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Hi I'm Barry Jerome Dick

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I "was born of goodly parents" in Oklahoma City OK USA. I am the oldest of a brother and a sister who not only put up with me but were then and are now so good to me. They along with my grandparents, aunts, uncles cousins and extended family on both sides have been the best examples of living life right. However I did not appreciate their true value and unconditional love fully until I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1990. I needed a lot of help from friends, family and angels and now know the Lord had to have been behind it all. I am now 59 years old and married to a wonderful woman with two grown and growing children. We have the privilege of being proud grandparents thanks to our delightful daughter and her great husband. Our youngest is a junior in high school and on the varsity wrestling team. We find our way through the trials and tribulations of this life because we follow the the teachings of Jesus Christ daily and have come to know these things help us grow stronger and closer to Him. Oh yes, I continue to make lots of mistakes, however this church has taught me how to correct them and make things right. To have been so "lost" at one time because of my own poor choices and now to have been "found" because of the choice to investigate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turned out to be a very good choice indeed. The happiness and security I now have is immense.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 35 years old, a good friend introduced me to The Book of Mormon with a statement that I could not ignore. He said he new that truth did not change with time or by social beliefs and that it was constant. I felt these things begin to move deep inside me and confirm the hope that I longed for. And yet during this time I struggled with doubt. The philosophies that I was use to taught me to “cut corners”, and try to get gain by whatever means. If it feels good in the moment go after it and that will make you happy. After several years of living these themes I found not only was I unhappy I was in a downward spiral. None of the philosophies I had been following were working out as promised, in fact they brought much risk and heartbreak. Once I began to read the Book of Mormon I noticed distinct feelings of security and peace. When my friend invited me to church one Sunday I walked into it the chapel it felt like coming home. There were promises made in the Book of Mormon and I tested them by doing my part in living Gods commandments. I found the more I kept my promises to God, the more God kept his promises to me. For instance when I kept the Sabbath Day holy and paid my tithing the more I “prospered in the land” as it said. Yes it was hard at times and I was tested to see if I would do my part to build up that "muscle of faith" so that I could chose to make new habits that could replace past ones. Slowly and surely I began to see the wisdom in forgoing what might be "fun" for a moment or the "easy" way out (weakness' I still struggle against) for a lasting prize. I learned when I sacrificed what is unimportant for that which is important the "fruits like a watered garden" bloomed in my life. I discovered the Lord promise in Malachi 3:10 "I will open you the windows of heaven". Now I know if one is willing to seek out truth “nothing wavering,” God will lead you to it. I leave this testimony of why I am a Mormon with you in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

This church has given me the opportunity to learn and grow in ways like nowhere else. I never thought I could stand and give a talk or teach a Sunday school lesson to a group of people. But now I am able to do those things because I have accepted assignments asked of me by my church leaders. The Lord, the members and the resources available in this church has changed me into someone I can be proud of. I now can speak in public, teach lessons to youth and adults alike. And yet what I learn and take away from these efforts far out weighs what I give. This church gives me the opportunity to serve the poor and in doing so blessings open up to me and my family on a daily basis. This church provides me the opportunity to practice the golden rule everyday if I want, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matthew 7:12). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches me how to put into to action what Jesus teaches. In doing so my weaknesses and problems are manageable. And like a garden that is consistently tended to, the fruits of my labors come to pass.