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Hi I'm Bardell

I'm a husband and a father of five. I'm a landscape architect. Outdoors is my favorite place. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to have a career where I can help other people to enjoy nature. With that dream in mind I became a landscape architect. Some of my fondest moments include fishing a tranquil river with my kids, walking a windswept mountain ridge with a hunting partner or simply enjoying a dutch oven dinner with my family around a smoky campfire in the backyard. As a landscape architect involved in public recreation projects I have the unique opportunity to assist in providing opportunities for families to enjoy together some of the richest of God's creations. I have also been richly blessed in that my wife and kids are my best friends. We enjoy being around one another. Our daily conversation is full of one-liners from movies that we have enjoyed together. We have found that it doesn't take a lot of money to have fun, as long as we are together.

Why I am a Mormon

Enjoying my family the way I do is one of the many reasons why I am a Mormon. I love knowing that my Heavenly Father has a plan for me. I am grateful that His plan includes the opportunity for my wife and best friend to be my companion forever. The bumps and bruises that accompany us all on our path through life seem less significant and painful when viewed through an eternal lens. God has a plan for me and if my path through this life, as part of that eternal plan, requires that a few of my rough edges be knocked off in the process I will accept that willingly. A former coworker of mine says that, “Any landing you walk away from is a good landing”. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who lets me walk away from the roughest of landings. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to know that He lives, as does his Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am also grateful for the peace that comes with knowing that everyone with whom I associate throughout the day is a son or daughter of God. I don't have to agree with everyone, or even know everyone to feel that peace. He loves each one us and wants each of us to be the very best we can be in this life so that we can return and live in honor and glory in His presence after this mortal probation. I guess mostly I am a Mormon because I have felt the love of my Savior Jesus Christ as I have tried my best to follow the teachings of inspired prophets and teachers. I have felt that Spirit as I have shared my testimony with people in Venezuela as a young full-time missionary. I have felt it as I have read the accounts of my ancestors as they sacrificed all to nurture their faith and to worship as they so felt inspired. I have felt it as I have had opportunities to serve and to be served. Mostly I have felt my Savior's love as I have knelt each day in prayer to seek His guidance and will. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have heard it said that you would often be right if you assumed that everyone you encounter throughout any given day is facing one of the toughest challenges of their life. I try to live my faith by, first, maintaining my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and, second, by trying to always remember that everyone I meet on any given day may be facing some unknown challenge. It is easiest to live my faith when I start and end each day with a prayer.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The living prophet is Thomas S. Monson. He is not only the 'Mormon prophet' but a prophet to the world. In Amos Chapter 3, of the Old Testament, we are assured, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets". As all who have lived, now live and will ever live on the earth are God's children, he has established a prophet for all mankind. The living prophet holds the power and authority through the restored priesthood to offer guidance, direction and warning to all. For example, prophets have warned of economic, natural and political challenges and the need for families to prepare to sustain themselves and others through those times. Those who choose to heed the inspired counsel of the prophet, regardless of membership in the church, will be appropriately blessed as they obey.  Show more Show less