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Hi I'm Barry

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona.

About Me

I'm proud to be a kindergarten teacher in Arizona. When I was a boy, I was a Cub Scout, Webelos and a Boy Scout --I earned my Eagle Scout award in 1977 with a lot of encouragement from my parents. In high school, I lettered in football, basketball and baseball. I earned an academic scholarship to a Lutheran Seminary in Wisconsin. After three years, I transferred to a university in Arizona where I earned my teaching degree. I married a wonderful woman, Susan and we had two sons, Matthew and Alex. After an unexpected divorce, I married a wonderful woman, Debbie with three children. The youngest of which, Jeremiah, is currently serving a mission in Guatemala.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm proud to be a Mormon because I believe Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I believe our savior suffered and died for our sins. My favorite scripture is Romans 1:17, "The just shall live by faith." My favorite hymn is "A mighty Fortress is our God", "For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal."

How I live my faith

As mere, I knelt at my bedside and asked for our holy Savior to come into my heart, to guide me and allow me to serve Him in all things. As the years have passed, I have renewed this prayer on several occasions and have tried my best to follow in Christ's footsteps. I home teach four wonderful families. Through being faithful in my home teaching, I have met so many wonderful families, who have taught me so much more than I have them. When I first joined the church, I had the opportunity to serve others by helping to clean the church on Saturday mornings with other brothers and sisters. I also had the opportunity to work with others in our ward activities committee. One Sunday, our bishop requested that I meet him in his office and he extended the calling to teach Gospel Essentials class. I had only been a member of this church for a few short weeks. Believe me, I didn't feel up to or worth of the challenge. Knowing that he was called of God, I obeyed and prayed for guidance. Over the next six months, I learned a great deal by preparing lessons to help others. My wife and I both serve others in the Mesa Arizona Temple.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Barry
The LDS Church opposes abortion for personal or social convenience. Heavenly Father commands us in Doctrine and Covenants 596, "Thou shalt not ... kill, nor do anything like unto it." The LDS Church has a reverence for all life because it is a gift from our Heavenly Father Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Barry
We as members of Heavenly Father's Church do not partake of coffee, tea, alcohol or tobacco products because we believe that our bodies are temples given to use by our Heavenly Father and should not be abused. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Barry
Friends have asked me how at the age of 49 could I join a new church much less the Mormon Church? My answer is simple. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ. Mormons are Christians. It is not a sect or a cult. I have never been in a church that was more Christ centered. The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon lead us to our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ. My faith has been strengthened by becoming a Mormon. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Barry
As Mormons, we have a wonderful church that is centered upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. We believe that he suffered, died, was buried and rose again in fulfillment of the holy scriptures. We believe that Jesus is the only begotten son of our Heavenly Father and that he cared and loved us so much that he atoned for our sins while He was blameless and without sin. Show more Show less