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Hi I'm Dave Barney

I live in Southern California. I am a product manager for Google. I'm a father, a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband to a wonderful wife and dedicated mother. We have six very rambunctious boys, ages ranging from 11 years to 6 months. I work as a product manager and have been involved in software development for nearly 15 years. Outside of my demanding job, I enjoy being active, playing basketball, swimming, biking, running, and mostly doing these things with my wife and kids. I really enjoy coaching my kids' teams in basketball and baseball, as well as cheering them on in swimming each summer.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon and I was raised in the Mormon faith. From the time I was young, I have believed in God, prayed to Him, and felt His influence in my life. Family life growing up was completely centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ and our family was very active in our church. It had a huge impact on my development as a child. Of course, kids grow up and what our parents taught us doesn't automatically stay with us. We have to choose ourselves what lifestyle we will live and what beliefs are in our own hearts. So it was with me. When I reached 18 years and moved away for college, I knew I wanted to serve a Mormon mission, but I also knew I needed to do it for the right reasons and only if I really believed these things to be true for myself. That year began a serious search for truth. I read scriptures and prayed intensely every day. I looked back on my teenage years, seeing many friends make good choices and others make poor ones and how that was already affecting their lives in major ways. I could see the fruits of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and in others. I was very reflective. It was this year during intense scripture study and prayer that the Lord's spirit overcame me and witnessed to my heart that the Book of Mormon is true and contains the word of God. I learned the same of the Bible. I came to know that God knows me personally and will answer my prayers concerning life's deepest questions and even some of the less significant issues we face in life. I committed then and remain committed today, over 15 years later, to strive to be faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ and to His church. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Christ taught that the two great commandments are to love God with all our hearts and to love our fellow man in the same way. While I am certainly not perfect, I do try to live these commandments. I try to show God love by keeping His commandments, reading His word, praying to Him daily both personally, and as a family. One way I try to show God my love is to keep the Sabbath Day holy. This is one of the 10 Commandments in the Bible. To me and my family, it means that on Sundays, we attend church service, abstain from working (either in the office or the yard) and watching TV, do not go to the store or engage in commerce in any way, rest from the cares of the world, and spend quality time together as a family. Striving to keep this commandment has brought my family and me so many blessings! I feel revived and motivated when returning to work on Mondays and our family feels closer. I feel closer to God. I strive to show love for my fellow man by serving others in the community and in my church. For example, I spend several hours each week working with the youth in our church and visiting elderly. My wife does the same. We look for opportunities to serve in the community and local schools. My primary responsibility in life is to my family. As a result, this is where most of my time away from work is spent. My wife and try to find time for just the two of us, although that isn't always easy with the kids. I try to spend quality time with my boys each evening and on the weekends. This is a mix of homework, sports, practicing piano, reading books, and just plain old Star Wars battles with light sabers.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Dave Barney
Yes. Husband and wife and their children can be together forever. Sounds like a fairytale, but it's true. It seems to be one of the deepest desires of man - to remain with those we love most beyond death, but is too often only in the fictional, romanticized stories. However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that this is part of His plan for us, and the Priesthood of God enables us to be sealed together as families for time and all eternity. When I was a missionary in Germany teaching people the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this truth was one that people seemed to most identify with. It was commonly said by those we were teaching, most of whom had no religious background, "Yeah, that is what I have always believed." I don't think that response was coincidence. Truth understood resonates with people's souls. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Dave Barney
Absolutely! Show more Show less