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Hi I'm Bernell

My Wife and I are BFF (Best Friends Forever)...Literally.

About Me

I'm a guy with a terrific wife, six adult children, and 22 grandkids. I love to hike, climb, rappel, run barefoot, cycle and camp. I'm not into things with motors like ATVs. I prefer living life barefoot - meaning to feel the earth under my feet literally and metaphorically. I'm an entrepreneur and love business. I enjoy doing almost anything with my wife, who is my best friend in the world. We've been married 42 years. If I could wish any blessing on you, it would be to have a spouse like mine. Thanks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, she's the best thing that has ever happened to me. We were called to serve as full time missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Uganda Kampala mission. We have since returned to our home in the U.S. but will always remember our friends on the world opposite. Today, we are very happy and content with small means and plenty of love to share. This is all thanks to our Lord, Jesus Christ. We want to be like him in every way we can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but had to learn for myself if it was right for me. While in the 9th grade (age 15), I came to know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church on the earth today. This happened as I was reading and praying about the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ along with the Holy Bible. I had been told by a seminary teacher to ask God if the book were true each time I turned a page. I was in my dad's study at home, reading and praying. As I turned another page and asked the question, a very clear voice came into my mind. It was the first time in my life that I heard the Spirit speak, not aloud but very clearly inside me. The voice actually had a timber, tone, or feeling that I would recognize in later experiences. It said, "Bernell, everything your parents have been teaching you about this Church is true, including this book." The power of that instant so overwhelmed me that tears coursed down my face and I began to sob. I wish I could say that since that first born again experience, I have never strayed from what I learned. That is not true. I still made poor choices and did wrong things at times, but since that moment in my life I have never doubted that there is a God in heaven who knows me personally, that Jesus is indeed the Christ, and that the Holy Ghost is real and speaks to me. There have been many times over the years that this same voice has protected me and given me counsel and direction. Sometimes even very direct reproof. I'm so thankful to now KNOW.

How I live my faith

I start every single day in personal devotional. I sing a hymn, say my prayers, and read from scriptures - all aloud. This hour starts my day so I feel clean and ready to tackle the chores and blessings of living. My wife and I have our own personal declaration of faith that harmonizes with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This declaration states what we stand for and helps us focus on things we are working on to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. In my business dealings, family affairs, and Church responsibilities, I try my very best to live as Christ would have me live.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

I used to believe that "Eternal Life" was something to be anticipated and looked forward to, which is correct. But I have come to realize that eternal life is also now, this instant, today. As followers of Jesus Christ, one of our main quests is to find eternal happiness. I now know for myself that we can enjoy eternal happiness on this earth and that we don't have to wait until we go on to the next life. In fact, if we find ourselves always looking forward to the Heavenly Gate at death, where we will finally be truly happy, we may be disappointed. To a large extent, the happiness we will find in the life hereafter will be dependent on the degree of happiness we have enjoyed here on earth. Although life has many trials, pains and tears, it can also include the beautiful, the sweet and the fun. Heavenly Father created this earth that we might have joy and rejoicing. If we are ungrateful or always wishing for happiness after this life...that illusive "someday", we may be making a serious mistake. I have found eternal life is to be had now and not just in some future day. May you find peace and happiness and eternal life for yourself as well. Start by learning Christ's plan of happiness, and then live it. Even with the trials, your days can be very, very sweet. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I suppose that being a Mormon is much like being an active member or many other churches, both Christian and others. There are devout Mormons and casual ones. I consider myself devout. Devout Mormons practice our faith every day with some similarity to devout Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and other Christians. But the main difference is our focus on Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. Like others, we say prayers, sing hymns and read scriptures. But when I pray, I expect inspiration and even occasional revelation to give me guidance in important decisions. Our belief in continued revelation from God makes us different than many others. There are other characteristics that make being a Mormon different. In our holy temples, we make sacred covenants with God and each other. My wife and I covenanted with God that we would be faithful to each other and to Him in our marriage. In return, God promised us His blessings in this life and that we will remain sealed as husband and wife for all eternity as we remain faithful. The covenant of the priesthood adds blessings to all members of the Church including women and children. Men hold the priesthood in similar fashion to women filling the role of mother and nurturer in the home, but all benefit. My perspective of life is different because of the gospel. Because of Jesus Christ and His atonement and teachings, I see things differently. I'm so thankful for the light and blessings that being a Mormon provide for me and my family. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

I've spent many years learning about nutrition and fitness - and how we can best care for our bodies as temples of God. With available knowledge today in combination with modern medicine, I believe we should be able to live into our second hundred years if we just live what we learn. One thing that continues to amaze me is how our culture here in America defies almost every inclination to do that. Even as a Mormon, it is surprising how many church and social events I attend where the food and drink being served is not nutritionally sound and will hurt the body over time if consumed regularly. An irony is that before eating and drinking this stuff, we often say a prayer asking Heavenly Father to "bless the food that it will nourish and strengthen our bodies" even though we know full well it will not. It is almost as if we expect God to magically change that delicious fudge brownie a la mode into a fresh veggie sandwich. So, my personal view is that we Mormons as well as others should practice what we preach. Care for our bodies by watching what we put into them and exercise and live long. It is what God intends. Show more Show less