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Hi I'm Barry

I am PhD microbiologist from Canada currently living in the USA, working to discover new medicines. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am research scientist (PhD Microbiology) and have worked for the last number of years in drug discovery with a global pharmaceutical company (AstraZeneca). I completed my PhD in 1989 at the University of Calgary (Canada). I also completed post-doctoral research at the Statens Seruminstitut in Copenhagen, Denmark. I did my PhD after serving a full-time mission for the Church. On my mission, I worked primarily with Laotian refugees. After my mission, I married my wife in 1990 in the Idaho Falls temple (the Alberta temple was closed for renovations). We are the parents of 7 children and currently live outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In my limited spare time I do home renovations (we have replaced all of the flooring in our house and renovated our kitchen and bathrooms) and am a novice hydroponic gardener!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was about 20 years old and just starting university. Some good friends of mine were LDS and invited me to learn more about the Gospel after another friend and I had stopped in Salt Lake City while on our way home from a trip to San Diego --we only ended up going through Salt Lake due to car trouble! We had toured Temple Square and were very impressed by the teachings of the Church. I took the missionary discussions and felt the Gospel to be true so followed the counsel to be baptized. I still had a number of questions and spent a lot of time studying and trying to find answers to those questions. Eventually, all of my questions were answered although that took a number of years. I started out having to rely on a feeling that the complete Gospel was contained within the Church. Since the time of my baptism, I have been active in the Church and have served in a variety of administrative, teaching and leadership callings. Through my interactions, particularly in leadership roles, I have been able to witness the great effect that the Gospel can have on the lives of individuals and families. It has also been remarkable to me to feel the guidance of the Holy Ghost to learn the will of Heavenly Father in various circumstances. One of the most vivid memories that I have of that was while I was participating on a disciplinary council. I was certain that the individual involved was headed towards excommunication, but the Lord had other things in mind for the person and the whole bishopric felt very much inclined that excommunication was not the route to go and the discipline was much different than I expected. After the meeting, I discovered that all members of the bishopric were certain that the outcome would be excommunication, but the outcome served to impress upon us that the Lord knows the hearts of individuals and recommends actions that are appropriate for the circumstances of each of his children. It was quite a testimony builder.

How I live my faith

In my current role within the church I work with all of the Young Men within our area (Stake). We support the local leaders of the Church in helping to train new youth leaders and also to provide guidance on how to work with the youth. In addition, we plan monthly activities for the youth that are designed to provide them with wholesome recreation and service opportunities with other members of their faith. This helps to strengthen them by knowing that others are also striving to llive the same high standards of morality. These activities also strive to strengthen testimonies of Jesus Christ and His work. It is often exhilirating to see knowledge and testimony come to individuals as they serve together. In my church role, I also work as a Unit Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America program.

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

The Mormon lifestyle is not dissimilar to that of many others in the local culture. We are typically found to be people who are willing to lend a hand and who try to participate in the local community. Mormons, typically, have strong values and ethics and, of course, a family-oriented people. In communities where Mormons are reasonably well known, they are well liked and respected as being honest and trust-worthy. One of the features of the Mormon lifestyle that is often surprising is that we have a strong sense of community within our local congregations and are often found doing things together whether enjoying a sporting or cultural event or we may be out serving in the local community (as a group, individually, or as a family). Our families are subject to the same stresses as anyone else's family but we feel that we have an opportunity to call upon God for assistance and direction in our day-to-day lives. This, perhaps, helps us to have a better method for dealing with life's stretches. Also, as part of a Mormon community, there are a number of other people with specific skills who are often willing and able to help us face some of life's challenges. Show more Show less