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Hi I'm Barron

I'm an endurance athlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a dad, step- dad, and grand dad. The kids all live out west and I really miss them. I love to play outside. Tennis, snowboarding, road and mountain biking, and a few races a year for fun sprint triathlons adventure racing, and 1/2 marathon and shorter. My wife teaches group fitness classes and likes when I attend. We stay busy with church activities and love the people we associate with. When it is time to relax I love to read.  

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised a Southern Baptist and my parents were very involved with our church. We moved out west when I was 12 and never found a church home. In high school I dated a young lady that was a Latter Day Saint. It was all new to me, had never heard of the Mormons before. Her family was so fun to be around that I went to everything they invited me to, including Sunday services. I finally agreed to meet with the missionaries when I was laid up after a surgery. A retired couple from South Porcupine Canada taught me and though I tried, along with friends from other churches, I could find no fault with the doctrine. In fact it sounded very practical and every question and concern I posed was answered satisfactorily. I tried to go back to my old ways a couple of times over the next few years but I knew in my heart it was true. The Spirit had touched my heart and 32 years later I am still confident in my convictions. I love this Gospel.  

How I live my faith

 Since the age of 26, about seven years after my baptism, I have been given wonderful opportunities to serve in leadership positions. I try and do the simple things everyday that will allow me to live with the guidance of the Holy Ghost. Since we operate without paid clergy everyone has a responsibility and we serve together to try and make sure everyone has what they need temporally and that our families are fortified against a world that is trying to break families apart. Right now my responsibility is working with the full time missionaries and members encouraging them as they work together to share their beliefs. I make plenty of mistakes so one Gospel principle that is dear to me is repentance. I know when I mess up My Saviors grace is sufficient for me to be forgiven if I humble myself and sincerely try and forsake the sin.  

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Both parents are so important in a happy family.Not to over simplify but when a child falls down the dad will say "get up dust off you'll be fine" teaching the child to persevere when times are hard. A mother will tell the same child " oh let Mommy kiss it and get you a band aid and give you a big hug" teaching the child compassion and nurturing. Being able to see different ways of dealing with issues helps children learn to be balanced and that there are different approaches that will work. The husband is to lead, but only in righteousness with love, he is responsible for providing for the physical and spiritual needs of the family. The mothers primary responsibilities are to teach and nurture the kids, although many husbands need a good deal of nurturing too. A loving mother and father together will help children feel safe and secure, allowing them to grow confident.    Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

 It has been a great experience for me to travel with hundreds of men from church to help in the aftermath of floods,and hurricanes. You really get to know people when you work together. Those trips are never convenient but I think of how I feel when someone willingly lends me a hand. Over the years I have also worked on church farms, in the storehouse,canneries and on many work details around the community. The greatest thing to see however is when someone embraces the Gospel and starts living the principles of honesty, self reliance, hard work, and faith, and sees God guiding them for good.  Show more Show less