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Hi I'm Barrett

I'm 20 years old. I'm actively involved in helping those in my community. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 20 year old boy who just loves to have fun. I love playing sports, namely football, basketball, soccer, golf, swimming, tennis, and ultimate frisbee. I also enjoy watching sports, hanging out with my friends, and am an avid video gamer. I also enjoy movies and television but am not a couch potato. I am currently not a college student though because I am serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I enjoy every opportunity that I have to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people and how it can bless their lives. When I get off my mission though, I hope to attend Utah Valley University in the spring or fall semester of 2013. If not there, then BYU-Idaho or Central Michigan University. I would like to be a high school social studies teacher and coach one day or a sports analyst. Any more questions, you can just ask.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and my family above everything else. I'm currently a missionary in the California San Fernando Mission and I'm having an absolute blast. I couldn't be doing anything more important with my life right now but what's important to know is that 2 years ago, I didn't see myself where I am right now. I've been a member my whole life but I haven't always been a believer. I've always had a pretty strong belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ but a belief in the church was non-existent until I was challenged by a member/friend of mine in August of 2010 to read the Book of Mormon and find out for myself if it was true or not. With this challenge came the challenge of going on a mission as well. Reading the Book of Mormon was not an easy thing for me to do because I don't like to read but I figured that excuse was not valid when it came to figuring out how I could be saved by Jesus Christ. It took me almost three months to read the entire Book of Mormon and then I knelt in earnest prayer after I read it asking to know whether or not it was true. The feeling that I had during that prayer was the greatest feeling I've ever felt in my life and I continue to have an incredible feeling every time I thank my Heavenly Father for giving me another record of scripture to bear witness to me that Jesus is the Christ and that he suffered and died for me so that I might live again one day with him. With knowing that the Book of Mormon was true, it was a no-brainer that I had to serve a mission. I had a friend already out on his mission in California and had two more friends from my congregation in Michigan preparing to serve missions as well and they're currently in Arizona and British Columbia, Canada. Seeing the example that these three young men have made for me only made it that much easier to want to serve a mission and I've been able to share what I know to be true with many wonderful people here in California. 8 wonderful people that I've taught have been baptized and I've had the pleasure of baptizing three of them myself. We have more baptisms scheduled for the end of February into March and if you'd like to know why these people are getting baptized, you can just ask one of your member friends to meet with the missionaries or request them from this website. I promise you that it will be the greatest decision that you'll have ever made in your life and it will not only bless you but it will also bless all your loved ones in more ways than you or they could ever imagine. Take the Book of Mormon challenge by reading and praying about it and find out for yourself whether or not it is true. With sincere and heartfelt prayer, you'll receive the answer that you're searching for and I know you will because I've received it myself.

How I live my faith

From the age of 12-18, though not necessarily always a firm believer, I was still active in my church and went to youth group every Wednesday evening if I didn't have a sporting event for school. My best friends were at the youth group as well so I knew I would always have a good time when I went there. I would play basketball and soccer and softball with them and we would read from the scriptures and talk about how Heavenly Father wants to bless us rather than punish us for what we do in life. I was involved with going out and teaching with missionaries serving in my branch back home in Michigan so even before I served a mission, I had an idea of what missionary life would be like and it was something that I was looking forward to. Other than the church being in my life, I think something that has blessed me significantly as well was being actively involved in a Boy Scout troop in our community. Though 75% of the scouts in my troop were not members, it's some of the most fun that I've ever had in my life and scouting instilled in me the characteristics that I would need in life to be a good person. Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout right before my 18th birthday was one of the proudest moments of my life and I'm greatful for everything that scouting has done for me. My Eagle Scout project was a town wide food drive to replenish a food pantry for a local non-LDS affiliated church that would give away food to the needy. They had not received donations that year so we went into action trudging through knee high snow drifts in the middle of December on a day that school had been cancelled because of a blizzard the previous day and we more than filled up the food pantry in less than two weeks. That was one of the greatest feelings I've ever had knowing that myself and my troop provided meals for less fortunate families that winter season. I felt the need to give back even more though so for the summers of 2007 through 2009, I worked at a Boy Scout Camp. It was probably the most fun I've ever had in my life. Being able to help these young boys achieve merit badges and helping them to turn into young men at the same time has by far been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. These are just some of the ways that I"ve helped in my community.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Barrett
The Holy Bible is absolutely the word of God. As a missionary, I am doing what I can to study the Holy Bible so that I might be able to familiarize myself more with it. I"m learning so much more about the prophets of Jerusalem before Jesus Christ and have learned an immense amount more about Jesus Christ himself and how we can prepare ourselves for when he will come again. The New Testament was a wonderful read and I learned a lot about his ministry that I never knew and reading the Old Testament is teaching me more about how to always have faith in the Lord and how to be a positive example to others. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Barrett
Not all Mormon youth are required to serve a mission, but it is strongly encouraged that we do what we can to prepare ourselves should we decide to serve the Lord one day. Preparing myself to serve the Lord has only increased my spirituality and now all I want to do every day is just serve others so again, while it is not required, it is encouraged that we do prepare to serve and even if we choose not to, it's still going to help shape us into the individuals that our Father in Heaven wants us to be. Show more Show less