Hi I'm Barrett
I am 38 years old, I have three children, and have been married for 12 years. Our children are challenging but very fun! My wife is amazing because she homeschools our two school aged children along with caring for our toddler. I know she has the more difficult job between the two of us. I love her and appreciate all that she does for me our family!! I recently left my mortgage career of 10 years to work for a recycling company, we recycle old carpet. It is completely different but I find the change refreshing. I am able to help people save money and help the environment. I love sports and play softball and basketball... I do my best to play softball and basketball. I enjoy watching football, basketball, and pretty much all sports. I take stats for the Tumwater High School Football team. I graduated from Tumwater High School and played football there myself. Taking stats gives me a good excuse to go to the games and give back to the program that taught me so much and helped prepared me for life. The same head coach that I played for 21 years ago is still coaching there, and coincidentally, is also a Mormon. I love to go crabbing out on the Puget Sound and spending time with my family and friends on the water. Nothing like a good crab feed at the end of a sunny day on the water!! Other than that it's the daily routine of going to work, coming home to spend a little time w/ the wife and kids. Then it's the bed time routine and clean the house up. Start over the next day.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up as a member of the LDS church but I truely became converted while serving a mission for the church. I grew up in a home where my parents, my siblings, and most of my extended family on both sides were all active members of the LDS church. I grew up believing in the church for most of my life, but it wasn't until I left home to serve a 2 year mission for the church that I had to excersice my faith and truely develop my own testimony and "stand on my own two feet". I felt very strongly that if I was going to teach others about Jesus Christ and His restored the Gospel, then I needed to know it was true for myself. One day as I was preparing to leave on my mission I had an experience where I was overwhelmed by feelings of love from the Savior Jesus Christ. As I asked Heavenly Father in sincere prayer if the things I had believed for so long where actually true, I was overwhelmed with His Spirit. The Holy Ghost touched my heart and I knew that Jesus Christ is my Savior and the Savior of the world. I knew that He called a prophet in our time to open up the lines of communication in the latter days to restore, or reestablish the truth. I knew that He called this prophet to translate the Book of Mormon. I knew that the Book of Mormon is true scripture and testifies of Jesus Christ. Since this experience I have continued to study the scriptures, and pray to Heavenly Father on a regular basis. I don't tend to have extrodinary experiences, like the "lightning bolt" experience. I tend to have my testimony strengthened through small experiences and feelings I get from the Spirit that testify and confirm to me that these things are true. When I am obedient to the gospel of Jesus Christ I experience happiness. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or the Mormon church, teaches the fullness of gospel of Jesus Christ. It is through living the gospel that I can return to live with Heavenly Father with my family, forever. That is why I am a Mormon.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
We take the time every night to read from the scriptures and have a family prayer. Our children are ages 8, 6, and 2, so it is not always easy to keep them interested. We usually will read a scripture story from a children's scripture story book with some pictures. This gives us the change to teach our children and review with them every day the teachings of Jesus. Our children are still very young so I'll have to get back to you on how it all turns out, but for now they are learning the principles that we hope will be a strong foundation to help shield them from the unwanted influences they encounter. This also gives us the chance to just talk and see how the kids are feeling from day to day. A lot of times we'll end up talking about what has been going on with each of them. It gives us a chance to stay connected in our busy lives. One thing I do know for sure is that if we skip a night of two, we can tell a difference, so we are going to keep on doing it as long as we can.
How I live my faith
I coach my son's youth football team and the season opening Jamboree was scheduled for a Sunday. It was a good opportunity to teach my son the principle of keeping the Sabbath Day holy. I let my assistant coaches and the kids on the team know that while I am committed to the team and helping them succeed, I also have a commitment to keep the Sabbath Day holy and attend my church services on Sundays. My son and I both missed the Jamboree, and many of the other coaches, parents, and teammates were very supportive and possitive about our decision to live our religion.