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Hi I'm Barry Soard

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I grew up in Nashville Tennessee. My parents were not involved in any church related activities and I did not recognize Christ as my Savior until I was 27 years old. At that time I found the chruch and was baptised. I have four daughters and 7 grandchildren. My curent career is real estate sales which I have been involved in since 2005. I have been a heavy equipment mechanic, a carpenter, a cable television construction lineman, and a salesman. I also work a part time job installing blinds and shutters.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1983 I was at the bottom of a downward spiral that had begun many years earlier when I made a decision to follow the crowd and do the things that brings pleanty of fun but no joy. By 1983 that decision resulted in me being alienated from my family, friendless; broken both spritually and financially. Even though I had been baptised, I did not have a testimony that God was real or that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. I prayed to know if God was real. My prayer was answered. The power of the Holy ghost came upon me with unspeakable joy to my heart. Heavenly Father comforted me through the Spirit and assured me that yes, he is there. He assured me that He loves me and that Jesus Christ is His Son. There was no doubt in my mind then or now of that truth. After receiving personal revalation that God and Jesus Christ are real I further figured that if they are real and we are their children there must be some organization on earth to help us to know and do their will. That was the start of my search for the true church. One day I was searching the yellow pages in the phone book for churches. Although I had done that several times before I had not noticed the listing for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Missionary Residence. When I saw that listing the Holy Spirit came upon me again and I knew immediately that this was the true church. I called the missionaries right away and told them I needed to talk to them about God. They were a bit concerned about my zeal but agreed to meet with me in an hour at their apartment. Later, as they told me about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith I sat nodding my head in agreement with all they had to say. During the previous six months the Lord had been preparing me to meet these missionaries. My next question to them was "when can I be baptised?" Of course, it wasn't fast enough for me but I recognized that the Lord was in charge and that I would follow him. I was baptised about three months later.

How I live my faith

I have found that faith can become weak and it can be maintained. It can even be increased. The minimum that I have to do to maintain my faith is to study scriptures daily and pray several times a day. Obedience to all the commandments and frequent repentance is required to maintain and increase faith and growth in the gospel. I strive each day to remember what is eternally important while doing waht I need to do to help my family thrive in the world. Serving others by magnifying my calling is my favorite way to serve the Lord. I am constantly looking for ways to feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Serving others is by far the best way to do that. However, I also find that listening to the testimonies of others in Sacrament meetings and online work very well. I have come to value the fact that being a member of the Lord's church on the earth is not an event. It is an eternal journey back to my Heavenly Father and requires daily action on my part.