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Hi I'm Barry

Growing up a member of the Church on the east coast has helped me appreciate the value of Gospel teachings in my life.

About Me

While I grew up in the Church, for most of my youth I was less of a believer. Growing up in the East coast mostly, the Church was very small and spread out (30-45 minute drive to the meetinghouse), and while these didn't really cause my lack of involvement, other activities that were easier to access seemed to take me away from Gospel centered programs and associations. I also was a rebellious youth and growing up in the 70's was a combination I don't often share details of. However there were a few very positive elements (other than my parents) that helped me navigate this period of my life. Most notably were a scoutmaster and an early morning seminary teacher. Looking back, I've grown to realize what a great commitment both of these men had, not only to the Gospel, but to me - in spite of my resistance. Their examples stayed with me long after I had left the respective programs. I eventually left home and ended up living with grandparents in a more populated Mormon area for a year before really striking out on my own. It was during this time that I finally realized what I wanted out of life and the role that the Gospel played, and thankfully I knew how to get back.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That's a hard question because there are so many reasons. For starts, I guess I was raised by LDS parents and while I had a long period of rebellion, it planted seeds that eventually found a place to grow. Since then though, there have been lots of experiences and reasons that reinforce those initial seeds. Now as an engineer, I have a tendency to analyze things and look closely at the details. With this type of perspective, I have come to further appreciate the teachings of the Church and applications that these teachings have in my life and the lives of my family.

How I live my faith

I guess the biggest thing I do is to try to always be open about my affiliation with the Church. I've found that for me, to be successful in my life, I need basic guidelines that will help me achieve whatever I'm working on. One of those are my 3 C's for success: * Commitment * Consistency * Communication I believe that if I want to succeed in something, I need to keep focused on these basic principles, and as a member of the Church, the same is true. In my callings, whether as a father raising my children or as a adult leader, working with youth, the level of success I achieve can often be mapped back to my ability to magnify these characteristics in my actions and specific role. As I've served and participated in the Church programs, I've seen how these can lead to success in the things that I do. In many cases, though, as I start out, it's hard to see how these will make a difference, but I've come to know that if I do my part the Lord will make up where I fall short. So I guess that's how I 'live my faith' by doing everything I can to succeed just on my own and then recognizing when I whatever was accomplished couldn't have resulted from my actions alone.

What is faith?

Barry
I believe faith is our ability to develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father (God) that demonstrates itself in the changes it has on our behavior. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Barry
It is much the same as the health guidelines that God gave to the Children of Israel. The guidelines were given to remind them that the body is sacred and should be taken care of. God has again provided guidelines for us in our current times. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Barry
As a member of the Church, we are encouraged to dress our best for Sunday worship. I think of this in the same way I think of dressing for a special event; i.e. it is a way to show respect and appreciation. Sometimes though members can get caught up in the fashion, so it's important to remember that we are all welcome regardless of what we wear. Show more Show less