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Hi I'm Barry

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad, with five great children and and loving wife of 29 years. I work as an electronics applications engineer with cell phone power supplies. The idea is to make your cell phone battery last longer. I earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I enjoy spending time with my children & grandchildren, playing the electric guitar and keeping up on the latest happenings in the world around me. I am a history buff, a trained SKYWARN severe weather spotter and have been amateur radio-licensed since I was 14. I believe that every day is a gift from God. My time is limited. I must make the best of it while I am here!

Why I am a Mormon

This is the faith my parents gave to me - thanks, Mom & Dad! I have come to appreciate it through my own personal experiences. I felt led to examine the roots of my faith while I was away at college. My room mate and I received the missionary lessons together. I tested the principles just like any person investigating the LDS faith is invited to do. I fasted and prayed to know whether Joseph Smith was a prophet and whether the Book of Mormon is indeed the word of God, and did receive answers to my questions through that "still small voice" spoken of in the scriptures. What impressed me is that our Heavenly Father is so careful to honor our agency -- our right to determine our own destiny. He will not force himself on us. He will try to reach us -- usually through others. But when it comes down to it, we have to ask. And when we get ourselves in the right frame of mind, when we desire him most in our lives -- when we are ready to lay it all down -- "give away all our sins to know him" -- he is there. Every time, again and again. At least, that is my experience. So I don't have to remember back to that day 33 years ago when I recognized Him speaking to me for the first time. He is still speaking, day in and day out. I just have to remember to listen. And I suspect He was always there. I just didn't know how to listen. With time and some experience, I am better able to recognize that guiding voice on a regular basis. It is comforting to have that direction -- I guess that's why they call Him "the Comforter." This has been my experience. I hope it may be of help to you.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed with many opportunities to serve within the LDS faith. I've worked with the youth. My wife and I have shepherded a brood of 3--year olds! I've also had responsibility over an entire congregation of 650 members. Currently, I teach a youth Sunday School class -- the leaders of tomorrow!

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

A general falling away from the truth occurred after the death of Christ’s Apostles. This is called the Apostasy (Amos 8:11-12, Acts 20:29-30, 2 Timothy 4:3). When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He established His Church. After His Ascension into heaven, His Apostles carried on His work under His direction, through revelation and with His priesthood authority. After the Apostles and many righteous Church members were killed and other members departed from the truth, the Lord took the priesthood authority and His Church from the earth. Without God’s priesthood authority, the Church no longer functioned as Christ had established it. The ordinances were changed and many plain and simple truths were lost. While many good people and some truth remained, the original Church was lost. The Apostles prophesied of the falling away or Apostasy. One example is Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians 21-3. The Apostle Peter prophesied of the “restitution of all things” before Christ’s Second Coming Acts 319-21. Having been lost because of the Apostasy, Christ’s Church and His authority were to be restored to the earth. This Restoration would make available the opportunity for all to receive once again all of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. In subsequent years, Christ restored His priesthood and reorganized His Church. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

This is the all important question. Can you receive an answer to prayer? If you have previous experience, the process may be straightforward. I believe that God is the source of all truth. I know that he can answer your prayer, your questions. I have come to understand that he speaks to my mind and my heart - the "mind" meaning that, what I'm asking about, if it is true, will make sense and seem logical. The "heart" meaning that if it is true, it will "feel right", will cause me to feel enlightened or uplifted and positive. The longer I ponder this and consider it's impact in my life, the more comfortable and peaceful it will cause me to feel. Scriptures to ponder - James 1:5 and Moroni 10:3-5(The Book of Mormon). After putting in the "work"(reading), ask him if what you are reading is true. Kneel down(this is a symbolic gesture of humility)and ask your Heavenly Father if what you have read is true. Live in accordance with the commandments, as you know them(be true to yourself, be a person of integrity). You may have experienced feelings of peace, hope, comfort, or happiness as you've read already. If so, you have indeed felt the Holy Ghost telling you that the things you have read are true. It can be quite subtle. To realize that you are important enough for God to reveal this truth to you, is a joy! Then you realize that you are not alone - and that is empowering! Show more Show less