Hi I'm Barry
I'm a college professor. I'm a father of 5 and a grandfather of 7. I'm a Mormon.
I love family get-togethers. Our family and grandchildren all live within 50 minutes, so it happens pretty often, which is great. I love teaching about engineering, particularly electronics. I love to ride 4-wheelers and motorcycles, and in my state, there are many places to do that, some amazingly beautiful. I have a recumbent bicycle I like to ride - so much more comfortable than the regular kind. I haven't been on any long rides yet - just 10 miles or less - but I ride it to work often (2½ miles). I enjoy public speaking, creme brulee, homemade ice cream, basketball, ultimate, and scenic hikes. I enjoy reading historical books and watching historical movies; I also teach a class about history.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I have studied MANY religions, and there is a very distinct difference in the Mormon faith. I know there is a God, that Jesus Christ is His Son, and that the Holy Ghost is real. I know these members of the Godhead love us, care about us, and want to help us, and I know we can learn to hear their promptings. I have experienced this literally thousands of times, and it ALWAYS is a great blessing in my life. I study quite a bit, both for my profession and for my religion. I know quite a bit about my religion and how it compares to most others, and I find it thrilling to continue to learn. There are many voices in the world today, and I believe it is very, very important to know which voices are saying the most important and the most true things. I have learned that it is possible to sense much about this, and to see through the distortions of truth that surround our society today.
How I live my faith
Our local congregation of about 350 members is led by our bishop, assisted by two counselors. I'm one of those counselors. I've served as a bishop before, as well as a counselor, so it's not my first time. I greatly enjoy getting to know the great members of our congregation, and helping to make wonderful things happen in activities, meetings, talks, and planning meetings. I have moved several times, and each time I find it easy to make new friends because the members of all the congregations I have been in are so very friendly. My wife and I count wonderful friends in many of our previous congregations. I read the scriptures daily, including the Book of Mormon, the Bible, the other scriptures, and the writings of the modern prophets and apostles. I pray twice daily. I ask the Lord to bless every meal I partake of. I pray twice daily with my wife, as we did with our family when our children lived with us (they're all married now). We hold a weekly Family Home Evening every Monday, as we have for the 34 years we've been married. I believe that one of the most important things I can do is to earnestly strive to become more like Jesus Christ - more loving, kind, patient, tender, caring, helping, thoughtful, committed, pure, and forgiving, along with many other desirable character traits. I know that as I do this, it blesses my life and the lives of all those I interact with, and I love feeling that I'm growing to be a better person.