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Hi I'm Bari

I´m not running for president, but I am a Mormon.

About Me

I really enjoy being outside and playing; haven't quite forsaken my childhood. I enjoy ultimate frisbee, going to Reds´games, being in a hammock, and mowing the lawn. I´m a first generation member of the church coming from a spilt family. My father and I found the church together when I was twelve, and now I'm Serving a Mission in Oaxaca Mexico. Missionary work has blessed my life a lot, and now it's my turn to share in this great work.

Why I am a Mormon

The Holy Ghost testifies of truth. I was an investigator of other churches growing up, but never had I felt the spirit more than when I heard the message the missionaries had and prayed about it. The more I learned and prayed, the more everything fit together, like a giant puzzle. I know that our Heavenly Father answers prayers if we are sincerely seeking for truth. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has all the answers we need to find peace and security, despite our sometimes difficult situations.

How I live my faith

Since being baptized, i have been called to several different postitions in the youth program and helped plan most of our activities, including service projects and trips to Palmyra, New York and Kirtland, Ohio. I participated in scouting and achieved Eagle Scout. Right now I´m serving a full time mission in Oaxaca, Mexico. I´ve never been a perfect person or the perfect example, but i try to help others when oppurtunities are presented to me, and strive to be a witness of God "at all times, in all things, in all places."

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Bari
In the early 1800´s a wave of religious interest known as "The Great Awakening" swept the United States, and with it several new Christian churches. With so many different opinions on The Bible, many people were confused about which church was true. A young man named Joseph Smith lived in upstate New York with his family. They visted several churches and listened to several different preachers, but still came to no conclusion. A Bible passage in the first chapter of James reads "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God," and upon reading this and feeling very impressed by it, Joseph Smith decided that he could only get an answer through God. One day in the spring of 1820, he went into a grove near his house and began to pray. Unexpectedly, he was visted by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, who told him that the Church organization Christ established on the Earth, the Priesthood authority to do sacred things, and many simple doctrines had been lost after His death and that of His Apostles. Christ also told Joseph Smith that with time, He would restore His church with the proper authority again on the Earth. After this visit, Christ sent other heavenly messengers inclding Peter, James, and John to lay their hands on Joseph Smith´s head and give Priesthood authority just like it was given in times of old. Over the course of 10 years, the same church that Christ established in His Earthly ministry with all its offices and the fullnes of the Gospel was restored. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Bari
The Book of Mormon and the Bible are both Testaments of Jesus Christ, but the Bible is a record of God´s dealings in Israel, whereas the Book of Mormon is a record of God´s dealings in the ancient Americas. In Biblical times we know that people lived in the Mediterranean, as such is recorded in the Bible and other historcal writings. We also know that in these times there were people living across the Atlantic Ocean on the American continents (ie. ancestors of the the Aztecs, Mayas, Incas). Because God loves everyone and isn´t discriminatory, there were also prophets among these people that preached of Christ´s coming and ministry. And because there wasn´t E-mail like there is in these days, the people on the seperate continents didnt know about each other, much less communicate. For this reason, after His ressurection and ascencion, Christ appeared to and ministered among the people on the American continent as well. All of this was recored by prophets just like the Bible was. Ultimately, in the year 400 these records were hidden in the ground by a prophet named Moroni (whose father´s name was Mormon) to protect them from wicked people that wanted to destroy or steal them. 1400 years later, Moroni appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith as an angel and instructed him as to where these records, which were written on plates of gold, were hidden. Through the power of God, these records were translated by Joseph Smith into English and printed in 1830 as The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Bari
Temples serve Eternal purposes. We know that a marriage license has the power to bind a couple legally on this Earth, but it does not however, have the power to bind a family for eternity. In the Temple, sacred ordinaces are performed, the highest of which being the sealling of a family forever. Temples also serve people that have already died physically, but never had a chance to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ and recieve the ordinaces therin by proper authority. When Christ died, he went and preached the Gospel to spirits in the postmortal spirit world (1Peter 3:18-19 & 1 Peter 4:6) so that they to would have a chance to accept it. But seeing as how they don´t have physical bodies, in the Temple, we do the ordinances (such as Baptism) in thier name and they can accept it for themselves. All of the ordinances done in the Temple, are also available for those that have already died physically. This was a part of the original church that Christ established, too (1 Corinthians 15:29). Temples existed anciently and have always been sacred and clean. For that reason, it´s a very spiritual place where one can gain personal direction from God. It´s also a place where The Lord can dwell. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Bari
Sometimes people think of the word "prophet" as a weird person that predicts the future, or somebody that works with smoke and whistles and tricks, but in reality it has nothing to do with that. A prophet is a man that has been called by God to relate important instructions or guidance for the people. Throughout time, God has chosen prophets such as Noah, Abraham, and Moses, to teach the gospel and direct His church. Because our world changes continuously, and with it the necessities of the people, God has continued to call prophets to lead and guide the church, and also to receive direction to meet our current needs. The whole purpose of a prophet is to meet the current needs of the people living on the Earth. Not only is there a living prophet that guides the church under Jesus Christ in these days, but also twelve Apostles. We read that Prophets and Apostles are not only necessary, but also a true characteristic of the church that Christ established when he was here on the Earth (Ephesians 2:19-20). This organization and authority was lost for a long period of time following the martyrdom of the Apostles and other general authorities of the original church, but was restored in 1830 by Peter, James, and John, under the direction of Jesus Christ, to Joseph Smith. Since that time, there has continued to be Prophets and Apostles on the Earth that receive revelation from God and help prepare us for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet. Show more Show less