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Hi I'm Barry

I'm married to my best friend, have six wonderful kids, and love to ride my bike. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New England, but have spent the last fifteen years living in various places across the United States during college, graduate school, and while serving in the Air Force. I'm married to my best friend in the whole world, and have been blessed with six beautiful children who share our enthusiasm for life and adventure. Together we love the outdoors and always try to enjoy the world around us wherever we live. As a family we love to camp, climb, ski, and explore; my passion is riding and racing bicycles.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in another faith, and never really understood who my Heavenly Father was or comprehended his Plan of Happiness. I wasn't unhappy, but knew that there had to be something more to life but didn't know where to find it. When I was 18 years old I met my wife, a life-long member, and knew that she had something special in her life that I wanted to share. Through her example, and with the love and support of other Church members, I came to understand God's love for his children and chose to be baptized. My membership in the Church has allowed me to expereicnce countless joy by listening to His councils and allowing my actions to be guided by the Holy Spirit. To know that He loves each one of us is a constant source of strenght and testimony for me. I am also grateful to have a living Prophet to guide and council us during troubled times. As an Air Force family, the Church has been a constant source of support as we've moved numerous times. Wherever we go I know that we'll have friends who share our same beliefs and are always available to encourage and support our family. Finally, I feel blessed and honored to know that I can spend time and all eternity with my best friend and our beautiful children as an Eternal Family.

How I live my faith

I have served as a youth leader in the Church for the last ten years in various ways--from teaching early-morning religious education classes, to more recently in the Scouting program. I love their energy and enthusiasm for life, their love of adventure and pursuit of happiness. I also enjoy seeing them learn God's plan for them, and help them grow testimonies of our Savior and his love for them. As I didn't grow up in the Church, I have expereinced situations and gone through experiences that we teach them to avoid. I always pray that through my testimony they can remain close to their Father in Heaven and not have the same experiences.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I am an Engineer by education, and have always been fascinated by the way things work. As I've studied mathematics, science, physics, and other academic disciples I am always amazed at the interconnectedness of the world around me, how complex yet elegant his creations are, and how perfectly He has created the order of the universe. I cannot believe that these things came to be simply by chance or random order--to me it's a sign of his glory and majesty. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that the Family is the basic unit of our existence. We believe that we once lived in families before we came to earth, that we need families to learn and grow while we are in a mortal state, and that we will one day return to live in heaven with our family and be together forever. As parents we have the opportunity to understand what it is like to raise and care for children, and through this experience can understand more closely how our Father in Heaven feels as we go through mortality. Show more Show less