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Hi I'm Talmage Jason Barney

6th generation Arizona Mormon, husband, dad, land developer, music producer, composer, recording studio owner, tech entrepreneur.

About Me

My favorite thing is to be with my wife Traci and my four kids. I love to watch us all find happiness in living the gospel. We spend as much time as possible at the family ranch near Christopher Creek. I'm the oldest of 10 and Traci is the oldest of 5. We all live within just a few miles so there are tons of cousins, newphews, and nieces. I served a mission in Osaka, Japan in 1988 then went on to study music at MCC and ASU (composition, theory, jazz, classical piano, electronic music, music education). I taught music for seven years then started an Internet company in 1997. After selling that in 2000, I got into the family business of land development. I love to listen to and create music. I especially love classical, jazz, americana/country, film scores, and classic rock. Some of my favorites are Mahler, Beethoven, Copland, Stravisnsky, Bartok, Mack Wilberg, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Rachel Portman, Gil Evans, Vince Menoza, Maria Schneider, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Hiromi, Alison Krauss, Johnny Cash, and anything else that is amazing and/or inspiring. I own a recording studio and have been part of numerous great projects including Reflections of Christ and Constitution Week USA. I write music, produce, play in bands, mostly for the church or community. I also serve on several local boards and commissions that focus on music and the arts, education, regional community planning, or economic development in the Phoenix and East Valley area.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. I have ancestors that walked and talked with Joseph Smith, lived in Nauvoo, crossed the plains, and were sent to Arizona by Brigham Young. Two of the four founders of Mesa are my great grandparents memorialized in the statue at Pioneer Park across from the Mesa Temple. I have no end of faithful and committed examples. Top among these are my Dad and my Grandpa Barney. They taught me hard work, ranching, testimony, faith, integrity, and kindness. Grandpa threw in an extra bonus. He taught me to play the saxophone and to love music at a young age. Along with a mother, grandmothers, uncles, and aunts, I have an endless heritage of why to be a Mormon. However, nobody forced me against my will. Instead their faith brought such assurance and happiness, it never occurred to me until later in life that any other path could make sense. Yet, in spite of being blessed with a deep and rich heritage of Mormon faith and values, everyone eventually has to come to terms with their own beliefs and I was no different. As a senior in High School, some of my best friends were in the band. Most weren't Mormon and lived by different standards. One day, hanging out in the band room, three or four of them asked me out of the blue: "Do you really believe in that Joseph Smith story?" I gave the best shot at the "proper" answer I could: "Sure!" But in my heart, I knew that was a very good question and that I needed to think about it. That became more and more a topic of prayer that was eventually answered in the remote fishing town of Tanabe Japan. While kneeling in prayer, a total clarity of understanding confirmed to me that indeed Joseph was all he said was. As a result, The Book of Mormon and Christ's church he restored are true. The answer to that prayer and the spirit I feel when I read The Book of Mormon continues to this day to be the real anchor for why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I don't live my faith perfectly, and often quite imperfectly. However, I have learned many times over, by experience, that faith in God and obedience to Christ's Gospel are the only viable and valid means to peace and happiness. From that, that I find myself regularly recommitting myself to core and simple gospel principles. I serve in the church, currently as a scoutmaster and a home teacher. I seek as many ways possible to serve in my community and make it a more uplifting place to live. Most of all, I take very seriously the responsibility of being a father and husband and the need to ensure that my home has the Spirit of God at all times.