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Hi I'm Jerry Barker

I am a husband and father. I am a plant ecologist. I am an environmental consultant and a university professor. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Payson, Utah, USA. As a child I lived in Nephi and Bountiful, Utah. I studied botany at Brigham Young University and plant ecology at Utah State University. I went on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to south Texas. My mission was rewarding to me as I was able to teach about Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and the need for a living prophet. One of the great experience of my life has been being married and raising my children to adulthood. I have one son, one son-in-law, two daughters, and three granddaughters. I enjoy being with family. We have had the privilege as a family to live four wonderful places including Logan, Utah; Mogadishu, Somalia; Corvallis, Oregon; and Arvada, Colorado. My hobbies are skiing, hiking, yoga, reading, gardening, biking, and being with my family. I enjoy life. I have had an interesting career as a plant ecologist. I have taught ecology and rangeland science classes and conducted research at the Somalia National University. I served as a research scientist at a federal research laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. Currently, I am a senior scientist with an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, Colorado and I teach natural resources classes for the University of Denver.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was raised in the Church. My parental and maternal ancestors joined the Church in England and immigrated to Salt Lake City to be with other Church members. My testimony of the Gospel and membership in the Church is not fully derived from my ancestors even though I honor them for their determination and courage in following their testimonies and convictions. The testimony that I have of Jesus Christ, the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the result of personal experiences. I can remember the warm feeling in my heart as a child when I sang hymns about Christ and the Book of Mormon. I can still remember the special feeling that I had when I was baptized when I was 8 years old. I knew that I was doing the right thing. Many questions about the teachings of the Church have been answered through studying the scriptures, reading the teachings of living prophets and apostles and daily prayer. The greatest witness to me of the truthfulness of the Church is through living the teaching of Jesus Christ. The still small voice of the Holy Ghost has whispered to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the authority to administer the ordinances and teachings of Jesus Christ to all nations and people. My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has motivated me to be a better person, to take responsibility for my actions, and to be of service to others.

How I live my faith

I want people to know that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and that I believe in Jesus Christ through my daily actions. I strive each day to live the teachings of Jesus Chris as taught in the Bible and Book of Mormon and taught through his living prophets. I went on mission for the Church to south Texas where I was able to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as He established it during his earthly ministry and that the Bible and Book of Mormon are both witnesses of the divinity of Jesus Christ. I have taught the Gospel to my children with the hope that they will develop a testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the Church. I taught my children to be responsible and self sufficient adults. I strive to support my family financially, emotional, and spiritually as appropriate. I strive to be of service to other people and to be influential in their lives through volunteer work in my Church and community. Volunteer work for my Church has included being involved in adult and youth programs, teaching Gospel classes and holding various administrative offices. I enjoy being involved with my church. I also find satisfaction in doing community services. I have been involved in various projects from picking up trash around my neighborhood to painting houses for elderly people. I was volunteer soccer coach and referee for several years for youth soccer organizations. The Church and Gospel have been guiding influences in my live and service to others.