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Hi I'm Barry

I grew up in Arizona, where I currently work as a geologist. I have a beautiful wife and four great kids. I am a Mormon every day.

About Me

I am descended from American Pioneer stock and take pride in the work ethic passed down to me by my parents. I have been married for 12+ years to a woman who is absolutely beautiful and intelligent in more ways than one, and is more than I deserve. Our 4 kids take after their mother. I am a college graduate with a BS in Geological Sciences. My favorite pass time(s)? Give me a fishing rod and a secluded stream full of trout in the mountains somewhere. Or a place to collect interesting rocks. Or a good book. Or ingredients to make cookies and a warm oven. Or a quiet place to take a nap...

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with deep religious roots, but raised by parents who while strict and carrying high expectations, allowed me the freedom to choose my own path in life. I sort of found myself through serving others as a missionary, and came to understand the value of truth. Simple, abiding, constant, fulfilling truth. I learned that many individuals, sometimes myself included, are afraid of truth and are more prone to navigate life based on what others - who might be perceived as wiser and more experienced, but in reality are self-serving, and often ignorantly so - rather than finding truth at the source - Father in Heaven. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His church, and teaches truth. Through personal experience and revelation from God's Holy Spirit, I know that God lives. I talk with Him daily. I know that Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior. Yes, I am saved, after all I can do...and all I can do is to accept Jesus Christ. Also, through revelation from the Holy Spirit, I know that the man, Joseph Smith, was God's prophet in modern times and performed the work that he was directed to accomplish, which was to restore Jesus Christ's church to the earth. I know the Book of Mormon, translated by Joseph through the power of God is a true record. I know God has placed a living prophet on the earth today. I am raising my own children in much the same way as my parents did me - I will teach them true principles and correct them, expecting great things of them, and in the end will allow them to govern themselves, so they can know the truth also.

How I live my faith

Not perfect at any of this stuff, but working at it: Daily prayer, personally and as a family. Daily scripture study, personally and as a family. Working hard together as a family. Playing hard together as a family. Teaching gratitude, honesty, work, responsibility, and duty to my children. Service to others, in and out of the church - in church I teach the young men. Maybe you'll run into me one day when you get a flat tire and I stop to help. Participation in my community. Love and respect for others. Loving my wife and respecting her righteous desires. Loving God. Honoring my commitments and living my covenants with my Father in Heaven. Continually seeking truth.