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Hi I'm Barry

I was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in both Pennsylvania and Georgia in the United States.

About Me

I am a semi-retired grandfather. I retired from a career in law enforcement and technology. I still teach part time at a local technical college. My hobbies include falconry (training birds of prey and hunting with them), genealogy, and many types of outdoor activities. I love the natural beauty of God's creations so I have an interest in nature and animals of all types. In addition to training many species of Birds of Prey, I have also raised and trained horses and dogs. I have a special fondness for Jack Russell Terriers and Springer Spaniels. I have rescued and raised a host of other animals such as racoons, skunks, alligators, and squirrels. Happily, it is almost an after thought, but I am also a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and had surgery. When it returned 4 1/2 years after surgery I had radiation. I have now been cancer free for 3 1/2 years so it has been almost 8 years since my original diagnosis. I seldom think about it any more. The most fulfilling thing is service and no service is as fun as helping family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending different evangelical Protestant churches and became a member of a fundamental Bible Baptist church. From these teachings I began searching the Bible and desired to know for myself if the things I read were true. I will never forget kneeling to pray, pleading to know if Christ really died to pay the debt for my sins so I could dwell with Him eternally. The undeniable inspiration of the Holy Ghost washed over me and bore witness of the divinity of Christ, His mission, and that He was the only begotten Son of God. That life-changing experience of accepting Christ as my Savior is vivid to me still. I held tight to my testimony of Christ and my "born again" experience. I thought that monumental witness from the Holy Ghost represented a once in a life time witness. But, I was about to make a stunning discovery. I would soon discover that the Holy Ghost testifies powerfully, bearing witness to all truth if we go to our Father in Heaven in prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. I learned this truth when LDS missionaries came and asked me to study with them and pray. I read the Book of Mormon and asked the Lord if it was true and what He would have me do. I received that same great spiritual witness I had received during my acceptance of Christ as my Savior. I now understand that such experiences can and should be frequent occurrences. God wants us to come to Him for guidance on all things, especially religious truths so He can lead us step by step closer to Him.

How I live my faith

Since I have been a member of the church for decades, At one time or another I have been fortunate to be called to almost every calling at the local Ward (congregation) level. I currently have two callings in our ward. I am the Ward Clerk. As clerk I (with help from assistant clerks) maintain all the membership records. This includes maintaining member addresses and other contact information along with information about baptisms and other ordinances. I also transfer records in and out of the ward as members move to different areas. We also process all financial transactions including donations and expenditures. As ward clerk I also work closely with the Bishop of our local congregation. I attend Bishopric meetings and provide the bishop with reports and other information to help him in his calling. My other calling is Family History Consultant (FHC). As a FHC I help members and non-members in our area with their family history research. This is essentially genealogy research. While I sometimes help people in their home or over the phone, I primarily run the Family History Center located in a small room associated with our chapel. The center has 3 PC's with access to many installed and online services. We also have 2 microfilm readers. To learn more about family history work and why we are involved in this rewarding research go to http://mormon.org/family-history