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Hi I'm Steve Barker

I have a large and happy family, I'm now retired, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of six children, grandfather of thirteen, and I am happily married to my wife, Janet - so far for 43 years. I have worked for a number of companies throughout my career, and for the last twelve years I have run my own business, which I really enjoyed. I am now recently and happily retired!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was just ten years old - mostly because some of my cousins joined. As I grew older and reached the age of sixteen, many of my friends in school were making life-style choices which were inconsistent with the teachings of the church, so I had some decisions to make - was I going to join them or continue to follow the church teachings? I decided that I needed to properly examine the reasons why I went to church, and if I really believed what the church taught. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it, and received an answer to prayer, which filled me with an incredible peace and assurance about that book's status as sacred scripture. Because I had received that assurance in answer to prayer, I was also confident that the book's translator, Joseph Smith, was an inspired man - a prophet. These were the real beginnings of my religious convictions. Since then, I have had innumerable spiritual experiences, and I have studied fairly extensively and continue to encounter what I consider to be compelling evidences to support and authenticate the prophetic ministry of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I have also had the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with a good number of the Apostles and Seventies who serve as the leaders of the church, and have found them to be men of integrity and enormous spiritual strength. The church has become a great source of strength and direction in my life - it makes me extremely happy!

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had many opportunities to serve in the church. Because the church does not have a paid ministry at the local level, members are frequently invited to respond to calls to serve in the church, and I appreciate the chance to help others when I can. Currently serving as a high priests group leader, I have previously been privileged to serve as a stake president, stake executive secretary, stake high councillor, stake young men president, bishop, branch president, and ward mission leader. Each has been different and each has been full of outstanding experiences, as I have worked alongside so many amazing and wonderful people! No approach to the question of how I live my faith could be considered complete or even commenced without reference to my family. The family occupies an exalted status within LDS theology, and my family is certainly important to me! My wife, Janet, is the love of my life - a strong and steady person who is a wonderful companion and friend. Each of my six children and their partners are most precious to me, and all of my grandchildren are a delight. Not all of my family are actively involved in the church, but they are all loved equally, regardless of that. My faith is bound up in all of them - their happiness and well-being is what matters most to me.