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Hi I'm David Barrow

Grew up in Sherwood Oregon, serving a mission in Salem Oregon, I'm a gamer, nerd, geek, musician, animal lover, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a gamer, and I love music with a passion. I am 21 years old, and I am now on a full-time mission for the next two years for my church, serving in the Oregon, Salem mission. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, in the suburb of Sherwood, but I spent the last two years living in herriman Utah. I worked for a couple fast food places (In-n-out, Jimmy Johns, Jamba Juice) but I have a real passion for music. I went to a semester of BYU Idaho studying Music and Education, hoping to become a college professor of bands when I "grow up." I have one sister in my small little family, but she's pretty awesome. She studies Vocal Performance at Southern Utah University and is a great example to me in following the Spirit. I love camping, hiking, biking, and if it isn't any of those things I just love to stay home and do nothing. I have had some experiences in my life that have caused me to gain great faith in the Lord and his teachings, especially about the atonement. I also love to write emails and answering questions. (david.barrow@myldsmail.net)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when the world tells you that nothing will be okay, that you will never be able to be what you want to be, when you want to be it, God tells you differently. God says that you can be whoever you want to be, but he knows who you're meant to become. I am a Mormon because I know my Heavenly Father loves me. I know that even though there is so much darkness in the world, there is also light. I live with this light so that I do not get smothered in the darkness. Life is so much better in the light. There are a bunch of scriptures that have changed my life, and I would challenge anyone hoping to come closer to Christ to read these as well: 2 Nephi 4:15-35; Ether 12:19; 3 Nephi 11-18; Moroni 10 (all, but especially 32 and 33); and Alma 11-18. All of these scriptures have helped me to mold myself to become a man of God, and a Champion of Christ.

How I live my faith

I am serving a 2 year mission to teach other people about what I believe, that I might make them feel this same happiness that I have felt over these last couple months. I do not get paid, I in fact have to pay to be out here. I keep my God's commandments, and follow a set schedule to show my commitment to him and to his son. I do everything I can to show that I have taken upon me the name of Jesus Christ, and I show what I stand for with every action. I listen to wholesome uplifting music, I wear a suit every day, and I try to help other people know why I do this: To show God how much I love him, and how much I love his people. The best way to describe what it means to "live your faith" is to really know what "faith" is. Yes, faith is knowing things to be true even though it may not be seen, but faith is a principle of action, and of power. To have faith means to be living the Gospel of Jesus Christ day in and day out, without faltering. And if you do falter, or mess up, or anything like that, you are constantly repenting and changing your will to become more like that of the Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. To have faith means to lift up the fallen, to comfort those who stand in need of comfort. It means stopping and helping people when it is the most inconvenient time for you in your busy lives. I live my faith by being an example of Jesus Christ the best that I can, and helping others to do the same.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

David Barrow
Sometimes we are tempted to wear things and say things that are crude and irreverant. I know it can be fun, and entertaining, and it can provide a good laugh for the people around you. But as you go home after being at a party, after saying these crude things, or after a night of not being very chaste, just ask yourself "Am I happy?" The answer is probably no. There is a man in the Book of Mormon, whose name was Alma, that loved to do this. He would go around wearing the most expensive clothing he could find, doing whatever he felt like doing. He later repented and changed his ways, saying that "Wickedness never was Happiness." Are we happy when we do the things that we do? Are you happy when you walk out the door with those shorts on, that tube top on, and all manner of wicked men whistling after you like you're some kind of dog? I hope you aren't. I hope that you find out for yourself what you are worth, and that you will be able to love yourself more than that. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

David Barrow
Nope! It's a pretty big tradition to serve a mission, especially for male members of the church ages 18-26. But it isn't necessarily something that is forced on the members. "IF you have a desire, you are called to the work." Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

David Barrow
You can become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by living the teachings and following your heart. All around the world are thousands of full-time missionaries, and millions of part-time missionaries (any member of the church.) The best way to find out more about the gospel of Jesus Christ is to ask, or to come find out! :) Show more Show less