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Hi I'm Barry

I'm American, Southern & native Floridian. I went to BYU, FSU and work in Healthcare I.T. I'm a Husband & a Dad.

About Me

I like to read, go places, do things, especially when it's on a date with my wife. I like watching movies, college football and playing games (video, board, card...whatever) with my kids. I like camping, I love the beach, and try to find time for the following...golf, shooting sports, boating of any kind...usually in that order I enjoy working in the yard, building things with my hands, and learning while solving problems with my mind. I love spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught throughout my life about the teachings and principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I always knew that many other people in the world had many other beliefs that were both similar and different from my own. My mother repeatedly taught me that truth can be found in many places but the Gospel is where all of that truth is found arranged in the perspective that brings the most happiness to ourselves and others. I have visited other churches with friends and in other lands, I have listened to the things that they teach. I have come to realize that I am not an authority on anyone's faith but my own. When I needed to know if the teachings were true, I have felt reassurance from the Holy Spirit. This is where my testimony comes from. Not a randomly occurring physiological response to situational teaching circumstances, but through consistent seeking and asking for confirmation of things that have really happened. There are many fantastic and seemingly unbelievable things that are taught by my church, and I recognize that. I also recognize that there are equally fantastic and seemingly unbelievable things that relate to being a Christian of any denomination, as well as declaring myself independent of religious thought altogether. I accept these things (which to me are both fantastic AND believable ) and know them to be true...not because I was indoctrinated and taught from a young age, but rather because I can find no other organization that specifically promises so much to me and my family, and additionally because I feel right and good inside as I take part in what I feel my Heavenly Father has asked me to do.

How I live my faith

I'm currently the Bishop in the ward...I oversee a congregation of about 430. Throughout my life I've served as a youth (Deacon's Quorum President, Priest's Quorum Assistant) as a young adult Executive Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, Elder's Quorum Counselor With the youth as a newlywed ( Assistant Scoutmaster, Young Men's Advisor & President ) With the Men's organization ( Elder's Quorum President ) With the youth at a regional level ( Stake Young Men's Counselor & President ) With the congregational leadership at a local level ( Counselor in the Bishopric ) I served as a Missionary in Brazil, and loved the experience for what it taught me about myself and how I was able to teach & serve others.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Before I served as a Bishop I wondered about this, but even now while serving as a Bishop I think I understand it better...Here's my take... All people approach the donation of their time (service) with the expectation of "reward" of some kind...be it material or otherwise. Their efforts are directly proportional to the value they see in the reward. Not everyone serves in the Church because they want to do "the Lord's will"...sometimes people accept assignments knowing full-well that they will do nothing to complete them. Others because they feel that it's expected of them, and they want to appear socially acceptable. God wants us all to learn and grow, and service to others is the most effective means to accomplish that end. The most heartfelt service is rendered by those who recognize that they can take part in something greater than themselves and when that happens there can be no material price for the efforts and effects of that service. It becomes a reward unto itself, both here and in the hereafter. Show more Show less