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Hi I'm Mitch Barker

I am a Lawyer, an actor and a lifetime member of the Church. I was baptized at age 8.

About Me

I am a 55 year old man, father of 6 grown children, and grandfather to 8 grandchildren (and counting). I am proud to say I have been married to my wife fir 33 years. I have a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, and a juris doctor in law. That takes an additional 3 years after a bachelor's degree. I practiced law for over 20 years, but am current limited by a disability. My hobby is acting in local community theaters, as well as aboard site seeing trains. I also play the part of Santa Claus at Christmas time and various locations, and especially onboard the trains.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a lifetime member of the LDS Church, and grew up believing. I remember feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit from a very you age. Even when someone is born in the Church, he or she must come to their own conclusion about whether to follow the faith. This is based on what we often call a testimony. It often means we have asked God in prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, whether the Church is his true church. I have done so and received a feeling of peace which I believe was from God. I held leadership positions as a youth, and at age 19 I put in my papers volunteering to be called on a Mission. Missionaries are preachers of the gospel and doers of service all over the world. I was called to serve my mission in Southern Florida among the Miami area Cuban people (a wonderful group) and in Puerto Rico (another wonderful group). I served two years, and worked preaching the gospel with a series of 7 companions. I found it wonderful the way the Gospel can change lives, like it did for many of those I taught. Shortly after the end of my mission I met and married my wonderful wife, and we soon started to have children. I love being a father, a grandfather, and a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My most important means of trying to live my faith is to work to be a good example to my family. In my LDS ward (congregation) I am currently a gospel doctrine teacher (instructor for the adults in our congregation). Like all local callings and positions, this is voluntary, unpaid work. It is hard to teach a group that includes many who know more than I do about Christ's gospel, but I love it. I learn so much as I study the Bible and other scriptures. This year we are studying church history, including Christ's role in founding and restoring the Church, and are also studying a book of scripture call the Doctrine and Covenants. In the new year we will start studying the Old Testament. That strikes me as difficult but delightful. I also am an assistant den leader for our young Cub Scouts, who are at the rank of "wolf." I am assigned 5 families in the ward to whom I try to take a message and also to whom I render service as requested. Finally, I am a High Priest, which sounds more formal and auspicious than it need be. It has to do with what ordinances and activities I can carry out, and is in part controlled by my age. . I have lived in Idaho for about 22 years, and before that in Utah, where I was born and raised and did my undergraduate learning there. My graduate school was University of Idaho College of Law.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Mitch Barker
The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is the third member of the Godhead. It is most often through the Holy Ghost that we receive answers to prayers, inspiration and ideas from our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less