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Hi I'm Barry Draughon

I'm 4th generation North Carolina Mormon. Born & raised in Durham NC. My great grandparents were baptized in the late 1800's in NC

About Me

I am a father of three daughters and one granddaughter, who I love with all my Heart. My work is Real Estate. I enjoy the opportunity to work with individuals and families to help them find their homes. When I am not working I mostly like to spend time with family, and participating in Church, but I also enjoy sports. Golf is one of my passions that was a career before getting into Real Estate. I coached for a few years collegiately. I also enjoy running half marathons, and 12 person team races. As I age, I am quickly realizing that I will not be able to continue running for much longer.

Why I am a Mormon

I learned for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the true and living Church on the earth today through the many spiritual experiences I have received throughout my life, but the one I can specifically point to came while serving as a full time missionary for the Church. I was teaching a young man in his early 20's with my companion when we asked him if he would like to pray and ask his Father in Heaven if the things we were teaching him were true. Also, the things he was reading about the Church and the Book of Mormon were true. He agreed, but wanted to do it with us. So we all knelt down together and and began taking turns praying. When he sincerely asked during his prayer if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true, the outpouring of the spirit was tremendous. I had never felt the presence of the spirit that strong before, and literally could not feel my knees touching the ground. Of course, I had not left the ground, but the influence of the spirit was so strong that it truly felt so. I have never doubted for one second, since that experience that this Church is true. That young man was not able to deny it either, and was baptized a couple of weeks later. I which I had the time and the space to recount all of the amazing experiences the Lord has allowed me to experience though out my life, but just know that they are real and anyone can have them as they search out there Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I love serving in the Church. My life has purpose and full of faith while following the direction of a loving Heavenly Father and great Church leaders. Services brings joy and a happiness that is not found in any other pursuit in life. I currently am serving as a counselor to a Bishop serving the young single adults in our area. They are great young people who are great examples to those they come in contact with and I love the opportunity I have been afforded to serve them as they grow and develop in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My faith also teaches me how to be a loving father and husband, and realize the great potential I have to be with them for eternity if I but live my life as my Heavenly father would have me. Home can be a heaven on earth if we choose to make it so.