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Hi I'm Christopher Barbour

I'm a mormon

About Me

I am serving a mission in Carlsbad, California. I love to play guitar and sing. I haven't always been as strong in the faith as I am now. I struggled a lot when I was younger and it caused me to get depressed. I was still an active church member, but I wasn't there mentally. I had always heard that Jesus Christ understood every pain and trial we go through, and that He would never leave us. But I struggled to actually believe the truth of that. It wasn't until a few years later that I began to see His hand in everything. He really had been there to help me. He sent friends that really changed my life around. They helped me recognize all the small blessings I had missed. I have a loving family, good friends, and an amazing faith. I grew more and more in my testimony and it was then that I decided to serve a mission. So now here I am on the opposite side of the country from where I live. Times don't ever get easy, but they do get easier. Our Heavenly Father gave us our trials and tribulations so that we could grow stronger. He is never going to give us more than we can handle. There have been many times I have been able to get through struggles just by turning to our Father in heaven and letting him help. You have to be humble and let Him help before He can help though. This is not always easy, but it is essential. "Sometimes the Lord has to bring us low, before He can lift us higher." I testify that this is true in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That is a good question. To which I say, "Why wouldn't I be Mormon?" I get to be with my family for eternity, I get to see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again, and I get to help others by providing service voluntarily. What's not to like? I grew up in a home where my parents practice two religions. There is my mother who is Mormon, and my father who is baptist. So, I got to do a little exploration to make my choice. My father would go to many different churches just to see which one he liked the most. So during this little search, when I saw him on weekends as my parents divorced when I was 9 years of age, I would sometimes get to go with him and see the different churches for myself. After all, can't judge a book by it's cover, right? So I did some research and studied up on the other religions for myself. After I gave some earnest thought and consideration to other churches, I just felt like the Mormon church was more like home to me. The spirit could be felt more abundantly, I felt like I was a part of a big family, and I was taught many standards that would help me get through life. So, that is why I decided to be a Mormon. I was baptized at 8 years old, and have been a Mormon since. Even in my dark times, I could not deny the truthfulness of this church. After all my searching, I know that this is the one true church on Earth and that there is NO better place for me, than here in my church family. We are all spirit sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, and that is something you can really, truly have a testimony of in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. So my challenge to any who see this is to ask yourself, "Have I earnestly searched for the truth?" and "Do I have an immovable testimony?" If not, I encourage you to try things out and see for yourself. I testify you will find the answer not that you WANT, but that you NEED, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Always striving to be better isn't always easy, but it is worth it. I live my faith by trying to be more and more like Christ each and every day. This means I DO MY BEST to be like Him and to obey all the commandments. This does not mean I am perfect. No one is. But that is why Christ performed the Atonement where he suffered, bled, and died for all of our sins. He performed the ultimate sacrifice for all of us because he loves us all. And because he rose on the third day, we will ALL live again. Just as he did. He gave us all the tools we need in order to return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father once again. As it says in 1 Nephi 3:7, "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." So he gives us nothing we can't handle. Each person has their own struggles, short comings, challenges, and understandings. He knows this and is aware of those things. That is why everything He challenges you with is "custom designed" for yourself. He never leaves us without help however. So as we do the simple things such as Church, Pray, and Read (CPR), it revitalizes us spiritually just as CPR on someone drowning can revive them physically. So I do these things so that I can stay spiritually strong in the faith, increase my knowledge of the Savior, and eventually, be like Him. I look for the day when I can look into my Father's eyes and say, "I may have come short, but I did my best." Brothers and Sisters, I promise you that as we keep the faith and do our best, We will see our Father and Brother, Jesus Christ, once again. I testify of this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

What is faith?

Christopher Barbour
Faith is the "hope for things which are seen, which are true" as it says in the Book of Mormon in Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1. It is believing in something you don't have a perfect knowledge of, yet you know it to be true. My favorite example is the faith that you actually have a brain. You have never physically seen or touched it, yet you believe that it is there. You believe it's presence to be true, even though you have never seen it yourself. It is the same way for the belief in Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. We believe that they are truly there, yet we have never physically seen them. So In conclusion, faith is just the hope in something you can't see, which is true. Show more Show less