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Hi I'm Bart

I'm a husband, father, grandpa and retired locomotive engineer. I'm getting better acquainted with my ancestors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I find it relaxing to sit at the computer and research my family history. We incorporate visiting cemeteries on any road trips we take. I love being home full-time with my sweetie since retiring. I enjoy spending time with our grandkids and their parents!! I enjoy golfing with friends. I am a fix-it-myself-if-possible handyman. I love YouTube how-to videos. I enjoy woodworking and building change tables for the new grandkids. I love spending time in our yard, recreating the landscaping and adding living space outside. I love the aroma of a freshly mowed lawn. Now that I am retired I can relate to the sentiment I've heard many times... "How did I ever have time to work?"

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. I love the life style of belonging to a group of such wonderful and caring people who put others first. I have a testimony of my Savior. I have never had a doubt about the Book of Mormon being the word of God. When I finally read the Book of Mormon for the first time, I prayed about what I had read. I received a peaceful feeling about its truthfulness. Along with that knowledge came a testimony of Joseph Smith being a true prophet of God, and a firm testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is being watched over in these days by true prophets and apostles of God. We are all given agency in this life to make our own decisions about everything we say and do. In my life, I choose to use my agency to follow a true prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson, and all others who lead and guide this Church on earth. I know that I am blessed in so many ways by paying a full tithing. I know I am blessed physically by living the Word of Wisdom. I know that we are given the opportunity to bless others, especially our families, it we will adhere to the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and love one another.

How I live my faith

I really love being able to go to church every Sunday. The last 37 years of my railroad career I was a locomotive engineer. I was away from home a lot. Sometimes I would be out of town on Sunday for months at a time, there was never a set schedule of when I would work. Since retiring last year I feel a completeness that was missing. When asked to do something, I know I will be home. I now realize how much being able to worship every Sunday helps me be closer to my Savior and Father in Heaven. I love to teach a class one Sunday a month. I am learning so much. We volunteer one day a week at the local Family History Library. It gives me an opportunity to serve..... and interact with people with my same likes.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Bart
We are asked to pay tithing as in ancient times. It is the easiest commandment I do. The first item on payday is tithing.... it's done.... then we have 90% to budget out. We are told that as we pay a full tithing, blessings will come. That is not why we do it. We do it to be obedient. If blessings follow, that is wonderful, but we leave that up to Him. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Bart
My wife and I just received our mission call to serve a Family History Records Preservation mission. We are going to travel about half way around the world and spend eighteen months away from our six children, their spouses and 7 grandchildren..... and we are going to pay our own expenses. We must be pretty secure in our testimonies to do this. We are under no obligation or commandment to go on this mission..... other than the obligation of gratitude we feel for our Heavenly Father and the blessings he has poured out on us. The country we are going to is so impressed with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that they have opened up their archives to the Church to preserve their records forever. The copies made are then displayed online for family research all over the world. Amazing work!!! Show more Show less