The three Barker brothers would often engage in private e-mails and phone calls with each other and their friends about Mormonism. The three decided it would be more fun to create a blog where all their friends and family could get together and hammer out some of the idiosyncrasies of Mormonism. Here they hope to provide a safe, fair, and balanced space to discuss the complexities, difficulties, and beauty of their Mormon tradition.
After serving his mission in Salta, Argentina from 2005 to 2007, Jon came "home" to Utah. He is married and living in Ogden, Utah. He graduated in 2012 from Utah Valley University, earning a Bachelor's degree in Digital Media. He runs a couple online businesses on the side while working. He loves doing any outside type of activity including camping and snowboarding. He and his wife have one beaitiful little daughter.
All posts by Jon Barker
Michael is a Guatemalan-American Mormon living in the Northwest with his family. He is one of the proprietors of the Rational Faiths blog.
All posts by Michael Barker
Born and raised in Northern California, Paul received his education at Ricks College and BYU with a BA in Spanish, minor in PE Coaching. Paul served his LDS mission during the years 94-96 in Rosario, Argentina. He now runs a skate shop in Provo, UT. He's married and has 4 boys. He is currently inbetween callings ;).
All posts by Paul Barker
The Barker Brothers’ Projects
Rational Faiths is taking a step to help those who cannot help themselves. We have pledged to “Adopt a Stake” through the Liahona Children’s Foundation. Join with us!
"...we are asking our Church leaders to inquire of the Lord if the one year wait on the temple sealing can be changed..."
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King Jr.
We’re putting our stories and the stories of those who have chosen to share out there. We hope you come away with a better understanding of what those who are injured or sick during their missions go through.
These videos were created for Latter-day Saint parents and allies to voice their love for their LGBT brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. They want to give a message of comfort and support to other parents who are navigating the difficult conflicts that can arise in families around this issue.
- OxyMormons #5
- ASKING THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS
- Late Night Thoughts on the LDS Church’s Policy on Gay Parents &Their Children
- An Open Letter to the Office of the First Presidency
- Why are you Cozying up to Gay Mormons Now?
- History Repeats Itself, Especially When you Ignore It! – Considering the LDS Church’s Past Racial Restriction Policies in Light of Current LGBT Policies
- 83: Memory
- The Real Problem with “Doubt Your Doubts”
- Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. and Mormonism
- Joseph Smith’s Use of Seer-Stones in the Revealing of the Book of Mormon
- History and #42
- What Is Sin–A Perspective Influenced by the East.
- Transhumanist Parallels in Mormonism
- To those in a faith crisis and their loved ones
Quote of the Month
"Without man's love, God does not exist as God, only as creator, and love is the one thing no one, not even God Himself, can command. It is a free gift, or it is nothing...Satan, who is the denial of life...cannot be overcome by God who is his opposite, who is the kingdom of life, except by man's persistence in the love of God"(Archibald MacLeish, J.B., 139).