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.
Michael was born and raised in Northern California. He received his education from Ricks College, Portland State University, and Oregon Health and Sciences University. He presently lives in Southern Oregon with his wife and two daughters working as a Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery. He served his LDS Mission in Dallas Texas, Spanish Speaking. He is presently the Young Mens President in his ward.
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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 his own businesses from home in Utah County. He’s married and has 4 boys. He is currently the cub master in his ward.
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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 of Science in Digital Media. He runs two online businesses on the side while working. He loves doing any outside type of activity including camping and snowboarding.
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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.
Quote of the Month
"...I believe we have misinterpreted the words of the Savior, "Ask and ye shall receive," in a manner that transforms God into nothing more than a genie that sometimes emerges from a lamp to grant our wishes and sometimes doesn't. We focus on what prayer can do for us. On the other hand, we ignore the reconciliatory, transformative, and redemptive aspect of earnest prayers - what prayer can do to us...It's about having the kind of heart God wants me to have, which is love. God wants me to be like Him. Therefore I have to become love...In our culturally narcissistic way, we think that the universe somehow revolves around us and that God is going to give us guidance like a Garmin or a GPS. I don't think that is how it works. I think God is passionate about one thing and that is teaching us how to love and creating people that love...We have these narcissistic ideas when it is quite simple, God wants you to love" (Dan McDonald A Thoughtful Faith podcast, episode 41, 18:09).