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
"And that's why I worry a little bit about the energy we spend in these wrangling about the exclusivism, the one true church, etc. Because I'm not entirely sure that it will get us anywhere. I think it's best for me to believe that my wife is the best person in the world. And I'm fortunate because it's actually true. But even if it weren't....I think in a kind of deepness of commitment and affection and allowance for the light of God to shine from her, it makes the most sense over all, even at a pragmatic level, to see her as the one true wife. What I worry about is that the wranglings over the general will divorce people from the experience of the beauty of the specificity" (Sam Brown, Mormon Matters podcast, episode 261, 45:46).