Hi I'm Don Harris
I am a 70+ year old grandfather who is still trying to enjoy life and activity in the Church. I served a mission in Texas from 1962-64 and a couple of other local missions. I have seven children and 13 grand children. I enjoy family history work. I used to enjoy working in the yard and garden, but my body doesn't allow me to do much of that any longer. I have a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. I taught in the public school for over 35 years and was the principal of summer school for several of those years.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the Church and have tried to stay active all of my life.But I must say that as I went on my mission, I always felt like it would have been neat to have been a convert. You know, one time a speaker asked how many in the congregation were converts, and not many raised their hands. He pointed out that we should all be converts to the Gospel and that is so true. I think that those born in the Church sometimes take things for granted and don't have to study, pray, and have faith like converts do before they join the Church.They have to do that later on in order to get their personal testimony.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Besides our individual, private prayers, my wife and I try to have a morning and evening prayer together. We express out gratitude for our many blessings and seek Heavenly Father's help. We also invite the Holy Ghost to be with us. We just feel such a warm, calm, peaceful feeling in our home when we pray and read the scriptures. We also say a blessing on the food before we eat.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
When my wife and I took a Church history tour back to New York and Vermont in 2008, we had the opportunity to go to the Sacred Grove where Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. After sensing the feeling in that grove, there is no way that we would ever deny that the vision did occur there. Also, we were privileged to go to Hill Cumorah, where the golden plates were delivered to Joseph Smith.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
When my wife and I say our family and individual prayers regularly, read our scriptures daily, attend our meetings, and try to speak kinder words, it really makes a world of difference. We can feel a quietness, warmth, and spirit of love and calmness in our home.
How I live my faith
Counting our current marriage, my wife and I have each been married three times. She jokes and tells me that I have to last at least 20 years because that is how long she was married to each of her previous husbands before they died. We each have been sealed to a previous partner and know that we are only together until we die. That is kind of tough to face, but we know that the Lord has a plan for families to be together forever and if we are faithful we belong to the ones we were sealed to in the Temple.But we try to put the past "on the back burner" while we are together and enjoy each other's companionship as much as possible.