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Hi I'm Trooly Harker

About Me

I grew up in a small town in southwestern Wyoming. I've lived in San Antonio, all around Chicago, near Seattle, in and near Phoenix as well as several cities in Utah. I'm a mother of three sons who keep me very busy, and I have a terrific husband who works hard to provide for us. Outside of caring for the family, I spend my time volunteering, exercising, playing with my friends, and serving in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though my family has been Mormon for many generations, I didn't grow up in a home where the religion was practiced. I have enjoyed attending worship services of many faiths and feel great respect for all churches that encourage their followers to be better people. One of the things I love about Momonism is that we believe in ALL truth and that we can find out the truth for ourselves. I am a Mormon because I have read and studied and prayed to know if the doctrines of the church are true. Too many times to count, I have felt the truthfulness of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I want to belong to a church that understands the true nature of God and my relationship to Him. I believe that God is the father of my spirit; I am His daughter. He loves me and cares about anything that is important to me. He wants me to return home to Him when my time on Earth is over, and He has not left me alone to wander here. When I pray to Him, He hears my prayers and answers me. I am not the type of person to take what I hear at face value, so I have studied and prayed about a LOT of things. At a relatively young age, I decided that I could not belong to a church that was founded on lies and deception, and I needed to know if the claims that Joseph Smith made were true. When I prayed to know if Joseph Smith really saw what he said he saw, the doubt that troubled me was replaced by a sweet peace which left me certain that like, Noah, Abraham, Moses and others, Joseph Smith was also a prophet of God. As I have felt a need to know for myself if various principles and doctrines are true, I have studied, prayed, and even fasted to know the truth. I do know for myself that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and Redeemer. He has established a pattern for revealing His will to us and, just like in ancient times, He has continued that pattern today in organizing His church with prophets, apostles and others to assist us in coming unto Him.

How I live my faith

There is no part of my life that my faith does not touch. In addition to participating in various assignments at church, our family reads from the scriptures and prays together every day. My husband and I read a few verses and pray together after we put the kids to bed, and I take time each morning after getting the family out the door to do some personal scripture study and prayer. We have a weekly Family Home Evening where we sing, pray, read scriptures and share a message on topics we feel our family needs to hear and/or live more fully. We are the typical flawed family with kids fighting, parents yelling, and everyone sometimes doing things that require an "I'm sorry." I see religion in my life as a tool to help get me through the everyday challenges. I have seen how much happier family life is when we ask God to help us treat each other the way His Son asked us to when He said "Love one another."

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Trooly Harker
I'll focus on just one of the MANY ways the Mormon Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, helps those around the world. Members of the church are encouraged to fast (not eat or drink anything for two meals) one day a month and donate the cost of the meals to the church; this is called a fast offering. We are encouraged to be generous in our fast offerings; these funds are used to assist the poor and needy within the boundaries of our congregation (ward) regardless of religious affiliation. If fast offering funds exceed the needs of the ward, they are sent to other areas in need. Because of the legions of volunteers in the church, 100% of donations are used in helping others. If this one principle were lived by the entire world, hunger and poverty would be obliterated. Just imagine what suffering could be alleviated if 6 billion people donated an average of only $1 each month! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Trooly Harker
Grace is the enabling power of Jesus Christ. It is what makes it possible for us to become better than we are and do more good than if left to our own power. For grace to be fully in effect in our lives, our best efforts are required. Without the grace of Jesus Christ, there is no forgiveness of sins, no healing of emotional, mental, or physical ailments, no overcoming bad habits. Without this power, we can not move forward. As we come to Him in faith and humility, willing to give away all our pride and sins, by His grace, He changes us into what He wants us to be. This is usually a process that continues throughout our lives. While we can immediately turn away from the old life, it takes a lifetime of persistent effort to become fully His. Show more Show less