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Hi I'm Harrison

I'm a big brother from North Carolina. I love metal music, football, and videogames. Hablo español. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Just like what every other profile says, I'm average but not average. Go figure. I am a 21-year-old male close to finishing a mission for the church. I was born and raised in the heart of North Carolina, and I'm the oldest of 6 kids (including 2 adopted sisters from China). My dad joined the church 22 years ago, and my parents and I were sealed for time and all eternity a month following my birth. My family means everything to me, and I love them indefinitely. I graduated from high school in 2009 and attended NC State for 2 semesters studying chemical engineering and Spanish before beginning my mission. My biggest passion is easily metal music; it requires more talent than most other popular genres, relieves me of stress, and it's AWESOME. It's a very misunderstood genre of music. A few examples include Metallica, Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Shadows Fall, and Dream Theater. I also love playing and watching American football (and other sports), playing Nintendo and Xbox once in a while, meeting new people, and killing time with friends, but those are all on hold until after the mission. The church has helped raised me to be the person I am now, and living by the standards sets me free. I was truly blessed to be born into the church, and because of the testimony I've acquired I have the privilege of preaching the gospel in Spanish to those in the California Carlsbad mission.

Why I am a Mormon

This is what I seek in a church: A church that has the authority of God; A church that can bind families together despite the barriers of death; A church that loves and respects all of humanity; A church that demonstrates that the heavens are still open; A church that understands the depth of Jesus Christ's ministry and atonement; A church that shelters me from the bombardment of the world and the adversary; A church organized by a voluntary ministry; A church that the devil tries very hard to bring down because it opposes a threat to his plan of misery; And a church that makes sense to me logically and spiritually. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints possesses all of those traits, and I would be foolish to not be a member of such a body of Christ.

How I live my faith

I grew up in the church in an imperfect home full of perfect love. I am permanently in debt to the sacrifices that my parents made for me, and I strive to mimic their examples. I live willingly by standards that help me to be a more Christ-like individual. I'm currently serving a mission, which is the best decision I've made in my life thus far. It has changed me more than I had ever imagined. There is nothing more important I could be doing than being a missionary. It blesses myself, my family, and others that come unto Christ and the generations that follow. Most importantly, I follow the footsteps of my Savior and am his faithful disciple.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Harrison
We abstain from these substances through obedience to a modern revelation known as the Word of Wisdom. Alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea are specific substances that we've been commanded to avoid because they are harmful to our bodies and are addictive. This limits our agency, which is one of the greatest gifts that God has given to us. But more importantly I avoid it because I know it's a commandment from God and he know what's best for me.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Harrison
Do we worship Adam, Abraham, or Moses? Of course not. They were men called and ordained of God to be prophets and lead the way for the coming of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet in the modern days to lead the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Because the world had strayed so far from the original teachings of Jesus Christ there was a need for a restoration, and it all started with the fore-ordination of that man, through whom Jesus Christ re-established his church. If Joseph Smith hadn't been that man called of God, someone else would've filled that position. Someone had to handle the role of "Prophet of the Restoration", enjoying the incredible blessings and suffering the pains and trials of criticism that continue on today. I've personally struggled with accepting him as a prophet, but through the Book of Mormon and sincere prayer to my Father in Heaven I now know he was a prophet. Show more Show less