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Hi I'm Harold

I grew up in Idaho and Utah. I'm a software engineer. I'm married and have 3 adult children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I came from a dairy farm in southern Idaho. Though I loved the farm, I did not always love farm work. It was enough to make me decide to go to college and learn how to do something else. So I got a degree in Electrical Engineering and have had a career in computer software. My hobbies are reading and music. I love being in our congregation's choir. I also love the outdoors - hiking, backpacking, camping, and fishing, though I confess that I have not done those things often enough in the last few years. I enjoy cooking, both in camp and at home, but I don't much like to clean up after I've made the mess. I've been happily married since 1979. We have three children. Two of them have served missions - one in Japan, the other in New Hampshire and Maine. All of them are in the process of earning college degrees. Two are married. We love their spouses as we love our natural children, so we claim to have 5 children.

Why I am a Mormon

In my childhood and youth, I was a Mormon because my parents were Mormons. That gradually changed as I had my own spiritual experiences that allowed me to develop my own faith. Now I am a Mormon because I know that God loves me, knows me personally, and responds to my prayers. When I have asked Him about the truth of the Book of Mormon, or the reality of modern-day prophets, or what I should do in my life, he has answered. Jesus Christ is the center of my reason for being a Mormon. His atonement makes possible all joyous things, and makes possible the endurance of things that are difficult. It makes possible our return to our heavenly home. I know this because my Heavenly Father has confirmed it to me through the feelings of my heart. This gives me faith that if follow the Lord while here on earth, I can be with my family in God's presence forever after.

How I live my faith

I serve regularly in the temple. I provide help and advice for those who are doing (or learning how to do) family history research. I support my wife in her church duties. I read the scriptures and pray daily, both on my own and with my family. I'm a home teacher, that is, I support two or three families in my congregation by visiting often in their homes and doing any service for them that I can. I participate in indexing of genealogical information.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith or any other prophet, but we do respect and follow them as the chosen servants of the God whom we do worship. My thoughts on what Joseph Smith means to me are as follows: Joseph Smith was the first person in our day and age that approached God in such a way as to get a direct and face to face answer, as did the ancient prophets. The Book of Mormon, priesthood authority, true temple worship, and every other aspect of the gospel and church of Jesus Christ has been restored to bless our lives, all through this remarkable young man. His faithfulness is an example to us, as is his courage in the face of persecution, his willingness to work hard and steadily in translation of the Book of Mormon, his love for family, his dedication to Christ, and many other traits. Personally, I am extremely grateful for all of the blessings of the gospel in my life and in the lives of my family. I thank Heavenly Father for the sealing power that binds me to them permanently. I'm grateful to hold the priesthood, and to give priesthood blessings to family members. I'm grateful for opportunities to partake in the saving ordinances of the gospel, to know about our Father's plan of salvation, and to serve in the church. I'm thankful for a living prophet, apostles, and inspired bishops and other local leaders. All of this is available because Joseph Smith knew and followed and obeyed our God, and so it follows that my gratitude for Joseph is immense. Show more Show less