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Hi I'm Harvey

I have a PhD and am a college professor. I like to read, run, watch movies and spend time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was young kids used to call me "the brain." I'm sure it was because they thought I was a nerd. That didn't bother me ... much. I liked to learn, so much in fact that I made it my career. I have a doctorate in economics and teach at a university. I am married and have two children. I like to run. I completed a marathon a few years ago, but I don't think I will do that again. I bought a cello and have been teaching myself to play, although I don't practice as often as I should. I like to read, watch superhero movies, and spend time at home with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. My father joined the church shortly after graduating from high school. My mother was also raised in the church, having a pioneer heritage. Her great-great grandparents crossed the plains when the Mormon pioneers settled in Utah. As a youth, I participated in all church activities, including scouting. I gained a testimony of the church while growing up, seeing the way my parents lived the gospel. Their example laid the foundation for my testimony. There was no defining moment for me when I realized I had a testimony of the gospel. The Holy Spirit bore witness to me of the truthfulness of the gospel little-by-little throughout my life. This was important because when I was 19 years old, I served a mission for the church in Austria, sharing the gospel to the great people of that country. Today I say in all sincerity that I know there is a God in Heaven, who loves me, and I love Him. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, lives and that He is my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer. In fact, the reality and divinity of Christ and His divine grace are at the core of my faith. I also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored Christ's church in 1830. I know that there is a living prophet of God on the earth right now. I know that the Book of Mormon is a marvelous and true book of scripture, as is the Bible. Finally, I am a Mormon because I know that I can one day live with my Father in Heaven if I have faith in Christ, keep His commandments, and live the precepts of the gospel as taught and found in His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my life as Christ would have me do it--as a Christian. I try to be kind to others and to be helpful. I study the scriptures and pray to my Father in Heaven every day. I don't smoke or drink alcohol or take the name of God in vain. I tell my wife and children I love them, and I show that love by how I treat them, with the honor and respect they deserve. I think most of my colleagues and neighbors know that I am Mormon, because of how I live my life and because I take opportunities to tell them.