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Hi I'm Hardy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small farming community in a family of six. My father had Type I diabetes and struggled to provide for his family. All the children worked on the farm or for someone else as soon as we were big enough. I delivered papers on my bike while I was still in elementary school. While a sophomore in high school I arose at 5:00 a.m. and milked twenty cows before school and then repeated it after school. After the death of my father we moved to the big city where work was more available for my uneducated mother. It was intimidating for a 14 year old to go from a student body of 175 to one of 2,500 students. After high school I worked for the IRS, served six months active duty in the Army National Guard and then spent 2 ½ years on an LDS Church mission in Germany. Upon my return I enrolled in college, graduated with a BS in business management then went to work for the U.S. Government. After 31 years I retired as the Regional Foreign Labor Certifying Officer. I then formed a company to assist employers with applying for foreign labor. Eight years later the company became a law firm and I again retired. I now spend my time with hobbies including building a yurt from scratch and beekeeping, using top bar hives. Life is wonderful! With an angel for a wife, five extraordinary children, thirty-two grandchildren, one great grandchild and a foundation of the Gospel of Jesus as restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, I can’t imagine how things could be much better!!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family whose heritage includes ancestors who joined the LDS church one year after it was organized in 1830. One of the most oft sung original LDS hymns (High on the Mountain Top) was written by my great-great-grandfather. It was natural for me to be deeply involved and active in the church from childhood. However, I could not personally testify to the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ but I had no reason not to believe it. That changed while I was serving a mission in Germany. I decided it would be disingenuous for me to be teaching the German people something I did not know for certain to be true. I then did something which all people must ultimately do (even those who grew up as Mormons) if they want to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and served under the direction of Jesus Christ. After sincere fasting I did as James directs (James 1:5) and asked God if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if he had restored his true church according to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Church. The answer came through a most beautiful and unforgettable experience as the Holy Spirit testified to my spirit that it is true. I cannot, nor do I want to deny that experience!

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation of my life! Everything I do is influenced by my knowledge of it. My actions, my attitudes, my language, my decisions are all ultimately a product of the question, “Is this in harmony with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?” I find great joy in serving others. I have spent my life in service to others through my callings in the LDS church including teaching a religion class to women offenders at the Colorado State Prison. I am most grateful for my understanding of the atonement of Jesus Christ. When I treat others unkindly or make bad choices I find great comfort in knowing that I can be forgiven if I sincerely repent.