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Hi I'm Dick Harrell

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up going to a Presbyterian church with my parents in Hampton, Virgina. While I understood and believed in the concept of God and Jesus Christ, I did not understand the nature of God or His plan for mankind in general, and me in particular. I saw no relevance in religion's teachings and practices to my daily life. When I graduated from high school and moved away from my parent's home, I did not attend church and was comfortable with that way of life. Not until I was married and my wife was intersted in attending church, did I begin to think about what religion and going to church might mean to me. We were introduced to the Mormon missionaries when 21 years old, while serving in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Germany. It was the turning point of our lives. When once we did not want children, we now have five children and five grandchildren with more on the way. We have been members of the church for 30+ years. I look back on those years after joining the church with gratitude that I was able to have the missionaries teach me, the members of the church embrace me, and to learn of Heavenly Father's plan and love for all His children.

Why I am a Mormon

From the first missionary discussion 30+ years ago, I received answers to questions that nobody else could answer. The classic questions of, Where did I come from? Why was I here? And where was I going? The missionaries understood and were able to teach the true nature of God and his son Jesus Christ. They taught me that Heavenly Father was the father of our spirits. That we came to earth to receive a physical body and be tested. That all mankind are literally brothers and sisters. I learned the divine importance of marriage and family and that families can be sealed together for time and eternity in holy temples. That it is our duty to have children to allow other spirit children of our Father receive the blessings of mortality. I learned that Jesus Christ volunteered in the pre-mortal existence to be our savior and redeemer by laying down His life as the atoning sacrifice to ransom us from the sins we commit in this life. I came to understand that we each have God's gift of individual agency to allow us to chose how we will live our lives and bear the consequences of our choices. I learned about the priesthood of God and the need for prophets and apostles in the past and the present. I was taught about the restoration of God's true church upon the earth. I read the Book of Mormon and followed the admonition in its concluding bookl, Moroni 10:4, to pray to know the truth. I prayed and received that promised confirming witness from the Holy Spirit that the Book of Momon was the word of God, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who was an instrument in restoring God's church upon the earth in these latter days, and that we have a living prophet at the head of the church today. Since becoming a member, my understanding of the Gospel has increased and my testimony has strengthened. I love the Gospel of Jesus Chirst. I am grateful to Him and for His sacrifice on my behalf.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the best man, husband, and father I can in accordance with the teachings of the church. I attend my church meetings and try to faithfully perform the service necessary in my callings in the church. I strive to be obedient to the commandments of God and the counsel of our modern day prophet, apostles, and local church leaders. I want to be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost and of the priesthood delegated unto me to perform service and ordinances in the church in the name of Jesus Chirst. I try to be a good example and voice of the teachings of our Savior to my neighbors, coworkers, and all I come in contact with. I hope to never do anything that will discredit to the church or its teachings or that might cause someone not hear or accept the gospel of Jesus Christ.