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Hi I'm Glenn Harmsen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the San Luis Valley in a small town called Manassa. My family is very close and loving. I have two older brothers, and four sisters: two older than me and two that are younger. After high school, I went on a mission to Spain for two years, and then came home and started college. I then was a truck driver for about 10 years. I absolutely loved that job, but needed to find something that kept me closer to home. Now I teach high school Spanish. I am married and have four children, three girls and a little boy. We enjoy camping, fishing, shooting, riding horses, and traveling around watching our girls play sports. We just love being together as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church all of my life. My parents were very good people, and taught us kids about Jesus Christ and what it meant to be a follower of Him. They taught both by their words and their deeds. When I was fouteen years old, however, my family met with a trajedy that altered the course of our lives. My dad was killed by a drunk driver, and I had to find out for myself if all the things my parents had taught me were true; if the Atonement of Jesus Christ really could heal all wounds and comfort the soul. The sweet Spirit that comforted me and assured me that I would see my father again after this life, thanks to the Atonement, really taught me that all the things I had been taught were true, and I could put my faith in the Lord's promises. On my mission, my testimony was strengthened by watching other people exercise their faith and embrace the teachings of the Church, and become happier and more knowledgeable about Jesus Christ. As I become more knowledgable about the stories of my ancestors and the various conditions in which they became aware of the Church and became members, I am always amazed at the faith they exhibited, the sacrifices they endured, and the blessings they received by embracing the Church. I am so very grateful for their faithfulness and efforts on my behalf, even though they didn't know me.

How I live my faith

Earlier this year, I was released as the lay leader (pastor) of my congregation. I had served in that calling for five years, and it was one of the greatest blessings of my life. I helped others to overcome their sins and receive forgiveness throught the Atonement of Christ. I strove to help husbands and wives understand one another and to try to build the kinds of familial relationships that they would want to endure beyond this life. I absolutely loved watching youth build a relationship with the Savior, and become aware of the lessons available to them in the scriptures. I watched small children come to know about the Gospel, thanks to loving parents and dedicated, patient ladies who taught them every Sunday. As much as I loved all of these activities, it was a great relief to turn the responsibility for them over to someone else. Now, I teach an adult Sunday School class every Sunday. I feel that the most important place to live one's faith is within the walls of the home. I try to do this by teaching my children, by word and deed, what it means to be a follower of Christ, and to "hear" His "sayings, and do them", so we can be wise and "build our house upon a rock." (Mat. 7:24-25; Helaman 5:12) We do this by reading the scriptures together, praying together, and dedicating at least one night per week to family togetherness. I also try to follow the example of Helaman 3:35: "Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls withj oy and consolation, yea even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God." I still have a long way to go. I'm not near the person I would like to be, but I know that with the help of the Lord, and by exercising faith in Him, He will show me the things I need to do to become a better husband and father.