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Hi I'm Don Harkey

I am a husband, father, & grandfather. I am an avid sports fan & a passionate golfer who wants to play 1000 golf courses.

About Me

I worked over 20 years for Intel (Finace, Purchasing, and Megers & Acquisitions). I now run my own business. I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world (really) and we have 6 children & 7 grand children. We have been married 10 years. We are both, divorced and were single parents for a significant time. We find great satisfaction & joy in our relationship and with our family. We love spending time with our grandchildren (1 to 9 years old) and seeing them grow & change. I love to play golf, and watch sports (football, baseball, basketball). I collect sports & golf memorabilia. We love to travel (beaches & golf courses) and go to Disneyland & ball games. We are both decendents of Mormon pioneer families (Arizona & Mexico) but have found our own conversion through study & prayer. I served a mission for the church in Tennessee and graduated from ASU. Our lives are great, and we are grateful for our family & friends and the wonderful opportunites we have been given to work, see the world, learn & serve. Our greatest joy comes from seeing our children have flourishing marriages, healthy families, & rewarding careers

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provide the foundation for understanding the purpose of life. They clearly define the role of Jesus Christ and his Atonement, the importance of faith, and provide a living Prophet to guide us. I became a Mormon because my family has Mormonism in its roots. I AM a Mormon because I have come to know of the divinity of Jesus Christ, the truth of the Book of Mormon, & the reality of a living prophet. The gospel has helped me through challenges in my life. It provides a framework to understand that faith is not developed through the absence of difficulties & trials, but by the process of experiencing & overcoming challenges. I have come to understand that everything in life is not in my control, nor does it operate on my timetable; and that's OK. The gospel teaches me that I have to learn to balance my life with work, fun, family, faith, & service. As i get older I think I am learning to spend more time on activites of eternal value and less energy on those things with only temporal worth.

How I live my faith

My faith helps remind me that life is not just about me. Finding ways to serve & assist others is the essence of a Christ-like life. Learning to walk by faith allows us the peace to deal with adversity & challenge. In my life, focusing on “how I can make a difference” and “how I can be grateful” have replaced looking for the answers to why things happen when and how they do. My most rewarding church opportunity was to serve in the leadership of a "singles" congregation for adults 31 to 45 years old in Phoenix, Arizona. Having been a single-adult and a single parent for a significant number of years, I was able to relate in a real way to the experiences of those men & women, and was able to offer perspective & experience based opinions. I have had no greater joy than to see many of those men & women find a companion & start families of their own. Some of the hardest times of my life gave me credibility with this group of people & enabled me to be an impactful voice to others. I currently serve on a council that helps provide leadership and communication for a group of 8 congregations (wards) in Tempe/Phoenix. I specifically work with a group of people that spend a considerable amount of time & effort helping members of the church that are un-employed find meaningful work. I also direct sports programs for youth & adults. One unique opportunity I have is to direct an annual blood drive with the American Red Cross where our congregations collect nearly 200 units of blood (one of the largest blood drives in the state of Arizona). This has become an annual event & reminds us all that we can make a difference in the lives of others. My wife & I both love to work with young people. They keep us young & grounded. Hopefully we offer perspective & help them see what is most important in life & how to meet the challenges they face daily. I have great love for them and confidence in their ability to be the leaders of the coming generation.