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Hi I'm Roy Harline

I work in the theatre as a technical director, stage manager, salesman, and designer. I'm a boot wearing Texan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California and studied Theater at the local State University I served a mission in Peru, where I met my future wife. After serving my mission My wife came to study at BYU, and I looked her up, dated her and convinced her to marry me. We have 5 children, and two grandchildren. We were both in school while we were having and raising children, first in San Jose and later in Provo at BYU. After earning an MFA in theatre design and technology at BYU we moved to Denton, Texas where I worked at Texas Women's University for 8 years. I was eventually offered a job in San Antonio to work with Texas Scenic Company - a manufacturer of theatrical equipment, curtains, rigging and lighting. After a few years as a project manager, I currently provide design services and sales for south and west Texas as well as New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and a few other places. I occasionally find time to work backstage for theatrical productions, but my current hobby is growing Pecans. We bought a small orchard, and I get to spend some spare time driving a tractor, and trying to get the trees to produce nuts, and keep squirrels from eating them. It has been fun to take my children and teach them the value of working, and the see literally the fruits of their labor.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was very active in the church, and it was expected that we would go to church every Sunday. I learned the songs the children sing in primary and sunday school, and I participated in scouts. About the time I was 14 I determined that I needed to be more serious about knowing for myself, and believing because of my own experience and study. I attended church, went to early morning seminary and tried to learn as much as I could. Toward the end of high school I had to make decisions about school, friends, and serving a mission. I spent a summer working at a Boy Scout camp in the sierras, and one night decided to spend a night camping by myself to meditate and pray. That night under the stars I felt the Holy Spirit touch my heart and I felt that I knew what my Heavenly Father wanted me to do. I spent the next year in college, attending church regularly, and preparing to serve a mission. That experience was pivotal in that from that time I knew that my Heavenly Father knows who I am, and that he can make his will known for me. I knew that following Christ was the most important thing for me to do, and I determined to follow him for the rest of my life. The reason I continue in the church is because I have come to depend on my Father's guidance as a parent, as a husband, as an employee, as a citizen. I am far from perfect, and hope for and have faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. As I try to change and improve and be the man my family and loved ones want me to be, I find that that goal can only be achieved through the help of my Savior Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I have found that the best way to learn is by doing and teaching. I have always been service minded, and I try to put service to my family and church first. I love working with the youth, and have been an active scouter for many years working with all levels of scouts. As my son has started participating in scouts I have enjoyed introducing him to the values of scouting and how they make him a better man and a better Mormon. I have had opportunities to serve as a leader in the church and have presided over congregations. I am currently serving as a Bishop of a Spanish speaking ward, and am learning to depend more in on the Lord for guidance and inspiration. I have found that the greatest joy in serving comes with personal connections. Serving as the Father to my children means more than anything else as I work and play with them. serving others in the church by visiting them, teaching, helping with chores, or listening brings a great deal of fulfillment and joy to my life

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Roy Harline
Many of my friends of other Christian faiths ask me what we do at Christmas and Easter. They ask if we have something like a midnight mass at Christmas, or Easter Morning service. I often respond by telling them that we generally celebrate these holidays in a manner that they would recongnize. While we have normal services on Sunday, in our family we have special times where we read scriptures together, and talk about our Savior's bith, his sacrifice and death, and his victory over death and sin. This is an opportunity for me to teach my children from scriptures, and share with them my personal feelings about these important events. We do put up christmas trees and decorate them every year. We have a special meal at thanksgiving, christmas and easter. We decorate easter eggs. We celebrate other special days as well. These are family traditions that help us grow together, and have fun. Though we enjoy these activities as a family, we try focus on the spiritual aspects of the important religieous holidays and remember who created us, and that these days are to remember Christ and his love for us. Show more Show less