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Hi I'm Harrison McKnight

I grew up in Utah and Oregon. I had a corporate business career and then became a University professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have four children. For most of our adult lives, our main hobby was doing things with our children and being there for their soccer, softball, singing, dancing, and acting performances. Now we are empty nesters. I also like to read books and to search out my roots. To me, it's like a puzzle to be solved.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. It makes me feel special because it teaches me that I am a child of God with divine potential. My relationship with God and His Son Jesus Christ has given me both intense joy and answers to vital life questions. The intense joy has come from experiencing God's love--that He has forgiven my individual sins. This has occurred many times, but the most life-changing experience was when I was 19. The answers to questions have come when I have occasionally experienced tragedies. When I was 25, my father died. I found great hope in the sure knowledge that we will all be resurrected and can live again as families. Later, our first baby was stillborn. God prepared us for this experience by having me substitute teach a Sunday School class on the book of Job during the two weeks preceding the stillbirth. We found in Mormon teachings the great concept that trials like this are designed by God to help us become better, more empathetic people. We therefore accepted this as a way to be tutored by a loving Heavenly Father who experienced the loss of His own Firstborn. One year later, our sorrow was swallowed up in the joy of the birth of a baby girl. My joy and faith have been renewed over and over as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I enjoy being able to serve in the Church. I like visiting other members and trying to help them out or cheer them up. I have a great time occasionally being able to teach a class. The past few years I have enjoyed working with the young adults in this area. They are excited about life and enthusiastic about everything. I consider it a great privilege to work with people with such great potential.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Harrison McKnight
I once read a book chapter saying that to increase faith and trust in doctors, one needs to interact with them enough to know they are knowledgeable/skilled, benevolent, honest and consistent. That is, these attributes make a doctor worthy of our trust. Even before we interact with doctors, we can learn something about their trustworthy reputation. The same is true with faith in Christ. We learn about His trustworthy reputation by reading what scriptural figures say--those who have experienced Him. We can then experience His love ourselves by praying and repenting and thereby feeling His mercy and benevolence. We experience His honesty by testing His conditional promises to us, which are found in the scriptures. My own finding is that He keeps every promise. I have found that my faith grows firmer and firmer as I experience God's knowledge, power, benevolence, honesty, and consistency. I find He is the perfect object of faith because He possesses these attributes in perfection. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Harrison McKnight
I like to think of God as the perfect Father. We all have fathers, and we understand their strengths and weaknesses. My own father was not perfect, nor am I. But there is something special about the love and kindness a father shows his children. I felt that kindness from my father, both as he did things with me and as he expressed simple pleasure at being around me and my siblings. He wanted to be involved in my life, so he dedicated as much time as he had to the family. We did special things together on Saturdays. For example, he took me to the Oregon state high school track and field championships two years in a row, where we saw Dick Fosbury, who changed the nature of the high jump, grow from a 2nd or 3rd place finisher as a junior to a state champion as a senior. Dad told us life stories in the evenings. He read Bible stories to us on Sunday. I knew he cared. I know that even more today. Once in a while he even took us to work with him. He let me "work" with him. I probably got in the way more than anything, but he still had me come. My Dad also had imperfections. I don't like to think about those, but they existed. How does this relate to God's nature? If I were to carve away all my Dad's imperfections and enhance in the carving all his positive traits, then the resulting statue would be like God. My Heavenly Father forgives me and loves me perfectly. He wants to spend time with me. He wants to be involved in the details of my life. To me, God is like the perfect Dad. Show more Show less