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Hi I'm Harry

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently retired from the real estate appraisal profession. My wife and I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. My hobbies include genealogy, hiking and travel. I have been able to trace back many of my ancestors 8 to 9 generations. It is so interesting finding out about the challenges and accomplishments of my ancestors. One was a whaling ship captain who's voyages would last from 2 to 3 years. His wife, perhaps from loneliness, committed suicide by drowning. After her death he married her sister. Another was an inventor of rope making equipment, cannon balls ect. in the early 1800's. In 1817 he received a letter from the US government that he had been chosen Superintendent of the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. He wrote his letter of acceptance, and rushed down to send the letter by stage coach mail. He lifted his hand, with the letter enclosed and dropped dead from a heart attack. I was born in Plymouth, MA as were my parents and their parents. I have found that 24 of my ancestors were passengers on the Mayflower. They came to this country in the pursuit of religious freedom. Perhaps it is because of this ancestry that I have been able to cope with life's challenges with God's help.

Why I am a Mormon

Back in the mid 60's I decided to go out west to complete my college education. It was there that I met my first Mormon's. My wife grew up in the Church in Utah. We had so much in common when we were dating except for religion. In our decision to get engaged, we decided that we would respect each other's religion and when we had children they would attend the L.D.S. Church. We were married for 21 years before I decided to join the Church. During that time I managed the real estate appraisal subsidiary of a bank. It was a time of recession and most of the major banks in New England were beginning to fail or had failed. For the first time in my life I was getting depressed. I was worried about how I was going to provide for my wife and 3 children. If I was going to rid myself of this depression I needed the Lord's help. It was then that I decided to take the missionary discussions. Shortly after taking the discussions I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Since that day my family and I have been blessed in so many ways. Knowing that the Lord's is there to comfort me and show me the way to happiness through the gospel, his servants, and having the Holy Ghost as my constant companion, has made all the difference. I know that all righteous goals are possible with His help.

How I live my faith

I am happiest when I give service to others. Through the Caregivers program I volunteer to provide transportation to the elderly so they can live independently as long as possible. I have met some of the nicest humble people this way. I belong to the local Interfaith Council. Our biggest fundraiser each year is the Cropwalk. The money raised from this 5 mile walk goes to feed the hungry throughout the world and to our local food kitchens. I have served on the local Zoning Board of Adjustment for the last 18 years. It is very rewarding to interact with other volunteers for the good of the community. I have had leadership positions in the Church for the past 20 years. For 6 years I served as Bishop of our local Ward (congregation). It is very rewarding to help members who have challenges help themselves. For the past 9 years I have been on the High Council. This administrative position involves being assigned to two Wards (congregations) and assisting priesthood leaders with their callings. My wife and I are assigned 6 families in our Ward (congregation) to visit each month. During these visits we share family joys and challenges with each other and provide comfort when it is needed. We also discuss a spiritual message from the scriptures or the church magazine. I love my family, and it is so comforting to me to know that the Lord has provided a way that families can be together for time and all eternity.