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Hi I'm Steve Harris

I was born into an LDS family and I have been a Mormon all of my life. I am a believer of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

About Me

Most important about me is that I am a father. I married my childhood sweetheart and we have been married for 43 years. We have raised a family of seven daughters and one son. (No, the son was not the last child born.) At the age of nineteen I was called as a missionary for my church and I served for 2 1/2 years in the country of Denmark. I feel in love with the Danish people and my feelings for them have never changed. I served in the US Army for 5 1/2 years and spent time in Germany, El Paso, TX, and Colorado Springs, CO. I had a desire to make a career in the Army but things did not work out for me and I left the Army in 1976. I spent the next 32 years working in the tire industry as a sales representative, and during that time I traveled over a million miles by car calling on tire dealers and trucking businesses. I mainly worked in the mid-west and I have a great respect for those who labor with their hands, providing a service for their communities. Outside of my family and work my main interest has been with the Boy Scouts of America. One might ask how a father of seven daughters would have his hobby and interest in an organization that would only benefit young-men. Part of it does have to do with my one son but most of all I have loved the Scouting program because of the good that it does for boys. My son is an Eagle Scout but for 35 years I have worked in the organization to insure that many other boys have the same opportunities as my son.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a family that was active participants in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known to most as Mormons. I must give credit to my parents, and the small farming community that I was raised in, for teaching me my first concepts and understanding of God. I lived amongst people who had come from various backgrounds and countries, who had given up much in their lives to come to a free country, the United States, to practice their new found religion. I believed the teachings I received in my home and in our local church and have tried to follow those teaching that I was first taught. One of my first memories as a child is looking through a picture book. This book was a picture book of Jesus Christ. There were pictures of the Baby Jesus, of the shepherds kneeling by the manger where Christ was laid. There were pictures of Jesus, as a young man, teaching in the temple, and pictures of his ministry. Last of all was a picture of his death and crucifixion. I guess I can say that these latter pictures were disturbing to me but there was also a picture of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb. It was a picture that brought me peace. Those pictures, 62 years after viewing them, are still imprinted on my mind and memory. Jesus Christ has been part of my teachings since I was a child. Such it has been throughout my life, not just the pictures but the teaching I have received in my church. I have always believed that Jesus Christ of the Son of God. Never has there been any time that I was taught otherwise. The teaching of Jesus Christ has always been central in my home, my church and my personal belief. For these reasons I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These teachings and belief have sustained me throughout my life. I know that Christ is the Son of God.

How I live my faith

I hope that the wonderful teachings that I have received show in my personal life. I would want those who have known me and whom I have worked with would see that I have tried to follow the teaching of Christ. Recently, after my retirement, my wife and I spent 23 months serving a mission for our church. The opportunity to just serve without worries of employment and worldly matters was a great experience for us. I would have loved going back to Denmark to serve another mission but this time we worked in North Dakota. We became involved in a variety of different services such as Church Education with the youth and working with our members on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. This experience was one of the richest we have had in our lives. We found out quickly that we benefited more than those whom we served. We hope to be able to have more of these experiences in our future. I mentioned my love for scouting earlier and I have spent years working with Scouting within the LDS Church. I have also had opportunities to serve with the young women of our church. Having seven daughters gave me occasion to support them in their camp programs and my scouting experience gave me the tools and knowledge to be of assistance to the leaders of these young women. For 20 years I went to the young women's summer camps and helped out in one way or another. Overall, my greatest enjoyment has been working with the youth.