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Hi I'm Russel Hartwig

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Tempe, Arizona in the United States. I bike ride on the weekends and do networking during the week. I do sales for work. I am engaged to a wonderful young lady, and we are looking forward to being married for time and all eternity in the Temple. I do a lot of tech work when I have time, as well, for favors, and sometimes for pay - like working on computers. I have been in the Mormon faith my entire life. My parents are both members of the LDS church as well. My father was a convert and my mother has been a member her whole life.

Why I am a Mormon

I gained my testimony of the LDS faith when I was fourteen years old. I remember the day. I was reading the scriptures, more specifically the Book of Mormon, and I wanted to know if it was true. I knelt down and prayed to ask my Father in Heaven if it was true. I prayed with an earnest heart and I received an answer. The answer came to me like a sudden feeling to my soul. It made every part of me overjoyed with the knowledge that what I was reading was true. I have never felt so good before. After that I knew that if the Book of Mormon was true than everything that has occurred to enable that book to be written had to be true as well. That meant that the vision that Joseph Smith saw while kneeling down in a grove of trees, in Palmyra, New York, was true also. I would ask any of you to talk with the missionaries about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is worth the time and effort!

How I live my faith

I always remembered my mother saying, "It's not 'your' room. It's 'the' room." She would do this when trying to make it more of our house, and not only "my" house. Because I grew up with six other brothers. I needed to share. It gets me thinking of ownership in things today. I see that every thing we have isn't really "ours," but was given to us from our Heavenly Father. It makes me think of how thankful we need to be for all of the things around us that support us, allow us to live, create, think, share, develop, keep, and change. We don't own most of it, but we can use it. It is a gift to us! That is what I think of in my day to day life that enables me to keep my head above water while doing daily tasks. I think of a loving and caring Father in Heaven that gave us all these things. We can use them to our benefit. We must share, and it is better when we do. Charity definitely comes to mind when thinking along these lines. Everywhere I go I try to do something good to someone around me - wether it be cleaning up after someone else, or helping someone with directions. I try to do something daily to make the world go round a little easier.