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Hi I'm Harold (Harry) Potter

I grew up in Indiana, officiate high school and college sports, work with computers, love Harry Potter Books and I am a Mormon.

About Me

All growing up my nickname was Harry Potter. All my high school and college friends know me as Harry Potter. I tell everyone that I am the "Real" Harry Potter. I love the Harry Potter books and movies. I work as a network administrator for Utah State University. I have run 12 marathons, several triathlons including an Ironman Triathlon. I officiate high school soccer, basketball, lacrosse and college soccer. I have a masters degree in recreation education and danced with the BYU International Folk Dancers while at BYU. I lived in South West Washington for 13 years before moving to Logan, Utah in 1989. When I am not refereeing a game I am either out on a run or spending time with my grandchildren. I am married and have four children and nine grandchildren. My family is the most important thing to me and I love spending time with my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I was baptized when I was eight years old. When my family moved to Indiana it was 30 miles to the nearest LDS Church and my family soon stopped attending. When I was 18 I went to Brigham Young University and started attending church. I soon had my own personal testimony of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith and have been an active member since. I served as a full-time missionary in the Alaska British Columbia Mission where I met my wife. My wife is a convert. She joined when she was nineteen years old.Since serving my mission my family became active again and my parents served as missionaries in South Africa. My two younger brothers and my sister all served missions as well. My wife and I were married in the Washington D.C. Temple in 1975 and our marriage has never been stronger. We have had our ups and downs, but we have worked to get through them and we are best friends. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is everything to me and I am grateful to know we have a living prophet to guide us today. I love the Book of Mormon and enjoy reading of the Savior's visit to the people in America after his resurrection. I know it is a second witness (along with the Bible) of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to be an example of the two great commandments, to love God with all my heart, soul and mind and to treat others as I would like to be treated. Since coming back into the church I have served in many callings in the church including many priesthood leadership positions, primary teacher, youth programs, scouting leadership, sunday school teacher and seminary teacher. I am currently serving as a Bishop for a married student ward for students attending Utah State University. I try to do my best to keep the commandments Heavenly Father has asked us to keep, but know that I fail many times. I am grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and know that he suffered for my sins. I know that as I remember his suffering for me and truly repent I can be forgiven of my sins and return to live with my Heavenly Father and my Savior with my family. I know that through the covenants that I have made in the temple my marriage is eternal and not just for this life. I know that I am a child of God and we are here to prove ourselves worth to return to him after this life.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Harold (Harry) Potter
Jesus Christ said that unless we baptized (see John 3:1-5) we could not enter into the kingdom of God. With the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the authority to baptize has been restored and must be performed by one having this authority (see Doctrine and Covenants Section 22). The majority of Heavenly Father's children will not have the opportunity to receive this ordinance in this life and because Heavenly Father loves all of his children he has provided a way for everyone to participate in this saving ordinance and have the blessings of membership in his kingdom. Members of the Church have the special privilege to go to one of the temples and be a proxy for our brothers and sisters that have died without the opportunity to be baptized. This is an act of love for Heavenly Father and his children and we have the blessing of being a savior to those who could not do it for themselves. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Harold (Harry) Potter
One of the fundamental beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is this life is not all there is. We lived with Heavenly Father as his spirit children before we were born and we can live with them again when we die. We came from Heaven to this mortal life when we were born. Heavenly Father created this earth for us and provided a plan for us known as the "Plan of Salvation" that if we follow here will qualify for us to return to live with him again when we die. We often refer to that plan as the plan of happiness because we can find true happiness through obedience to that plan. As spirits in the pre mortal life we progressed as far as we could and we knew that we needed to have a physical body in order to progress to become like our Heavenly Father. He created this earth so we could be born and gain a physical body. we are also here to prove that we could keep the commandments he asked us to keep and receive the saving ordinances that would qualify us to return to live in his presence. These ordinances include baptism and the sealing ordinances of the temple. The family is part of this plan and it helps us form eternal bonds with our earthly family and provides the safety and security of parents and siblings that help us learn to love others besides ourselves. Through the temple ordinances we are sealed together as eternal families and that relationship will extend beyond our mortal lives if we live worthy. Show more Show less