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Hi I'm Doug Harwood

I'm a Mormon and a retired electrical engineer. I enjoy the outdoors and this beautiful world our Heavenly Father has given us.

About Me

I worked in the defense industry for over 40 years as both engineer, manager and technologist. While my work was very rewarding and interesting being on the edge of technology solving difficult problems, my family was my first priority. My wife and I met at church and have had a wonderful life together. We raised 9 children who have brought great joy into our lives along with a growing number of grandchildren. I have greatly enjoyed doing outdoor type activities such as hiking, biking, climbing, back packing, skiing, fishing, riding horses and so forth. I have always tried to involve the family in these activities where possible so they could experience the same love I have for the outdoors. I also enjoy gardening, painting, wood carving and wood working in general. Basically I love to be active. We raised our family in the San Francisco bay area until retirement. When we retired we moved to the mountains of Idaho. Going from the large cities to living in a small town.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member all my life coming from a long line of members. However I had to learn for myself if this was the true church restored on the earth. I learned it as an answer to prayer, asking for a confirmation, that this was the Lord’s church having been restored with full priesthood power. Throughout my life I have come to trust in the Lord and His guidance to me through answered prayers. It is great comfort to be able to go to Him and receive His help when needed. Sometimes the answers don’t come to me as expected but after time I can look back and see that the prayer has been answered. This has been a strength to me because I have had the answer confirmed many times that this is the church of God and he did reestablish it on the earth through the prophet, Joseph Smith. As I study and pray about the Book of Mormon, it is confirmed to me that it is the word of God. It is a companion to the Bible and the two books support each other in testifying that Jesus is the Christ. As a young man I also had the eternal plan of our loving Heavenly Father confirmed in my heart that I will be able to be with family once again after this life. This has again been confirmed as I have worked in the temples of the Lord and felt His loving concern for His children here on the earth. I have come to know these things by my own study and prayer and serving my fellow man. I love being able to help others whenever possible and the good feeling that come from this service. As a young man I served a mission for my Church in the Southwest United States, serving among the Navajo and Apache Indians. And now my wife and I are jointly serving another mission for the church.

How I live my faith

As part of my commitment to God and my Savior Jesus Christ, and for a debt to my Savior Jesus Christ I can never repay, I have attempted to serve my fellow man both in the church and in the community. For example, I served in the Boy Scouting organization, Scout Master in two different troops three or more times. I also served as District Commissioner, a Merit Badge Councilor, and as the community outreach leader for the district. I initially didn’t want to be involved but as I served others it became a major part of my life helping the youth become better men. Within the church I have been in positions of leadership working mostly with the youth and single members. It has been a blessing to be of help to them and see them grow and take leadership of their own lives, family, and serving others. Through this service I have seen the hand of the Lord in our lives and that He does care and love each and every one of us. He knows us personally and wants us to be with Him again. This service includes Bishop and Bishops Counselor within several congregations, Counselor in Stake (a group of congregations) Presidency, Counselor in the Temple, missionary, Counselor in Mission Presidency to name a few.

In whom should we have faith?

Doug Harwood
We should center our faith in Jesus Christ. He has set a path for all of us to follow in order to be able to come close to our Heavenly Father and dwell with Him after this life. Jesus wants us to become good loving people who care for others. Faith is more than just a belief or desire. Faith requires us to act and move forward with a firm conviction that we are moving in the right direction. Faith in Jesus Christ requires us to live lives according to the teachings He taught and the example He set as recorded within the Bible and Book of Mormon. Show more Show less