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Hi I'm Harrison

I play the drums, I study linguistics, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love playing the drums. I played bass on my high school drumline and was in a small band that never really made it past the garage. I have never lost my passion for drumming though and own several percussive instruments and dream of owning a marimba and dulcimer. I also have a passion for languages. I served a mission in Hungary and fell in love with the language. Since then, I have studied German for two years and begun learning Turkish. I'm going to college right now studying linguistics and love it - although phonetics not so much. I recently got married to the love of my life and am so grateful that I know I can be with her forever. Although I would love a career in linguistics, my dream job would be to write novels, picture books, comics, movies and whatever else I can come up with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church with believing parents who taught me about the gospel. However, I have seen many close family members grow up to abandon this church and so I have had to discover for myself if I truly believed what my parents taught me. I remember during a particularly hard moment in my life I had been praying to God for an answer to why I had to suffer in this way. I believed what parents had taught me about receiving answers from God, but had until this time never personally experienced it. I prayed for probably several months searching the scriptures and imploring God for an answer. Finally, as I concluded another prayer asking why I had to endure this trial, I opened a pair of scriptures my mother had owned when she was younger and came to a page where she had highlighted a passage. It was the Doctrine and Covenants 136:31 "My people must be tried in all things, that they may be prepared to receive the glory that I have for them." This scripture came to me in a way I can't even really explain, but it felt to me as though God were in the room talking to me personally and directly answering my question. Though I have had my doubts about other points of doctrine in the church, I could never deny that God spoke to me and I know because of this that He lives and He knows us and He wants the best for us. Our trials are important. Sometimes they go quickly and sometimes they still with us until we feel we'll break in half, but God will never abandon us. He has given us a prophet today who can guide us how we should live to be safe and happy in this life and I know that those teachings are true and I am so grateful for them.

How I live my faith

Because I just recently got married, my wife and I have moved into a new area and so we are still finding our place in the community. However, I look at this as an exciting opportunity to help new people and develop my abilities. In general, I live my faith by simply trying to be like Jesus. He taught that people could know the Father by knowing Him and I want each day to do my best so that people can come to know my savior better because they know me. Because of this, I study the scriptures deeply and try to internalize his teachings and I seek for opportunities of simple, every day service. I know that I am not always perfect at this, but I also know that because of the atonement, it is about how often we fall but if we get back up each time. Sometimes all I can do is smile or give someone words of encouragement or a compliment, but I know from personal experience that this kind of help is usually more beneficial than anything else we could do.