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Hi I'm Harley

I'm a graduate student studying plant proteins. I love my work. I love my family. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student rocking molecular and cellular biology. I teach biology and love the scientific method. I've got two boys and a beautiful wife. I plan lessons for our men's church group in Montgomery Village, MD.

Why I am a Mormon

You know that one part in the New Testament where the Savior promised peace (John 14:27)? I always would read that without pausing to think about my life. But the older I become the more I realize that there is peace in my life, and that peace is a great gift of God. I'm at peace with my life, with my beliefs, with my balance. I'm just happy and peaceful. I know we can find peace in this life when we seek Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

It must have been hard for my parents to join the Church. They joined when they were 26 having not really been associated with any religion. Sometimes I ask myself, "Could I accept the gospel and change my life? Could I lay aside my skepticism to belong to something I felt in my heart was right but in my mind I wanted to deny?" I daily hope to answer this question with "I believe." My parents answered that they believe by being baptized. I was less than one year old, but their decision profoundly changed our family life. Of course, my childhood was like any other childhood: work, messes, and sibling fights. But through it all we never questioned the love my parents had for us, each other or the Savior. Their example taught me that we can have bad days, but everyday we can answer in some small way, "I believe!"

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

This one is tough for me. Truthfully, I don't know, but I do know that women are compassionate. Women make excellent decisions. Women are great leaders. There are no well-founded mortal reasons why God could not call women to the priesthood except for one. It's His Church. If it be the Church of Harley King then call it after my name, or the Church of Moses then call if after the name of Moses. I don't call the shots. I just try to be faithful and not let my questioning supersede my faith. I don't think God looks upon callings in the Church as favoring men or women. There's just stuff that needs to get done, and He's assigned different roles to different people to get it done. I think our current world values suggest leading is a result of success, preparation and reward, but in the Church all roles are just opportunities to serve. The Savior is our leader. Show more Show less

What is faith?

For me faith and science coexist. Science provides the how, but my faith provides the why. I've always felt this two poles complement the Creator. I have many questions, but none so important that I let them disrupt my peace. Show more Show less