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Hi I'm Larry

I was born in North Dakota grew up in Minnesota, retired as a pipefitter after 35 yrs, found the Church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am presently 67 years old, married to my wonderful wife for 47 years, we have 3 adult children, two adult grandchildren, and soon too be four fantastic great-grandchildren. I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in 2001. Before retiring in 1999, I had been a pipefitter for 35 years. The majority of my work assignments were away from home, I would leave early Monday and return home late Thursday or Friday every week. Once home it was time to maintain the home and spend time with the kids, there just wasn't much time for thinking about going to a Church.

Why I am a Mormon

My Brother Paul being a born again Christian, asked me to have breakfast with him one day, as we ate he said if I would go home and say a prayer, the Lord would bless my life. The prayer found in 1 Chronicles 4:10 which reads: And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. After saying this prayer about an hour had gone by, before I heard a knock on the door, it was 2 Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Even though I tried to brush them off, one Elder began to answer those questions that had always been on my mind, why are we here, where did we come from, where are we going, can God change or is He the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

How I live my faith

I am presently serving as a Church Service Missionary as an Employment Consultant at an LDS Employment Resource Center. Here we help anyone from any background to find or improve there employment situation. I also work several shifts at a Family History Center as a Libraian and Consultant. It is very rewarding to help individuals find employment or a missing relative.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Larry
No, we help everyone, I am presently serving in the LDS Employment Resource Center, where it is open to all, we serve all of Heavenly Fathers Children there, trying to find them employment or upgrading their interview and/or resume writing skills . I also work at the Oakdale Family History Center, where everyone is welcome to use all of the facilities and resources that we have, no matter their background, as we are all of the same Divine Family. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Larry
We may come to know our Father in Heaven, by learning of his will for us, and then walking in Faith until we have a sure knowledge of Him. You, may ask "What is His will for us?" When we read the Scriptures, the times that we actually hear Him is when he is introducing His Son. Peter, James, and John heard Him on the Mount of Transfiguration, as in Mark 9:7 which reads: And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. By this we know that what our Heavenly Father wants for us is to hear his Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. If we will read what Jesus has to say, we will learn of him and if we know him, we will know the Father. We can then know that we will receive Eternal Life,by what Jesus says in John 17:3 "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent". I know these things to be true, as the Holy Ghost has testified to me, of them. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Larry
The Mormon Church is a Building is which we go to partake of the Sacrament on Sundays, and to teach one another the true principles of the Gospel, these buildings are also used for the young men and young women of the church to gather together and in their respective groups to learn life skills and grow closer to the Savior. The Relief Society also uses the building for the same reasons. Through these things we become prepared to go to the Temple. The Temple is a very Sacred Place, it is called the Mountain of the Lord. In Scriptures whenever Jesus or a Prophet went to talk to God they usually went up on a high Mountain, there to be taught the things of the Kingdom, that our Father wanted to be brought down to his children. The Temple is much the same, it is a place for personal Revelation and for the performing of the higher Ordinances of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Larry
Yes, I Do believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today. One of the key questions I have always wondered, is can God change? Of, course the answer is no he cannot change, for if he treated us differently then any of his other children, he would be a respecter of persons, which we know he is not. Therefore, if he had a Prophet on the Earth in days of Old he would have a Prophet on the Earth today, I know that he does and his name is Thomas S. Monson. Just as Moses, Elijah, Noah, Adam, Enoch, and many others have held keys to perform different duties upon the Earth for the Father, Thomas S. Monson holds all the keys of the Kingdom, that are required to move the Kingdom forward. Show more Show less