Hi I'm Larry Lynch
I am a divorced parent with 5 children. My grand children number eight. I was divorced many years before I joined the church. My hobby is playing golf and enjoy watching all sports. I recently finished college. Gaining an education has been a plus for me and I found that I have a greater capcity to learn than when I was much younger. I live close to two of my children. The other three are scattered. Exercising is in my plan of action and I feel it is a life long program and will add years to my life.
Why I am a Mormon
My living began at the age of 53. This was the year that my old life ceased and I truly was born again. It was a miracle to me as I went from a state of doubt to that of joy. I know that our Heavenly Father and his Son appeared to Joseph Smith. I believe this because it was manifested to me by the Holy Ghost who is the great educator and messenger of our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I know without this I would be an ordinary person seeking the truth. Having a testimony of the truthfullness of the gospel is the gift promised us on our road to happiness. The last 17 years have been filled with joy of a spiritual person and not of a natural person. I know that God wants us to worship him in the spirit which makes me understand why a natural person will not receive such blesings. I am forever thankful to a member of the church that sent missionaries to me. I know that he didn't convert me but was a tool in bringing me to the gospel. A feeling of contentment of where I am on the road of eternal progression offers me the peace that the scriptures talk about..especially the 23rd Pslam. If someone offered me a trillion dollars to refute my testimony I would not be tempted to take it. My religion is who I am and I know people because of it. Although I can not give away my testimony to others I will help them find their way and pray that they might be converted through the great comforter, the Holy Ghost. I share this with you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen..
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Mormons go on missions so they may spread the word of the restored gospel. There are people waiting and it is their job to find them.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Making right choices usually bring blessings and thereby implants in our mind that this is how joy is attained.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
Each opportunity I have I will make statements that would be appropoe to the situations. I have asked a few if they would like a Book of Mormon. I have passed many out.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
It has given me confidence that I did not have. It has benefited me because of how I feel. I quickly over come despair and adversity. I know I am on the right path and I don't want to change any of it.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
We can share harmony by being strong in our faith, listening to others, and praying for guidance to do the right thing.
Could you talk about your baptism?
My baptism was so spiritual. When I went into the water and went under and then came out I was truly a changed person. The Holy Ghost was there during it and after when I received the Holy Ghost as a constant companion. One person who I invited was touched by the Holy Ghost but denied it was received via that source. There were many people there but my family was not. I soo much wished they had been there.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
We do genealogy work because it is the way for our ancestors to be baptised so that they might share in the joy of the gospel. Everyone has to be baptised before entering the Kingdom of Heaven. God has said no unclean thing can enter into his presence. We have a responsibility to do this work while we are here on earth.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I know without a shadow of doubt that no person, other than Jesus Christ, has brought more peope to Jesus Christ than Joseph Smith. I know he lived like a prophet and died like a prophet and that his blood was shed for believing in the truth. I know he is doing more work beyond the veil to where he waits for the resurrection. Knowing this I believe is what made my other beliefs of the church possible. The vision he had of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ was the result of his prayers pertaining to James 1-5. I feel as a friend to him and wish I lived at the time of his time on this earth.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer keeps me stable. I pray every morning and night and a lot in between. Whenever there is something important I will pray about it. I pray to learn how to pray. I often think of Enos and his struggles. I have never struggled with the truth as it is presented to me within the frame work of the Church.
How has attending Church services helped you?
I love going to church and visiting with my friends. Fast Sunday is one of my favorite days...There is usually a spiritual occurence each Sunday. Listening and teaching lessons broadens my path of understanding the gospel. Having more knowledge and sharing personal testimonies only enriches your joy in this world.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I consider myself lucky to have a testimony of the restored gospel. Sometimes I feel fortunate as Alma the Younger did in the Book of Mormon. My spiritual life was going no place prior to my conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There were days of unhappiness. Now I treat these days with hope that there is a solution. So even though there are unpleasant things happening my testimony keeps on strengthening me. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God without any doubt. I know that our Heavenly Father chose him to lead people to Jesus Christ in this last dispensation of the fullness of time. I feel the testimony of the former Prophets. It is exhiliarating. My health is good because of the restored gospel because I know I must do healthy things and that this is important to our Heavenly Father. No man has given me this evidence; but, rather the Holy Ghost. If people will trust in what is being brought to them they will also have a testimony if they are willing to experiment with what is the truth. When I received a testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel I was convinced of its principles.
How has the Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
It has taught me that life is always going to be a struggle and that this has existed since the days of Adam. The Book of Mormon has been the tool to understand how the Prophets of old benefited, suffered, and died so that the truth will live. Each time I read scripture in the Book of Mormon I understand it more. I know without this book we would not have our church. It is truly another testament of Jesus Christ and is the only book that supports the Bible in its authenticity.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
I hope a Celestial Heaven is where I will go. I hope for my testimony and personal living habits be instrumental in bringing my family to Jesus Christ in the truest sense. Hope is what keeps the vision in front of us. Without Hope there is very little progress if not any.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
I have shared with them about not keeping the commandments. I pray that they might turn to me for guidance in this matter.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
To love our neighbors as our self. I have leaned to not like the act but to still love our neighbor. Our neighbor is the world. God is love and he wants us all to love and be forgiving. We must forgive if we expect forgiveness.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
I remember to keep balance. When I get out of balance I seem to be disorganized. I hope to do this so at the end of the day I can accept my activities as being fruitful.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon has given me the confidence to understand the truth. Alma 32-28 has been my greatest teacher. Moroni 3-5 has been the reason why I have a testimony of Jesus Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith, and all of the Prophets since his death. It is truly a gift that can not be surpassed. My work in feeling this way is because I have read the Book of Mormon and I humbly did as Moroni suggested. With all this in mind I now know of my Heavenly Father, his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
Joy is the word that comes to mind. Knowing that he died for us so that we might live eternally takes away the sting of death. Without this faith I am nothing.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
I am the only member of my family. My example is the best teacher that I have. It is my prayer to my family that someday the Holy Ghost will convince them of the truthfulness of the gospel. Without being obstinate I use opportunities to show how our church is. Even though my family does not share my views I am often asked to place a blessing on the food or to give a prayer.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
My confidence in the restored gospel, my desire to teach others, and my memory of why it is essential to eternal life. I am a friendly person without a "Holier than thou" personality. I love it when people ask me a question about the church. I believe that members of the church know I have a testimony and enjoy hearing it. I do this frequently on Fast Sunday.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Harmony has been developed because of not wanting to be right. In other words thinking of the other person and helping to bring forth his view in an uncontentious manner. I know that I have a great message but it has to be used in an uncontentious situation. My love for my family has increased 10 fold because of doing proper things.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
I have learned patience in sharing the gospel. I know of the truth of the gospel and I am able to be strong in my belief, regardless of the influence of other religions.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
My prayers have been answered as I asked Heavenly Father for forgiveness. He has helped me locate things that have been important to me. He has strengthened my testimony as I give it. I continually pray for his peace and have received it. I know that he knows who I am and that I know who I am. As I progress in prayer I grow in the gospel. My prayers have been answered.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
Bringing people to Jesus Christ is one of our greatest goals. I try to keep myself worthy so that I might have answers for people. I am constantly sharing with people the need to know that the only way to the Father is through his son, Jesus Christ. I do this as many people don't believe that Jesus Christ is the head of our church. Baptising the dead is another mission that our Heavenly Father has given us. I participate and have done numerous and know I must do more.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has brought me joy. This joy is knowing that I am where I should be and that I have the truth in my heart. I can't imagine going back to my old ways of living. God's plan is simple. If you love me keep my commandments. If we get off the path, repent, and get back on. I know this through the knowing the Holy Ghost.
How I live my faith
I live my faith as having received a gift from Heavenly Father. My faith creates many opportunities to learn the gospel by believing what is being brought to me. I have found that relying on my faith I leave my mind and heart open to things that enrich my testimony. A testimony is only gained by faith and I try to live my life in a manner where I am wothy of receiving more. If I choose to believe what I think is truth as I did in my other religion I know I am not increasing my faith. My present calling is as a Ward Missionary and as the male single adult representative.