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Hi I'm Larry Hansen

I'm a Mormon with some close ties to some wonderful Mormon history from the earliest days of the Church.

About Me

Along with my wife Melanie, we are presently serving as full-time missionaries in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission. We are so grateful for our blessings and are excited to share them with those we come in contact with wherever we are. As a retired City (Manager) Administrator for my small city I have truly enjoyed being able to serve the people I live among and help them deal with issues of day-to-day living. Assisting with the necessities of water, sewer, garbage, police, fire, streets, etc. keeps me close to typical real-life issues. My faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ helps me and through the promptings of the Spirit gives me guidance to deal with the challenges and obstacles both at work and in my family life as a husband and father.

Why I am a Mormon

At first it's easy to say I am a Mormon product of generations long-since passed away. I stand upon the shoulders of immigrants from many different countries of Europe, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. Some came from Wales as early as the the 1600's and settled in New England area. Others came from Denmark, Norway, and England. Some crossed the plains as pioneers, the latest came from Switzerland and rode the train west in the 1870's. So, my heritage has a lot to do with why I am a Mormon. But after all these years of living my faith, the most important reason I continue is the undeniable witness of the Spirit that the Lord does in fact stand at the head of His Kingdom on the earth today and is guiding his work through living prophets once again. It has been restored and taken the form of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as did the Church he organized while he lived on the earth. The fullness of His gospel has been fully restored and the authority and ordinances and covenants necessary for me to obtain the blessings of returning to live with Him and Heavenly Father to enjoy Eternal Life with them and with my family.

How I live my faith

At present my wife (of 40 years) and I attend our church meetings with other friends and members each Sunday. We serve together in our local congregation as missionaries to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those in our area. We also serve in mission operations to support the activities of other missionaries, etc. We invite others to join with us in worship and activities. We tell others of the blessings that we enjoy and would like to share with others. We enjoy visiting with people in their homes and getting to know new friends and neighbors. Please come join us in your search for the ultimate in happiness and blessings!

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Larry Hansen
In this context, a "testimony" is to me simply a solemn and sacred assurance shared with another person or group of the truthfulness of the subject matter. This might be a doctrinal concept, a principle of belief, or an answer to an honest inquiry. Sometimes members become a little mechanical in "bearing a testimony" but not because of a lack of sincerity. The belief or knowledge professed in one's "testimony" is available to and acquired by everyone and anyone who sincerely puts the subject matter to this test. We ponder it in our heart, we pray to Heavenly Father sincerely to obtain an answer as to truth, and through the power of the Holy Ghost, Heavenly Father will answer our prayer spirit to spirit so that we may "know" and "feel" with confidence and assurance that we have received a personal revelation of truth. We test what we learn further by living the concept or the principle and observing the outcome or the fruits of our actions, whether they seem good or not. Then we continue on and on so to speak, embracing truth as we receive it and live it, or rejecting it. We have and use our agency and this process to learn and grow. Show more Show less