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Hi I'm Larry

I live in a small town in Utah. I am the father of seven children. I've been married for 33 years and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the navy right out of H.S. I learned about the church a year later. While in H.S. I never liked going out to 'party' with the other guys. In fact I was afraid of being arrested by my uncle, a policeman, who would tell my mom. In the navy I made a friend that didn't do things that I would be ashamed of later. I was made fun of by being friends with "goodie two shoes". In those days we worked on Ford Island in the middle of Pearl Harbor. It was a 45-minute boat ride to our cars. One day during that trip my friend asked me to learn about his church. I said, " Sure, I am opened minded and I was always interested in other churches. He said that after I heard about his church I wouldn't want to hear about any other churches. I didn’t pay attention to what he meant. I heard the missionary discussions and I knew it was true. I was afraid of the stigma of being a 'Mormon'. I did, however, attend church with my friend. Two years later after I was transferred back to San Diego from Hawaii, I was alone, without friends at my new duty station. I went back to the Catholic Church but I didn't feel the Spirit that I felt before. I went to an LDS service the next Sunday and the Missionaries asked why I hadn’t been baptized. They said I had been missing the fullness of Gospel along with blessings that I could only receive in The Church. I still had an excuse for not being baptized, my friend couldn’t come from Hawaii to do it. I asked him, the next week I was baptized.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Catholic Church. I went to Catholic school for two years. Even as young as first grade I knew that there was more to the Gospel of Jesus Christ than was being presented in Catholic school. Years later when I was learning about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I told the missionaries who were teaching me some of the things I had alway believed. They said that the Catholic Church doesn't teach that. I told them that I had always felt these things since first grade. They told me that what I believed was true and that this church was the only one that taught the same thing. If it is what I have always believed and this church is the only one that teaches it then I have to join a church that teaches what I believe and that is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I attend church each Sunday. I am active in the congregation by trying to help others in the congregation as well as others of the community that are not a member of our church.

What is faith?

There will always be things that exist but that we have not seen. One example is the wind. We can see the effects of the wind, trees moving back and forth, leaves and dirt being moved from one place to the other, but we do not actually see the wind. The wind, however does exist. I have not see One Million dollars. I know it exists. There are records that show that some people have that much money and more. Just because I have not seen it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I have not seen Jesus Christ but as is recorded in the scriptures, John 20:29, "Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." Show more Show less