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Hi I'm Lawrence McLay

I grew up in a suburb of Boston, Mass. I was an orphan and found my relligion in the home of my foster parents. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to Mormonism. I taught religion in the L.D.S. church for forty years and I am now retired. I was an orphan and as a young man got into a lot of trouble and spent time in reform school. My religion gave me a new start. I love to play golf, play the guitar and sing. I am starting to learn how to play the piano. I am married to a wonderful woman and have five beautiful children and twenty grandchildren. I find that my religion gives me purpose and goals and is helping me to become a better person. I am a college graduate and have a Master's degree in Educational Psycology. I am a disabled veteran having served my county in Vietnam as a combat infantry soldier.

Why I am a Mormon

I came into the church when I was eighteen years old. I had a troubled and sorted past. I did not like people very much and I got into all sorts of trouble. When I joined the L.D.S. church my life changed drastically. I became more humble and teachable and I began to understand that life is what you make it to be. I have always felt the hand of God in my life even through all my troubled times. I knew he loved me and that even though I was abused severly as a child I knew that he was watching over me and guiding me to a better place. The Mormon church has made alll the difference in my life. I am not the same person I was when I joined. I find that happiness is always available even in times of sorrow and troubles. The gospel was my answer to why we are here and where we are going. I continue to follow the gospel in my life because it is a constant source of help and comfort. I know that the church is true and that today there are living prophets on the earth like the olden days spoken of in the Holy Scriptures. I do not know how I would live without the church in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying hard to obey the commandments of God and to serve and help others. I spent forty years teaching the youth of the church and they are my greatest love. Young people keep me feeling young. I serve in my church as a teacher in the church for adult older men. I spent many years delivering Meals on Wheels for shut-ins. I home teach and I enjoy visiting families and trying to help them in any way that I can.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Lawrence McLay
Mormons believe in the bible because it is the word of God. We believe, however, that during translations some of the truths found therein have been changed either by accident or in some cases on purpose by wicked and calculating men. So we say that we believe the bible to be the word of God so far as it is translated correctly. We believe in modern revelation from Joseph Smith the first prophet of our Church and living proplets today to have aided in correcting the bible in places where great truths were lost or changed or even that are vague and hard for people to understand. I am a former Lutheran and I still love that church to this day. I was taught and I learned much about God from my Lutheran friends. But I believe that some of the things that they believe have been altered and changed from the orignal doctrines. The bible is my friend. It contains some of the most beautiful and moving stories of all time. It contains an account of our Savior, Jesus Christ, found in no other book. I could never seperate myself from the truths that I find in this Holy Writ. I love to read its pages and explore the doctrines of Christ and the apostles that are found in its sacred pages. We could no more as Mormons disregard the bible as part of our religion than cut off our arms. It is a witness of our Savior and it teaches profound and lasting truths. The world would be a better place if everyone read it's pages and followed it's teachings. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Lawrence McLay
To mormons the family is the Eternal Unit. This means that in our religion we can be together as a family in the eternities. I love my family and the thought that my relationship with my wife and children ends at death is repugnant to me. I don't want to go through all the sacrifices, joys, sorrows, and experiences of life and in the end have all the ones that I loved taken away. I don't want the special relationship that I enjoy with my wife to be ended because of death. To L.D.S. people our belief that families can be together forever is one of the greatest of the fundamental teachings of our church. I know that God is actually our Father in Heaven. The father of our spirits and that we go on and on and on when this mortal life is over. I want to go on and on with those who I love the most in life, my precious family. Show more Show less