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Hi I'm Larry

I'm am husband, a father of 4, I work for an automotive manufacturer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a good family, although we struggled at times. Money was really tight, and my mother's health was poor, but we made it through.My dad worked 14 hours a day to support us. I learned to work at an early age and from age 15 the only time I have not held a job was when I went on a mission to Canada for 2 years. I worked full time and went to school full time to get a 4 year degree largely because of the example set in my home of hard work - and my wife who helped keep us sane during all those long hours of trying to make a living! I try to instill that desire to work hard in my family as we work together to accomplish family goals. I have to admit chores are not always popular!!! My big interest in life has been the automotive industry, after being a technician for a while I moved on to an automotive manufacturer. I usually have an old car in the garage I am dreaming about finally restoring. I like to stay active and play basketball and flag football with men from the church when time with 4 kids permits. I enjoy working out and running (well, I like running - but I can't say my body agrees). My wife Tami is a wonderfully talented woman and is my eternal companion, I really enjoy going out on our weekly dates. I love our children, and enjoy spending time with them. I try to keep it fun and light in our family, I think there is plenty of tough out there that they don't need at home.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member, but as a teenager I really was on the fence about religion. I believed in God, as I had answers to prayers, but I drifted quite a bit. I was working 20-30 hours a week as a senior in High School, and the tough financial situation at home made it hard to be outgoing. After I graduated and started college, I finally decided that I needed to really know if I was going to go to church or move on with my life. I had read the Bible and the Book of Mormon in church and our seminary program, but I had not really read it to know if it was true. Through prayer and reading the scriptures I found Jesus Christ was my Savior and Redeemer. He suffered for me and I could be forgiven of my sins. The feelings of the Holy Ghost brought peace and knowledge of the truth of what I was reading. I visited few other churches as well as my own, and I just never felt the spirit as strong as I did at the church I grew up in. The Bible helped me believe in God, but reading the Book of Mormon is what converted me to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. I love going to church, and I enjoy the friendships and life of being a Mormon. The young men's leaders I had in church were a great influence in setting a good example of being a man of faith, and I had some great friends growing up. Most important is the salvation that comes through my faith in Jesus Christ, His Grace, and direction in my life. I'm definitely not perfect and fall short, and Jesus Christ is there to help me start over again each time I fail. I owe my happiness to Him - I can't do it alone. I decided to serve a mission in Canada for 2 years and married an awesome woman who keeps me going! I really love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I try to enjoy the simple parts of my faith. I like to serve others and the church provides a lot of opportunities to serve others. I enjoy my calling as a home teacher, where I am responsible to help 4-5 families in the congregation as the needs in their families arise. I really like to get to know those who need strengthening and try to be an influence for good. I think growing up in a tough financial situation has brought me to an understanding of the challenges that we can all face at times, and how important a friend can be. I sometimes struggle to let go of the world and focus on being a disciple of Jesus Christ each day, but life is in the struggle and overcoming. My weaknesses can be overcome by faith in Jesus Christ. I hope to develop true charity - the pure love of Christ. In this journey I hope to help others find their way to Christ and find the happiness I have found.