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Hi I'm Larry

I've lived in seven countries and many states. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 35 years. We have seven children, four girls and three boys. Five of the children are married and we have 12 grandchildren. I've worked in banking and institutional money management for the last 32 years. I've lived in Spain, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the USA. Business and vacations have taken me to at least 55 countries. I received a MBA in New York City and a BA in International Relations in Utah. I love to read, fly fish, and travel. Living in the mountains of the western USA allows me to be outside and see the beauties of God's creations. Standing in a mountain stream with the sun over my shoulder and the mountains in sharp relief against a cloud speckled sky is pure joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was active in the Mormon church. I was able to see the blessings that came to our family from living the precepts of the church. As we moved around the world I was able to compare my familial experience to that of my friends and see that it was different. I had wonderful childhood friends, many of whom were active in their own churches. They had much truth and were blessed in their worship. The difference was that we had a fulness of truth. And that made life more joyful than even that which my friends experienced in their lives. So, when I reached an age where I could choose if I wished to pursue the course my parents had laid for me, it was easy to choose to continue forward. Because of the teachings of the church, and because of the commitments we are encouraged to make I am a better person, husband, father, grandfather and neighbor. I spent two years as a missionary in Uruguay and Paraguay. I came to love the people, their cultures and language. More importantly, I saw how joining the church could change people's lives. As one of our church leaders said, it makes bad men good and good men better. It builds and strengthens families and through them society in general. I love Jesus. I am so grateful for his life and the atonement he wrought for me and for you. I have felt the Holy Spirit witness in my heart the truth of His gospel and that He paid for my sins. He is my Savior and Redeemer. The church can help you come to Christ and experience the joy of his love.

How I live my faith

Our church gives us many opportunities for service. Everyone is given the opportunity to hold positions in the organizations of the church and its leadership. You might hold a position for a year or two in some cases, and in others you might serve for five to ten years. I spent 5 1/2 years as a scoutmaster in the BSA troop sponsored by our church. It was such a joy to work with these young men. I have also served in ecclesiastic assignments. I was ordained as a Bishop and presided in a congregation in Miami. A Bishop in our church is in charge of all the various ministries of a congregation. He calls others to lead these ministries to the women of the congregation, the young women and young men from 12 to 18, the children from 3 to 12, the Sunday School organization and many other ministries. There may be 50 people in various assignments in a small congregation and over 500 people in a larger congregation. I currently serve supervising 200 young men and women as they provide missionary service, explaining the basic beliefs of the church and inviting all to come to Christ. It is a wonderful blessing to be able to associate with them, provide for their needs, train and motivate them.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Larry
Missionaries have a series of gospel messages related to Jesus Christ organized into 4 lessons. These lessons contain many of the basic beliefs of the church. The first lesson addresses the need for prophets and how they can bless our families. It explains the miraculous origins of our church. In the lesson you will be introduced to The Book of Mormon, Another Testiment of Jesus Christ. You will be invited to read, ponder and pray to find out from God if the message is true. You will be invited to attend a church service with us so you can meet members of the church and experience one of our worship services. The second lesson explains the purpose of life and God´s great plan of happiness for each of us. You will learn of a pre-mortal existence and how it led to us existing on earth. The mission and Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ will be explained. You will learn what happens to us after death and what awaits us in heaven. The third lesson teaches the good news of redemption through Jesus. The Doctrine of Christ will be explained including faith, repentence, baptism and the gift of Holy Ghost and why it is important to perservere faithful until the end of our mortal lives. The final lesson teaches us about the manner of lives God expects us to live. We are taught commandments that will bring us joy and good health, and will open the windows of heaven so blessings can pour upon us. In every lesson you will be invited to read, ponder pray and attend church. Show more Show less