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Hi I'm Larry Manion

Grew up in Idaho, married with 5 kids and 8 grandkids, retired from Verizon/GTE, active Mormon, love outdoors, sports and family

About Me

I am a father of five and have been married to the most wonderful companion for 39 years. I have an accounting degree from BYU and and MBA from Xavier Univ. I was an executive in the telecommunications industry for many years, retired and started my own consulting company where I negotiated contracts for telecommunications companies with municipalities, and recently retired again. In addition to service in the Church, I have been actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America. My hobbies include hiking, hunting, fishing, cycling, woodworking and especially playing with grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man in high school I was very impressed with my Mormon friends and took the challenge to read the Book of Mormon. As I read and pondered that book, the Spirit confirmed to me it was correct, and that the teaching of Christ found in the Church were correct and proper. I started to attend church regularly and after my first year of college, I chose to go on a mission. For two years I served in Germany sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with the people there. During that time my understanding and conviction grew immensely. For the subsequent 40 years I have always been actively serving in the Church, which has been a huge blessing to me and my family. The Savior lives and leads this Church today through living Prophets. I know that is true.

How I live my faith

In the Church there are no paid ministers. The members of the Church on a volunteer, unpaid basis perform all the functions in the church. Over the years I have had the privilege to serve as a youth teacher and leader, as the leader of a congregation which the Church calls a Bishop, and as a Stake President who is responsible to train and oversee the activities of a number of congregations. The opportunities to serve have been a great blessing in my life which has given me many wonderful spiritual experiences.