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Hi I'm Larry

I'm a geologist, a husband, a father of three, grandfather of five and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 59 years of age. I have worked as an environmental scientist for 28 years. My father was in the military so I spent the first 18 years of my life traveling related to his various assignments. I joined the LDS church when I was 19 after searching for a church for 3 years. I have an MS degrees in geology and library information systems. I've been married for 34 years, have 3 children and five grand children. I have interest in art, such as, photography, woodworking as in producing useful furniture, and stained and warm glass.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager I was searching for a church where I would feel comfortable. I needed to feel I was living a life with a set of beliefs that made me want to work toward a being a better person. If I couldn't do this, I'd was concerned my life would have no direction and would be wasted. I was aware of the various faiths and their beliefs and wanted to select the best for my short term on earth. While I could easily relate to some religious concepts, others were difficult for me to comprehend much less believe or follow. Yet, I knew there was a Heavenly Father who had created the world and everything in it. I felt His presence in my life, but after years of searching I could not find a church I felt comfortable following. Soon after graduation from high school, I was introduced to the LDS gospel by friends and began to explore the LDS doctrine with which I felt immediate satisfaction. When I asked questions, I received answers that matched my understanding of the Bible as a whole and also expanded my understanding or built on what I knew. All the various doctrinal themes related to each other in harmony as if there was one voice teaching and explaining that I was a child of God with a reason for existing and there was a purpose for my life. Surprisingly, many of the truths that I felt were self evident and found during three years of searching, but were not followed by other churches I had studied, I found in the LDS Church. And the LDS Church had been teaching these concepts or believed them for over one hundred years. I had been lead to a church that reflected what I had been searching for, a personal relationship with Christ and spiritual growth. I've never had a reason to look elsewhere for knowledge or spiritual growth. And all that I've learned outside the environment of the Church has supported the church's teachings.

How I live my faith

Since joining the LDS Church I've enjoyed opportunities to share my life with other members of the church and the community at large. Within the church I've been a student of the gospel and I've been had opportunities to lead and teach others. A year after joining the church I asked if I could serve as a missionary. Six months later I was serving as Elder Smith in California. A rich two years followed in which I was able to experience the gospel as a teacher as well as a student. This service was so enriching that I reflect on frequently. As a result, I've raised my children with a positive attitude toward missionary service. Two of my children also served missions (Canada, and Idaho) and enjoyed the experience. I've voluntarily served in many positions within the church working in youth, young single adult, and adult leadership roles. I've taught a variety of classes that have ranged from a small group of 10 year olds, to teenagers, to larger mixed adult groups. I'm currently serving as a young single adult leader near a major university.