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Hi I'm Larry

I grew up in Reno,Nevada, and have spent the past 30 years in the Seattle area, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired police officer, I spent a 31 year law enforment career working in Utah, Idaho, and Washington. I worked patrol, investigations, and training during my career. I enjoy fly fishing, hunting, camping, and riding motorcycles. I have been married for 40 years and we have 5 children and11 grandchildren. I have been involved in Boy Scouts of Ameria since 1976 as a scout leader and on the district and council level. I have staffed Wood Badge 8 times and was a course director in 2007. I also have been a scoutmaster for council Junior Leader Training, a silver beaver, and a shooting sports director. I enjoy working with youth. Most of all I enjoy playing with my grandkids they are all still pretty young, but recently I have been taking a weekly bike ride with a six year old grandson, it is the best time in the world. My family is the most important thing in my life. Life moves on I now have 11 grandchildren ranging from 10 to six months. They are a great joy in my life, to watch them grow and discover all that life has to discover. Five of them live locally with the other six in Wyoming. At least we can see and talk to them on skipe, I now realize how hard it was on my parents when we moved our children away from their grandparents.

Why I am a Mormon

The fact that God has called a Prophet today who leads his church here on the earth is a great blessing, that God loves us enough that he has provided a means for direct communication and direction to us as his children. That through the Priesthood I have an eternal family who can be a family unit for eternity. Has been a great help to me. Having worked in law enforcement and seeing what man has created I am greatful for a loving Heavenly Father who has established a means for us to return to be with him and to be like him. I love the simple truth that we are children of God and we are sent here to prove ourselves and to be found worthly to be with him. I love the Prophet Joseph Smith as well as those men who have followed him in that devine calling their love and understanding and commitment to God make them heros to me. I love the Book of Mormon, it again shows God's love for his children, that he not only spoke to the people of the Bible, but that he speaks to all people and loves us all and has provided his gospel for each of us the follow, and to learn from. Learn to love our fellow men and love our Heavenly Father as well as his son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a scout leader of over 30 years, I live my faith by working with young men, by helping them understand and reach their potential. Having been a course director for Junior Leader Training programs I get to work with the youth leaders from throughout the council and see the leaders of the future and help them develop the skills they will need to truely be leaders. Having served on several Wood Badge staffs I get to meet other dedicated scout leaders who are working on improving their ability to help the kids in their units suceed not only in scouting, but in life. Scouting and church service has allowed me to help some very bright members of future leaders and help them develop skills that will take them into the future. I enjoy working with youth as they are the future of the world. I served a full time mission in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina from 1968-70.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Larry
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith, but he is very important it God's plan, He was used as the person through which God restored his true church to the earth, Joseph Smith was the first president and prophet in modern times as such he is loved and revered. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Larry
All of the people who have ever lived on the earth are spirtual children of our Heavenly Father we had parents there just as we have parents here. God has a body and he wants us to be like him, in order to oobtain a physcal body we had to come to earth and go through the process called birth and we must all go through the process called death at the end of this earth life no one escapes. Yet while we are here on earth we have opportunities to grow and develop talents and learn what we learn here will rise with us in the next life. We learn to make choices between good and evil , right and wrong, the more we make right or good choices the easier it gets to keep making those correct choices. We also have opportinities to help our fellow beings which are actually our brothers and sisters, who when we meet again in the next life we will recoginize and continue the relationships we have developed. This life is a learning period and a test to see if we will do as God has asked and wishes us to do this is why we need prophets here on the earth to help us know what correct choices we should be making. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Larry
No there is no requirement to serve a mission, it is a privilege and honor to be allowed to serve a mission. Prophet of God said we serve him by serving our fellow beings, a mission enables one to help and to serve others in ways not possible other wise. The love you develop for those you serve with and those your efforts touch is indescribable and it makes you a better person by increasing your own abilities to work and share with others. Show more Show less