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Hi I'm Larry Aten

I grew up in Illinois on a farm, was a submarine sailor, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 72 year old navy retiree enjoying great health. I grew up on a small livestock and grain farm in west central Illinois with a sister, and Dad and Mom. My parents taught me to work and enjoy watching crops and animals grow. We raised corn, soybeans, oats and hay. Summers were spent mowing weeds, baling hay and caring for the animals, cows, fat calves, hogs and sheep. I was probably 6 or 7 when I started driving a tractor, about 8 or 9 when grandpa turned me loose in the field by myself with a 16 foot harrow. I had the distinction of being the smallest boy in high school, even at graduation. Following high school, I joined the US Navy, ending up with a career in and around submarines as an electronics technician, radar and sonar operator. I served on three diesel submarines, one fleet ballistic missile submarine, and briefly on one surface ship before gaining a commission as an ensign, and retiring as a lieutenant. I then went back to school receiving my BA, and then worked at Kings Bay, GA. I enjoy football, basketball and softball, and fishing. I'm getting too old for the first three and don't seem to have much time for fishing. I spend much time with my father in Illinois, church callings and family history research. I met my wife of 45 years in New London, Ct. She can tell you that story. We have seven great children, all married except our 27 year old youngest, twenty five grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

This is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with all of the ordinances and authority, including apostles and prophets, necessary for us to return to our Heavenly Father. I grew up as a Methodist, but with questions of; Where did I come from, Why am I here, and Where will I go upon death? The Church answers all of these questions, and more; such as, What happens to people who have never heard of Jesus Christ? I have been a member for almost 40 years, and will testify that Jesus Christ lives, this is His Church and that the Book of Mormon is a second witness of the Savior, the first being the Bible. My wife and I have been sealed (married) in the Washington Temple for time and all eternity. Our children have also been sealed to us as well. Church service and constant instruction has helped me to become a much better husband and father/grandfather and great-grandfather.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by daily trying to be a good man. I try to assist others as needed. I always try to live by using the Savior and our Church leaders as examples and striving to keep His commandments. My wife and I completed our first 18-month mission in April, 2013, and will begin our second on December 1, 2014.

What is being a Mormon like?

Larry Aten
I don't think my life is much different from my neighbors. We face the same problems, challenges, trials and taxes. But, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I want to try a little harder to be a good citizen of my community, setting an example by my behavior that I would want my wife and children to emulate, and that would bring pleasure to my parents and parents-in-law, as well as my friends and neighbors. I feel a sense of security and safety in knowing that my wife is to be my companion for time and all eternity, and that our children can be with us as well, even if death should separate us for a season. This means that I feel a sense of duty to more closely follow our Savior's teachings. It means seeking opportunities to teach others of the joy that is mine. It also means seeking my ancestors that they may have this same opportunity to be together for eternity.  Show more Show less