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Hi I'm Lloyd

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 40's model husband, father, grandfather with a passion for (not neccessarily in order) my wife, family, church, music, guitars, horses, work, and the gospel. I spent a lot of years playing country music in various locales, and consequently did not know of, or follow the precepts of the gospel for many years. I've worked the mines of Nevada, the night clubs and dancehalls of the west, travelled the country, rode and trained fast horses, and sung a lot of songs. I've announced and participated in rodeos,been a police officer, a gas fitter, truck driver, plumber, farmer, rancher, race horse trainer and a plethora of other interesting and even exciting occupations, but I have never known anything that brings me happiness, joy, comfort and peace as completely as does the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my family. I'm so thankful I finally managed to "put it all together", and know I can be with my family through Him forever. There is much more, but not room to write it here. I love The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Gospel, My Family, and my life as it is now.

Why I am a Mormon

I CHOSE to stay a Mormon, (which I knew very little to nothing about) after I was finally converted to the gospel and as in the talk given by President Uchtdorf in the July 2011 Ensign entitled "Brother I'm Committed" decided to dedicate my heart, soul and mind to doing the will of Jesus Christ. If I had known as a youth what I know now, perhaps I could have made my life a much easier process and progression. Through dedicated scripture study of first the Holy Bible, I discovered there were some serious issues that needed to be addressed that were not addressed by any of the "christian churches" I had attended. Although they in many cases had the same name on the marquee outside the building, I discovered their doctrines though similiar in some ways were not the same. There was a difference of opinion on baptism, being "saved", grace, faith, repentance, whether you had to work or salvation were just a gift you did not have to contribute to any more once you were baptized. The authority to perform sacred ordinances, the priesthood, marriage, family after mortality,who would be saved,would all be saved or just a chosen few? Was God his own personage, was Christ really the Son of God, was the Holy Ghost a separate being, or were the three of them in fact just one being. I discovered in the bible long before reading the Book of Mormon they were indeed separate beings, although one in purpose and design. Who was Jehovah of the Old Testament? Why did they need prophets then and even in the New Testament, but not now? Who would tell us what God wanted us to know without prophets, bringing up the case of revelation. Was revelation needed or required for us to do His will? Countless other questions that I was soon able to answer to my own contentment were answered via the Book of Mormon. It doesn't mean ALL questions have been answered, but perhaps mortal man isn't ready to know ALL things yet. I'm proud and happy to be a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I try to remain actively aware of my communities needs and to vote in all elections as the freedom this great country has was not free, but came through much sacrifice. I love the United States of America. I support my branch, ward and stake communites in my area and participate by accepting and doing my best to honor, learn, and perform my callings and responsibilities. I cannot truthfully say I have been a great success in everything I have been asked or attempted to do, but I always try to the best of my ability to do as I am asked whether of the Lord, or those in need. I love my calling as a branch missionary, my home teaching families, and the family I have been blessed to be the Father/Grandfather of. I try very hard to follow Christ and obey his commandments, and there again I am not always successful and quite often fail to set the example I should, or to do those things exactly as I should. But thankfully, this is a great part of the gospel; Through Christ's atonement, His example, His love, and his Sacrifice, I can repent. I can partake of the Sacrament and renew my covenants and promises to Him, and by attending His Church every Sunday (barring illness), taking care of my home teaching families, treating others as I would like to be treated (most of the time), reading and studying the scriptures regularly and daily, I can keep His Spirit close to my heart. These things help me to be a better person, have a more peaceful life, and give me comfort and joy which I find are the best salves for my soul. I find I do not anger so easily, nor want to be alone so much, but instead find myself more open and comfortable loving those around me. Sometimes I still allow the world to mess up my attitude, but it is now so much easier to pull myself out of a funky attitude. I try daily to live as Christ has asked us all to do, not always having complete success, but doing the best I can as a mortal. The spirit is willing, but sometimes the body is weak. I TRY.