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Hi I'm Rich Larsen

I was born in Utah, greatly increasing my chances of being a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah with a short stint in Arizona. I went on a Mormon Mission to Ontario Canada in the early 70's, came home to Utah, met one of my mission companions sisters and we were married in the Arizona Temple and have lived in Arizona all of our married lives. We have 4 children, 16 grandchildren. I am a general contractor, love the building industry, but as of late it has been a challenge. I enjoy my service in the Church, working at my job, which is very service oriented, and working in my yard where I love to grow flowers and fruit trees. We are a sports oriented family, some families are big into music or drama, we are football and volleyball. Each of our children excelled at sports and we find it a great family hobby to be involved in the sports of our children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in and for the most part raised in a small Utah town, Richfield. As you might expect, most of the town was Mormon, the difference, was the level of committment of those members. Our family was "less committed", we never went to church, not Easter or Christmas, but were proud to be "Mormons" and you better not say anything bad about the church. Our home life was not happy and we were very poor. I had friends whose home lives were happy and there families were prosperous. At about the age of 14 I began to see the common denominator in my friends and their lives. It was the Church. I made my mind up then and there that I would follow that path. It still troubles me that my sister and I, the two oldest, I being the oldest, are the only ones in our immediate family who are committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and our lives and those of our children are happy and content, while those of our siblings have just been challenging to say the least. It runs far deeper than just hoping to be happy and prosperous. It is a contentedness that goes very deep. It is the joy that comes with knowing Heavenly Father has a Plan of Happiness, that He loves me and my family, and wants us to be happy. It is an inner joy that comes with serving our fellow man as the Savior would have us. It is the purpose of life and gives meaning to everything we do.

How I live my faith

I try very hard to live my faith by serving others. As a contractor, even though I am paid for what I do, I feel like my job is service oriented. I have developed skills and knowledge that allows me to be helpful to others both on and off the job. The Church has given me countless opportunities to serve with the young men in the church, to help them see the Plan of Happiness Heavenly Father has for us.