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Hi I'm Larry Checkwood

I’m a father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

About Me

I was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1947, at the age of 10 our family moved to Tujunga, California a suburb of Los Angeles. I met my wife in Junior High and we dated in High School and were married after I graduated. We have four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Out of high school my father, brother and I started a metal furniture manufacturing company. There was a demand for another business location on the east coast after doing business with JC penny’s and other national furniture outlets. At the age of 23 with three young children we moved to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of forty two our last child was born. I am currently retired and reside in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia called Dacula. I contribute my success to a faithful and loving wife of 45 years.

Why I am a Mormon

With no religious background at the age of forty I had a discussion about religion with two friends. One of my friends had a tape from his pastor that came to the conclusion that the world was at the brink of Armageddon. I had no interest in the LDS church but asked my wife who had been a member when we were married how I could research the subject. I had just bought a computer and she referred me to some church software that could search the scriptures. I first looked in the scriptures for key words to find the locations of scriptures that spoke about the end of times. My research of the scriptures aroused me and found me reading passages, then chapters, and finally the complete Old and New Testaments. After studying I told my wife I was going to look at the Book of Mormon and if its teachings were not in harmony with the bible, I was going find a church that all of us could attend. My wife had a strong testimony and knew that if I compared the doctrine I would join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a blessing that has been to me and our family since I have been baptized.

How I live my faith

The best way I live my faith is by service and example. It is not easy to serve but the rewards from service have given me many blessings. For many years I could not share my beliefs with my mother. November 2010 she moved in with us from California. She has given us an opportunity to serve her. Before she moved in with us she was warned about the church. She was told that Mormons are not Christians and they are a cult. She was told not to listen because she would be deceived. At first she didn’t even want to go to church with us. Once she realized that we are normal people that live our religion she slowly got a testimony. She read the book of Mormon and couldn’t understand why she was told Mormons are not Christians. The example she witnessed from us, from close friends, and church members prompted her to get baptized. At eighty-seven we brought her to the water of baptism in a wheelchair after living with us for only four months. It has been a blessing to us and our family not only to have her live with us but to go to church with us every Sunday.