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Hi I'm Larry

I am from Papillion, Nebraska and I grew up on a farm in Southeastern Nebraska and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Larry and I live in the Omaha, Nebraska area. My wife and I have four children -- two boys and two girls. I am a former computer programmer, but now I help homeowners with home improvements on the outside of their house -- siding, windows and guttering. We are native Nebraskans and our immediate family live nearby. My wife is a school teacher and loves the children. We now have seven grandchildren and we love being with them. I love to garden and we are maintaining food storage as well. Once a month I volunteer as a truck driver to deliver food to the needy in the Nebraska-Iowa area for the church and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife and I had been married five years and we lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. We were active in another church, but didn't feel completely comfortable there. Some of the principals taught didn't sit well with us. One evening in the fall of 1977; two Elders (Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) knocked on our door. I let them in, but quickly explained to them that the Book of Mormon that they believed in was not what I believed. I also said that I hadn't read it. The missionaries returned later with a copy of the Book of Mormon. They asked us to read excerpts and to pray about it. We agreed to do that. Several weeks had past and my wife and I agreed to read the sections privately and pray private so we would not influence each other. I approached my wife on day and asked her if she had read the sections -- she had. She then asked me if I had and I had. I then asked her if she had prayed about it and she had. She asked me if I had prayed about the Book of Mormon and I had done so. The next big questions was, "What do you think?" She immediately said, "No, what do you think?". I responded that I think the book is true (Inspired of God). She also felt the same way. We wondered what we would do as we didn't expect this to happen. We continued to see the Missionaries and told a lot of people we were thinking about joining the Mormon Church. The missionaries were able to answer are questions. We joined the church in March of 1978. We have been actively involved ever since and we love it.

How I live my faith

My wife and I as well as my family are actively involved in the church. I has become a big part of our lives. I help with a men's group to teach them and lead them in their visitations to other members. We try to visit the sick nearly every week. Once a month I drive a truck for the Church's food warehouse to deliver food to those in need. I visit a widow at least once a month and provide help to her with handyman type things around the home. We often give blessings (by the laying on of hands) to the sick or otherwise afflicted-- calling on the powers in heaven to help those in need. I pray daily with my wife and read scriptures with her regularly. I often have the opportunity to share my belief with those that may not know my beliefs. I always look forward to those opportunities. I love the church and the opportunity it gives me to become closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Larry
Those who call the Mormonism a cult I believe do not truly understand the principals of the church nor have they really studied the origins of our beliefs in depth. I prayed about the Church and really got answers from Heavenly Father to solidify my belief in the church. As I embraced the Church, I was able to become stronger in my belief of the Church as the doctrine became clearer. All the principals and docrine rang true to me. Show more Show less