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Hi I'm Larry Cragun

I retired from a career in real estate & mortgages. Kathleen and I are now serving a family history mission in Salt Lake City.

About Me

Last November Kathleen and I retired from a career in real estate and mortgages. We have been called to Salt Lake City to serve at Church Headquarters on a Family History mission. We are both assigned in the World Wide Support Zone. Lots of questions on genealogy come in each day, our zone is resonsible to provide answers and support. I love doing genealogy research and we love being here. We are learning a lot. I am writing a blog about what I learn and about my genealogy. You can find it at: http://bit.ly/fromMormonorgtomysite I have been a life long sports nut. Go Mariners, Seahawks, and Sonics - oops. I like to brag to my grandkids how I accomplished an unassisted triple play in fast pitch softball, bowled in the college world series, and could strike out two batters at once throwing two baseballs at once. That was a trick I learned from the once famous and still active The King and His Court. I also had 11 strikes in one game 5 times, close but no 300. It's fun having lots of grandchildren, which we do, and it has been great watching our children and grandchildren grow up. Being a Mormon has provided a great foundation for helping them with their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home in Pocatello, Idaho. Then, it was about half members of our church. As a youth I made the decision then to try and live this religion. I count myself as fortunate for this beginning as I am not sure how open minded I would have been to an invite to learn. Recently my wife and I have been reading the New Testament on my iPad. There is an ap titled LDS Scriptures which has a feature of them being read to you. It's my favorite way of reading the scriptures, following along with this awesome reader. I've been amazed at how much doctrine in the New Testament I have only found in the Latter Day Saint religion. I have a testimony that this is The Church with the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To me being a Mormon is living a life and a religion of hope and peace. My son Michaels death in a car accident brought that front and center to me. It's still painful, yet I know I can be with him again. I count on that with all my family. The practical blessings of the teachings are one good thing. Another is seeing the great results living the gospel had on the lives of our children and grand children.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by accepting the challenge of living the commandments and accepting the callings to serve as our leaders ask of me. So much good comes from living the commandments. They are a blessing not a burden. Each of the callings to serve: from the most recent as Sunday School nursery leader to being a Bishop were ones I would not have asked for yet were opportunities to grow and be blessed. Being part of a local Ward is like having a large family. as a member of a Ward I find great fulfillment. This is not a Church of perfect people, it is a church helping people to become better.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Larry Cragun
I can answer this with the experience of a former Mormon Bishop. I served for 5 years in this calling. The church treats these as the Lords trusted funds. Bishops are accountable for the careful collection of Tithing. No one person handles the donations alone. There is a very thorough audit system. Tithing is not an easy commandment for all members to live. It is a journey of faith for many. The promise in the scriptures that tells us God will pour out the windows of heaven are sometimes fulfilled by pouring out wisdom and sometimes fulfilled by temporal blessings. Like all of Gods commandments, the paying of tithing turns out to be a blessing. Tithing is used for the construction of chapels, temples, and other church buildings. It is used for our genealogy system. Members and non members alike use this world wide. It is used for missionary program, except for the expenses of the missionaries. Most of our missionaries are using funds they saved, some by their families. As a bishop I saw a couple donate secretly to pay for the mission of one unable to fund himself. Many members donate a small amount monthly to the missionary fund. Tithing is used for operating the church. With no paid ministry and thousands of volunteer seniors and older couples serving missions in areas of their skills the church truly is walking the walk of managing the tithing donations as they truly are, "The Lords Trusted Funds." Show more Show less