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Hi I'm Larry Winward.

I'm a husband, father, grandfather and runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The best decision I made in this life was to marry my wife. She is so giving and loving. Don't get me wrong, she is no push over. She has strong ideas and that is what helps to make our marriage fun and interesting. We have been married for 45 years, have four children and ten grandchildren. I feel such a strong love for my wife, all of our children, their spouses and our grandchildren. I also love serving in our church and spend upwards of 20 hours a week volunteering and counseling youth and adults about life's challenges. My other love is running and staying fit. I race the 1500 meters in the Senior Olympics and am about six seconds off of the Arizona record for my age group. Six days a week during the early morning hours you will find me involved for an hour or more in some type of physical activity. Afterwards, I will study the scriptures, for which i am so grateful. They provide such strong guidance and direction. Then I am off to work. Can't imagine retiring any time soon. I have too much energy and too many ideas to explore.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have absolute assurance this Church is God's restored Church in these latter days. I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area with few Mormon friends in my large high school. Therefore my beliefs and ideas were often challenged by friends and acquaintances not of my faith. Most L.D.S. young men at the age of 19 serve missions. I told my friends I would not do so because it was the thing to do. I would serve a mission when I knew the Church was from God and true. At 19 I decided it was time to put forth the effort to discover for myself if the things my parents and Church leaders had taught me were really true. I dedicated weeks--actually several months, studying the scriptures and especially focusing on the Book of Mormon. As a youth I was taught about a promise made by a prophet on the American Continent about 400 years after the birth of Christ. It reads as follows: "Behold I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. "And when ye shall receive these things, i would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if you shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. "And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I applied this test, and received my answer. That is how I know these things are really true. Anyone else can apply this same test. I believe that is why so many people are accepting the Church as theirs. They have found out for themselves it is really true. For it is.

How I live my faith

As mentioned previously, I often spend upwards of 20 hours or more each week volunteering and serving youth and adults as they encounter life's struggles. In our Church everyone who is able is asked to serve in some capacity. I recently serve as Bishop of a ward, and ours is composed of about 325 people in less than a one square mile area. Half of our ward is quite transient, composed of apartment buildings, condos and some halfway and recovery houses. Our ward leaders and myself often make visits as we minister to members and others not of our faith who need support and guidance. I have seen the devastating affect of addiction on peoples' lives and how one individual unfortunately can influence friends and family negatively. I have also been blessed to assist some choice souls who made the decision to change their lives, and after much struggle and effort, broke through the addictive cycle to true freedom. There is not much else sweeter than feeling the appreciation of others who were considered lost and then were found. This is all possible because of the amazing atonement offered by our Savior Jesus Christ, whom I love. I also love serving others and being part of that process.