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Hi I'm Larry

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, running, kayaking, boating, throwing Frisbee, and as time permits I enjoy a round of golf. My wife and I enjoy travel. Much of our travel has been done with family, and we are grateful that circumstances have allowed for this. Throwing Frisbee with my sons on a warm beach, and playing with grandchildren, are favorite pass times. My profession has required frequent travel across North America. Time away from family has been difficult, but has always reminded me how precious my family is to me. My love and devotion to family and God have been determining factors in my conduct when we are apart, and has provided opportunities to share the values that make life meaningful.

Why I am a Mormon

Relying significantly upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, my wife Debbie and I have raised our six children in a setting where they have come to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, and have chosen to pattern their lives after his teachings. Our greatest happiness comes from watching them continue to embrace principles of Christlike living as adults. Five of our six are now raising families of their own, and we are confident that number 6 will soon follow in those footsteps. Knowing that they believe in, and trust the plan that our Heavenly Father has put in place for his children provides great comfort. I will ever be grateful for the influence the gospel of Jesus Christ has had upon my family. As a young man I had stirrings within that confirmed my faith and belief in my Heavenly Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. I was born with a speech impediment. I stuttered quite severely, and it caused me a lot of grief through my childhood, teen, and early adult years. While serving a mission in France I was struggling to speak the language I had learned, when I was led to seclude myself deep in a forest on the southern outskirts of Paris. There I called upon my Heavenly Father for help. My petitions were heard, and within a very short time stuttering all but left, and in time I came to speak the French language fluently. These gifts (freedom from stuttering, and the ability to communicate in French), continue with me today.

How I live my faith

As a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have been blessed to serve in many capacities. Service to family, Church, and community have been a tremendous blessing. Daily prayer and scripture study remind me who I am, a son of a living God, and remind me regularly of the privileges, opportunities and responsibilities that are mine because of the knowledge I possess.

Are Mormons Christians?

We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice, and grace, has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent. In September 1823, Joseph Smith was visited by a heavenly messenger named Moroni - the last of these ancient prophets to keep the record - in the same way that angels often appeared to Church leaders in the New Testament (see especially the book of Acts). The Angel Moroni informed Joseph that God had a work for him to do. Moroni told Joseph that a record of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent was buried in a nearby hill and that the record contained the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The book verifies, as another testament of Christ, the reality and divinity of Jesus Christ. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Bible contains prophecies about the people in the Book of Mormon (see Ezekiel 37:15-17, Isaiah 29:18). The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less