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Hi I'm Larry Andrew

I grew up in Arkansas and worked as an educational consultant. I'm now retired in Texas and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to teach and owned an educational consulting firm for many years. I enjoy technology and have been involved with it since the late 1970's. I'm amazed at the ability to have so much information at your fingertips. I also love fishing and gardening. Since moving to Texas, I've enjoyed building some raised garden beds out of cinder blocks. There's nothing better than fresh vegetables! My wife and I have three children and five grandchildren. We have been married over 40 years. We love the time we have with our family, friends and also enjoy swimming.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was very actively engaged in leadership positions of the church during my entire youth. I would see him travel thousands of miles each year and meet with many, many people. He did all this on his own time and at his own expense. He never complained or grew tired of helping others. Many times I asked myself, why would someone spend so much time and energy in a church where he gave his time, talents and resources without charge... and was very happy to do so. There had to be a reason. I also watched my mother work in genealogy for over 50 years. She researched and found thousands of her family all the way back to the 1600's. She was even able to read the old Swedish records, although she was born and raised in America. Her mother, who was born in Sweden, couldn't even read those same records. I would listen to some of the stories she related as she worked to learn more about her family. She had experience after experience that helped her always trace her roots back further and further. I was truly amazed at all she did. However, growing up I was the only member of my church in almost every school I attended. At some point, I had to figure out for myself just what I thought about the church. My parents had found something and I needed to find out myself. One day, I decided to read the Book of Mormon completely by myself because I wanted to... not because someone was pushing or asking me to read it. I did read the book. There is a promise at the end of the book, which says that if you pray and ask about the truth of the book, it will be manifested to you by the power of the Holy Ghost. I sincerely prayed about what I was reading. I learned for myself and knew without a doubt that the teachings of the church were true, that Jesus really was the Christ and that his church had once again been restored upon the earth. I consider my church membership one of the greatest blessings in my life.

How I live my faith

I have a wonderful opportunity in my church to continue teaching, which I love to do. I teach about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how to be actively engaged in living and sharing the wonderful message of the restoration with our friends and neighbors. I think it is vital that everyone understands the role Jesus Christ plays as our Savior and Redeemer. Many people don't realize that the full name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". Christ is the focus of all that we do or try to do. I love talking about Christ, teaching about Christ and sharing my personal feeling about Christ. He's the greatest blessing that has ever been given to us. I also have a chance to go out with the full time missionaries (those young men in white shirts and ties) and teach about our beliefs, values and doctrine. I love sharing our beliefs about where we came from, why we are here and what will happen after this life. As we talk about these important questions, I love to discuss how Christ has helped in every aspect of our lives... before we came to earth, now and in the future. It's a great blessing to see many people of faith that also believe many of the same things we do. They just haven't had the opportunity to talk with someone who is an active, invovled member of our church. I like to think that we try to add to what they already know and believe.