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Hi I'm Larry.

Raised in Indiana, served in the U.S. Navy, graduated college in Arizona, and began teaching in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a former Middle School Teacher, a nature-enthusiast, and a hiker. I love all the arts, and nearly all types of music. I spend a lot of time at my computer, keeping up with current events, learning more about unfamiliar topics, and corresponding with my many relatives and friends. I'm from a very large family, being the last born of eleven children. All eleven of us kids were raised as Christians. My beloved mother often talked aloud to "Sweet Jesus". I am so very grateful to her for being such a wonderful Christian example! I have four children of my own, now. They're all grown, and none are married yet. One is in PA, one is in VA, and two are in CA. My wife and I enjoy reading to one another from nonfiction books, and from the holy scriptures. We have many good friends here in Central Arizona.

Why I am a Mormon

The first four years of my teaching career were spent in California. As a single man, I lived in an apartment all four of those years. I developed a lifestyle and some habits/addictions that my mom would not have liked. Shortly after moving into a new apartment, I met another young man who lived in the apartment right next to mine. He was always cheerful and friendly, so I invited him and his buddy to my place for table games. His roommate declined, but Frank accepted. I came to admire him for many reasons. Although I was acting and speaking coarsely, and indulging in things I ought not, Frank didn't criticize me. I eventually felt compelled to ask him why he didn't seem to have any bad habits. He told me that he was simply raised differently than I apparently was. "And how were you raised?", I asked. "As a Mormon", he replied. "Oh", said I, "You're a conscientious objector then, right?" "Oh, no! In fact we believe that the Constitution of the United States is a document inspired of God, and that it must be protected." Being very patriotic myself, I asked him to take me to church with him some day. Soon, he did. It TOTALLY changed my life and my view of life. I read, I studied, and I prayed, about the Book of Mormon and its translator, Joseph Smith. I accepted all of the challenges the LDS Missionaries presented me, and concented to be baptized. Before my commitment to Christ, I thought I was happy. In retrospect, I was viewing the world with very different eyes; worldly eyes. Life has continued to have its trials, disappointments, and even tragedies, but I now have peace and confidence and true joy in my life. I am eternally grateful to my Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, for bringing me into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I want to spend the rest of my life showing my appreciation to them by keeping all the commandments; for I know that they truly are commandments of love, not of severity or harshness.

How I live my faith

I want to be like Jesus in serving all of Heavenly Father's children, whoever and wherever they be. This Church helps me do this in many ways. I am presently called to serve four families in the Home Teaching program of the Church. I visit them and teach them all at least monthly; encouraging them to "stay on The Lords's Side". I keep in close contact with them in order to provide for their needs. Some needs are physical, some material, some temporal, some spiritual. I welcome every opportunity to assist and support all the members of these four families. My time in the Church has found me performing a variety of tasks calculated to serve and honor The Master, Jesus Christ. I try my best to live my faith by being of good cheer as a neighbor, a friend, a citizen. I want to help or at least uplift everyone I can. I try to be as positive about everything as I possibly can, including withholding criticism and trying to find the good in others. I want to understand others and show them compassion rather than criticism. How I love my new life! I'm a Mormon!