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Hi I'm Larry Taylor

I have always been curious, was able to gain an education and became a scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been priviliged to live 69 years. In that time I've raised a family of five and now have fourteen grand children. My wife and I are approaching our 49th wedding anniversary this Christmas. When i was young I sailed the Pacific Ocean as a merchant marine cadet training to be an officer. I was fortunate to vist American Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Tailand, Viet Nam, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Japan and Korea. I met many interesting people and observed different customs. One thing I learned was that all people want to be happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a military family. My Dad served in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam and so I learned early that freedom isn't free. Although my family was mormon, they were not super active. So as a young child until my teenage years I attended church sporatically. I loved how I felt when I went to church and had some great friends at church. I also had a great Bishop who called me every Sunday morning to remind me that he wanted me at church. I started going every sunday, started reading the scriptures and praying daily. When I graduated from High School, I received an appointment to the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Since being a Mormon is not Catholic or Protestant, the Academy allowed the mormon cadets to go to church each Sunday from 0900 to noon. That's where I met the girl who would become my wife. Part of the 4 year training is 1 year at sea for practical training in operating the ship. That's when I visited the Pacific. In the Philippines, my ship held a party and provided food, clothing and toys to an Orphanage. It was great to see the smiles on the faces of these poor kids. I realized the wonderful life I had and decided that I would do everthing I could to help my fellow man. This fits into the principles of the gospel as taught in the mormon church. I received my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel while on board ship. You have alot of time to think when at sea. I was having a difficult time in my personal life and one night I spent the entire night praying and talking to my savior. I felt he was with me and we spoke as one man speaks to another. I felt so loved. After that experience I knew that Jesus loved me and was willing to help me. I've used that experience throughout my life when things were difficult. I know the mormon church is true, that Jesus is my savior, and that my Father In Heaven loves me. The Book of Mormon is true as is the Holy Bible. Read, search and pray and you can know it too.

How I live my faith

I love going to church. I go every week. I try to live the principles of the gospel at all times although I am human and make mistakes. The savior's atonement helps me recover each week as I take the sacrament in church. I try to be a good example by being kind and loving to my neighbors and those I work with. I assist with service projects when possible and love working at the cannery and Bishop's storehouse. There are many ways to help those in need. In the church we have callings given through divine authority. I serve as an instructor in my Priesthood Quorum and am also a Home Teacher. I visit three families in my Ward each month to teach them a gospel lesson and assist them as needed with family issues. I love my families.