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Hi I'm Larry Smith

Growing up I was a bad kid. College added drugs. Married & divorced. Then an LDS family. I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

Quiet kid with lots of problems. More problems in college. Marriage & Divorce. Couldn't do anything right; except drink and do drugs. A caring family took me in...detox, rehab, counseling, med. drugs. No family & pretty messed up. An LDS family cared about me. Took me in and introduced me to the church. They don't really believe all that? The missionaries came and taught me lessons...thought I knew it all.l These were kids younger than me. They told me things about why I am here. I listened and got baptised. Single and alone, I had hard times with the old me. Still had probs with drugs, alcohol and sex. 36 years later I tried the missionaries again. This time really listening; something felt warm inside of me. I've never felt anything like it. I was baptised and remained in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I have the family that originally reached out to me, and we keep in touch frequently. Not enough can be said about reading the Scriptures. I have read the Book of Mormon 2 times. There is hope and peace within those pages. I look like any other 63 year old, but I know this church is true. I see so many members who talk the talk AND walk the walk. I like to believe I am one of them. Sure I still have my tatoos as a reminder of where I was. The piercings are gone and have grown over. I am so happy to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is the true church and the only one with the restored gospel of which I not only believe it but live it. I feel the safety and love of my fellow brothers and sisters who are here help each other. A member of the church made a comment that he was packed up and ready to move in a larger home. It was announced and so many church members showed up with trucks, trailers, what's needed to move into a larger home. I was there and it felt so good; not just to me, but all those who showed up to help. Service to others is a big part of the church. Plus, we made the move in 1 trip. Elbow to elbow and doing what is right is the best way to sum it up. Heavenly father loves everyone, and we are his children. I am a Mormon because it is the right thing to do with a Heavenly Father who gave his only Son for all humanity. It is a gift but we must reach out to receive it, and then you can walk the walk and talk the talk.

How I live my faith

I fell again, but this time there was the family; to hold me up and even liked me. I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It makes sense now. Sure I have felt like giving up, but there was always somone from Church to hold me up. I studied and read the Scriptures. It wasn't easy but now I am somebody. Heavenly father loves me. It is real. He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins. I really am a real person, and the church means a lot to me. I am happy to attend services, to pray, and to be around other LDSers. It feels so good to attend church services, even with other singles. Now I am not alone. When I'm down, I turn to Jesus, Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. I do not drink alcohol; neither have I used drugs or alcohol to make me feel better. I do not need them. I am strong and have the help I need. I live alone and enjoy my life. In church I am happy to be the webmaster for our ward. I sing in the choir...really ME! It feels good to help others. If I hadn't had that family so many years ago who started me on my journey, I would be dead...suicide, shooting, overdose, and everything that I used to do now is in my past. The drinking, smoking, shooting up and being stupid are gone. I joined the church 7 years ago. Now I am 63 years old. I haven't wasted my life.