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Hi I'm Lawrence

I am a father of three, a scientist, an outdoor enthusiast, and a public school principal.

About Me

In high school and and college I was an avid wrestler and sports nut. I love to mountain bike and run. I also love to backpack and portage canoe with my two boys to isolated destinations. I am most comfortable in the beauty of nature. That being said, one of the highlights of my life was serving a two year mission in urban Montreal. The diversity and language of that great city is fascinating. There is nothing quite like a fresh baguette, hot off the fire at any of the amazing French bakeries in the city. Coming to know and love the people of Quebec was one of the defining experiences of my life. I love my job as an educator. I taught high school science for twenty two years before becoming an administrator. Working with young people is so fulfilling - they are also ways so candid and honest, and eager to learn when the conditions are right. I has been my passion as an educator to create those optimal conditions.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught much about the gospel of Jesus Christ in another Christian church when I was a young boy. My parents were remarkable people, raising 12 children with energy and compassion. They taught me much about good clean Christian living. But as a science major in college, I started to question some of the truths I had been taught. I appreciated the good friends on my college wrestling team and attended many different churches with them, looking for answers to my questions. During my quest, I became acquainted with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was impressed by the calm assurance that so many of the members had. I learned that the Church encouraged it's members to seek answers to their questions by study and prayer. I received answers to my questions by following that pattern. Through study, prayer and experience, I have gained a conviction that Jesus is the Christ, and that when I have questions, I can go to my Heavenly Father to seek guidance and answers. Learning and experiencing this pattern has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

I am currently the Bishop (lead pastor) of my ward. As all Bishops, I am not paid. I perform my duties of organizing, counseling and administrating the affairs of our unit of the church during Sunday and other days of the week after my normal work hours. It is gratifying to meet individually with members of the church and hear about their successes and struggles and provide counsel as needed. One of the areas I most appreciate is the work I get to do with the youth. I attend dances, campouts, conferences and lots of other events and activities with them. I will serve at the Bishop for approximately 5 years and then another will take over the position.