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Hi I'm Lance Littlejohn

I'm a Californian. Together my brother and I owned our Sports Souvenir Distributor Business for 28 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports: playing them (Snow Skiing, Golf, Tennis, Body Surfing...), watching them, even selling souvenirs of them. I love the challenge that has come from building a business with my brother and our friends. It was quite a run - 28 years and about 140 employees at our peak. When we started we had to do everything and it was a lot of fun figuring it out, motivating our employees, sharing in the rewards, watching people realize that they could do things they never dreamed of. It was also tough when our business failed, and we lost everything we had built. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Would I do some things differently? Of course. I love being a dad and a grandfather - our children are all grown now, married and some have children. It is great seeing them go through the same process that my amazing wife and I started about 34 years ago. It is so much fun playing with our grandchildren like we played with our kids. It is wonderful to watch as our children become caring parents and also struggle with and overcome the challenges that life brings.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother grew up as a Mormon. My dad was not. After my dad passed away when I was 7, my mom married a great man who was also not Mormon. My mom was widowed 3 times and I have brothers and sisters from each marriage. As I grew up I needed to decide if I believed in my faith and how I wanted to live my life. When I was 16 I finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. I asked God if this was his word and he answered me - with a message to my mind - reminding me that every time I read the Book of Mormon I felt peace and that it was true. There have been a number of times in my life when I have needed answers to prayers and I received them - not always in the same way and not always when I wanted the answers. Sometimes the answers have not been what I wanted to hear, but it was what I needed. I'm a Mormon because when I worship with other Mormons I feel the power of God. These people help me to turn to Christ and try to follow him. They give me the courage to keep trying when it gets tough. When I read the scriptures I feel closer to God and when I consider the best that is in my life, the gospel of Jesus Christ is at the very center.

How I live my faith

Right now I teach a religious class to the High School Youth of our faith for our congregation before school starts each weekday morning. We start at 6:15 am and go for about 45 minutes before they head off to school. During High School our students will study the New and Old Testaments of the Bible, The Book of Mormon and Other Scriptures of our church - The Doctrine & Covenants, along with church history. I learn so much from them as we talk about growing our faith, striving to be obedient to God's law, accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ through his Atonement and repenting of our sins. It is hard to stay focused at times that early in the morning, but our youth are incredible and faithful. I love the chance in our church to serve in so many different ways. Here are some of the ways the church has given me a chance to serve others of our faith: as a Bishop of our congregation, as an Addiction Recovery Missionary to help others get out of the trap of addictions, serve as a missionary for 2 years in Argentina, and serve as a teacher with all kinds of classes. I love the opportunities to go serve other people outside our faith through the various activities that are organized: painting an Elementary School, building raised beds for vegetable gardens at youth homes, painting fences of parks, helping elderly neighbors in their yard, stripping people's homes down to the studs after a massive flood, building trails in State Parks... These activities remind me of how fortunate I am and how much joy comes from helping others.