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Hi I'm John B. Larsen, Sr.

I am a husband, father, and grandfather with an ancestral legacy of devotion to the teachings of Jesus Christ. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into an active LDS family. Both of my parents were the product of a long line of ancestors who sacrificed their all to help establish and build up the cause of Zion. Their legacy of devotion and faithfulness to the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, were passed down from generation to generation. Thus this legacy became the foundation for my own identity, values, and purpose. While my daily life could be characterized as that of a typical middle-class American family man, my real purposes, dreams, goals, and priorities are centered on and consistent with the legacy long established by my ancestors -- the building up of the Kingdom of God upon the earth. I have often thought that I was born with a "believing spirit." While my childhood beliefs, values, and character were shaped by the teachings of my parents and grandparents, and by the numerous examples of distant ancestors, I can not remember a time when I did not believe and accept the teachings of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and of the Restoration of His Gospel to the earth. Decades of living Gospel principles have only served to strengthen my commitment and devotion to what I have always known, deep inside, to be true. My human frailties and the mistakes I have made over a lifetime continue to bear witness to me of truthfulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, for I know that there is no other way whereby Salvation can come, and I am deeply in need of His Grace and Mercy.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer to why I am a Mormon was given by Jesus' Apostle, Peter, as recorded in John 6: 67-68. "Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." Several times during my life I have pondered where I would go or what I would do, if I didn't have the full and complete Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have studied other teachings, belief systems, and philosophies enough to know that nothing else is as complete, as comprehensive, as consistent, or as promising or rewarding as is the Restored Gospel. It embarrasses every truth known to man, regardless of how or where it is found. It is the source and fulfillment of all my hopes and desires. More important to me than anything else is to be with my family, living in the presence of God, doing what He would have me do, for all of eternity. For me, this includes continued growth, development, purpose, and achievement. There is no other means, nor way, to achieve that except through the power, the grace, and the mercy of Jesus Christ, as offered by His Gospel and administered by the power of His Priesthood. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) I have read and studied all of the books of scripture and many of the philosophies of men, seeking earnestly to know the truth. I know what is truth. I know where it is found. I know the Book of Mormon is true, it contains the fullness of Jesus' Gospel. I also know that the young boy, Joseph Smith, was and is a prophet of the Living God. He saw the Father and the Son; he spoke with them; he asked them questions; and heard their answers. Further, I know that God has chosen a man on the earth today and has called him to be His representative, His mouthpiece to all the world, just as the prophets of old. I know Jesus Christ to be the Only Begotten Son of God, the Savior of all mankind.

How I live my faith

While I am a devoted Christian, I realize very well of my weaknesses and failures. These are a constant reminder to me of my indebtedness to the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Because I am forever in debt to Him, I do my best to repay, at least in part, what He has done for me. I do this by making myself available to serve others who are in need and also within the church organization. Some of the opportunities I have had include positions that were high profile and highly demanding, such as that of bishop. Others have been far less visible or time consuming, such as financial clerk. Nevertheless I have never served in any capacity where I did not feel the love, interest, and involvement of God in the lives of His children. I have received help, strength, energy, and inspiration to accomplish His work, every time I have sought it. My favorite service opportunity is that of being a missionary -- helping to share and spread the Gospel to those who are seeking truth, wherever it can be found. I have completed several full-time missions, and numerous part-time missions. These opportunities have presented themselves when I was a young boy living at home, when I was on active-duty in the military service of my country, when I was obtaining my advanced education, when we have lived in other countries, and when I served as a typical "Mormon Missionary" as a young adult. Through these and other service opportunities I have realized tremendous personal growth, development, refinement, and maturity. All of which have caused me to wonder what a hollow shell of a person I would be if I had not served the Lord and His children at each and every junction of my life, and thus been the recipient of His bounteous blessings. The Lord does not pay as others pay, but I know that it is impossible to get ahead of Him. We are eternally indebted to Him, no matter what we do or how we live.