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Hi I'm Larry

I was born in the USA. I am a retired police officer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the same wonderful woman for 47 years. We have 10 children, 5 girls & 5 boys who are all grown and married with children of their own. We have 39 grandchildren so far. We haven't any great grandchildren yet, but we are looking forward to that experience. Several of our grandchildren have been adopted which has expanded our family to include several other nationalities and races. When I explained this to a group of young children I was teaching at church one of them said, "That makes your family just like Heavenly Father's family". I agree. I am a better person because I have been "Grampa" to each one. I love to sing and play several instruments including bagpipes. I love learning about my Scottish & Scots/Irish ancestry. I am very grateful for my ancestors and all the hardships that they experienced that made my life what it is.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both Mormon, but they didn't go to church. I wasn't baptized until I was older than the age most Mormons are baptized. I was the only Mormon in my school. When I was 14 my friends started asking me what Mormons believed. I knew more about my friends' Catholic & Protestant beliefs than I knew about what Mormons believed. When I asked my older brother he handed me the Book of Mormon. After reading it I prayed to my Heavenly Father and asked in the name of Jesus Christ if the Book of Mormon was true. I received an unmistakable assurance that it was. When I told my parents that I really wanted to go to church they drove me there every week. The closest Mormon church was 20 miles away. My parents still didn't go in, but they wanted me to go to church enough to drive me every week. I remember a well meaning member approached my Dad as he was dropping me off for church and invited him to stay for the meeting. My Dad had a quick reply. "Why brother, I go to church twice as much as you do!"

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a youth teacher with my wife in our local congregation. I also sing in the choir and occasionally will sing solo. I often lead the music for congregational singing. Our congregation is blessed with several very musically talented people so we are able to involve a lot of different people. Because they may only be involved with the music once a month they are able to serve in other ways as well. Our congregations are totally managed by the local members who volunteer their time to serve others. I also serve on the committee that supports the local Boy Scouts of America troop.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is very personal to me. Everything that I have been able to learn from the Bible and the Book of Mormon about what happened and why the Atonement had to occur has made the Atonement much more meaningful to me. I start to comprehend that what He suffered in Gethsemane and on the cross was for me. When I ponder the Atonement, each week as I take the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, I come closest to realizing what it makes possible, I feel His love, and I desire to be more like Him. Show more Show less