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Hi I'm Len

I was born and raised as a Lutheran but became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at age 21.

About Me

I was raised on a farm/ranch in Montana, the northern portion of our land was only ~5mi from the Canadian border. Our nearest neighbor was 5 mi away and the nearest two small towns were 30 mi. I went to a one-room country school for grades 1-8 and attended high school in a small town of ~300 people (total of ~ 50 attendees in grades 9-12). I obtained my bachelor's degree at an in-state University, where I met my wife. We enjoyed participating in various choral groups, including a select group of 12 voices with whom we performed for the U.S. troops in Germany on a USO tour in 1963 . I subsequently received a M.S. degree in Anatomy before attending medical school. I retired from medical practice in May 2009 having served as a radiation oncologist for 35.5 years after completing medical school, surgical internship and radiation oncology residency. My wife and I had 6 children, and enjoy spending time w our married kids/spouses/17 grandkids . We have continued to enjoy participating in vocal music (church choirs, family special music numbers in Sunday church services) and attending concerts and theatre productions. We also enjoy reading, taking walks and travelling.

Why I am a Mormon

I took the missionary lessons when I was a university student at the request of a fraternity member who went on a mission after receiving his 4-yr degree. We had roomed together in the fraternity house during my sophomore year and had both been active members of our respective faiths. Although I was happy in the Lutheran faith and was not searching for another religion, I honored his request and met with the LDS missionaries during my Jr year. The Holy Spirit touched me with the need for modern day prophets and apostles. My parents were not happy that I was considering baptism into another faith as we were a very active Lutheran family, and they had received some anti-Mormon pamphlets that suggested Mormons were not Christian. Accordingly, they asked that I refrain from baptism until I was age 21 and could consider my decision in more detail. When I returned to school that fall, I began attending the local Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and became a 'dry-Mormon'. After university graduation, I started graduate school in another state. I attended Sunday meetings at the local branch and received a calling as Sunday School chorister. When my baptism was announced following my 21st birthday, the congregation was surprised, as they assumed that I was already a member. My parents were surprised and honored that I had waited until age 21 to become a 'baptized' member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have been actively involved in branch/ward and stake activities/meetings since my baptism in November 1964. This has included serving as Sunday School teacher (youth, adults), ward music chair and choir director and in leadership callings in both ward (Young Men's Presidency, Sunday School Presidency, men's priesthood organizations, Bishop) and stake (counselor in Stake Presidency). My wife and I will soon leave home to serve a 12-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.