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Hi I'm Larry

I help people improve their jobs, education or business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Burbank, California surfing, playing trombone and softball. My company transferred me from California to Utah in 1984. My wife and I have six children and eight grandchildren. They provide meaning and accomplishment to our lives. I've spent my career (33 years) helping people find greater satisfaction and earn more money by improving either their jobs or their businesses. I love seeing people's lives change as they set about to do something and succeed. We also started helping people find scholarships to go back to school ten years ago. I went back to school at age 55 to earn my Master of Public Administration. It has been a challenge and reward.

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I found out for myself that it was true at age 14. I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. I thought a lot about what it said because if what Joseph Smith taught wasn't true, I was a fool for following his teachings. On the other hand, if Joseph Smith was a prophet, then I was fool if I did not follow his teachings. After reading and pondering the message of the Book of Mormon, I prayed to know if it was true. The Holy Ghost bore a powerful witness to my soul that it was true. He reconfirmed that witness multiple times thorughout my life. I studied, pondered and prayed about so many other principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I testify that God is the father of our spirits. Jesus Christ is His son. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. I accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior and acknowledge that his grace saves us. I follow his commandments because I love Him. I witness that God restored the power and authority through Joseph Smith to baptise, give the Holy Ghost, and be sealed together as families forever. I recognize that for many this kind of absolute knowledge is hard to accept. I invite you to do what I did. Study the Book of Mormon and other teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; thnk about them deeply. Then, ask God the Eternal Father, in the name of His son Jesus Christ, if they are true. I know he answers sincere prayers. He did it for me and millions of others. I know He will do it for you too.

How I live my faith

How does one describe living one's faith. Do I describe talking to God as I wake up, as I drive in my car, with my family as we start the day or close the day? Do I talk about how much joy I find hearing His still, small voice in my soul? How my heart swells as I sing praises to Him? Do I tell about serving my fellow man, because Christ said "in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." That sounds pretty zealous, but I'm reallly rather practical about my faith. I try to find something each day to make someone else's life a little better. I spend every Monday night with whatever part of family is close. At our age, it's usually just my wife and me. We sing a song. We read an article about something that touches us. We discuss gospel principles, but also play games. We end each night with prayer as a family. We read the scriptures together every evening. In addition, I listen to the scriptures a little bit each day as I commute. We hallow the Sabbath (Sunday) by attending our Church meetings. We also visit a widow regularly who live in our neighborhood to see that she is doing all right. My wife and I go to the temple often. My grandparents and parents taught me to love the temple. I taught my children the same. I love going to the temple. The world, with all its cares and troubles, dissappears for awhile. I revel in the quiet, reverent sanctuary of the Lord's house. I find great satisfaction living my faith. It's not just a go-to-church on Sunday faith. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ, in its fullness, is a full-time lifestyle that brings me great happiness and fulfillment.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Larry
The Church's stance on abortion confuses many people. We hold the value of life to be sacred. Human bodies house a spirit that is a son or daughter of God, the Eternal Father. God commanded us to "multiply and replenish the earth." He restated that through living prophets today. So, we deplore the taking of life. On the other hand, we believe that God paid a great price (the death of His only begotten Son) to preserve agency. Agency is the right to choose. Therefore, we rcognize abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at stake. I percieve these situations to be when the mother was not allowed to exercise her agency to choose or when one life will be taken to let another live. We do not, however, believe that if a women chooses to have relations that result in pregnancy, that she should abort the child. One can face Church discipline for aborting a child except in the reasons I listed in this paragraph. We recognize that the choice to abort a life is very difficult in any case. I had a very good friend who faced a very difficult choice. She was 2 months pregnant when she was diagnosed with cancer. The treatment for cancer would have killed her child. Not having the treatment before the child was born would kill her. She chose to carry the child to full term. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She also died 3 month later. She mourned not being able to raise her baby girl, but rejoiced that her sacrifice allowed that girl to live. Show more Show less