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Hi I'm Lawrence

I'm a Retired US Navy Officer, I'm a Father, I'm a Husband, and I'm a 6th generation Mormon.

About Me

I am father of three boys. My wife and I enjoy spending time with them. One of our boys holds the Melchizedek priesthood. Two of our boys holds the Aaronic priesthood. One of our boys plays trumpet in the school band. One of our boys earned a black belt in tae kwon do. Two of our boys are in boy scouts. All of our boys like classic cars. We enjoy working together on our 1951 Chevy 3600 truck.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ is my Saviour and Redeemer and I know that I can receive all of the blessings and ordinances that are necessary for salvation and exaltation by authority of the priesthood as restored through Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

I strive to pray always and study the scriptures daily. I try to help people whenever I see an opportunity.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Lawrence
For the convenience of members and leaders in the church, we divide the church into congregations. Small congregations are called branches, large congregations are called wards. A ward can be thought of as a neighborhood or county level organization, depending on how many members are in the neighborhood or county. A stake is a group of about 10 congregations which may be either wards or branches or both. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Lawrence
God's church has existed wherever and whenever he organized it. The Mormon church was first established in the state of New York in 1830 as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Over the 10 years prior to the official organization of the church, Joseph Smith was prepared to be its first prophet. He was guided by angels and other heavenly messengers to find and translate the Book of Mormon, to receive the Priesthood and to learn how the church should function. Show more Show less