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True conversion propelled new Seventy

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As a young man growing up in Tucson, Ariz., Larry R. Lawrence was the oldest of three brothers in a family that were not Mormons. He had many friends who would invite him to participate in church activities, but he always had to decline because of his parents' wishes. Still, he noticed something was different about Latter-day Saints.

"I remember thinking to myself that someday I would look into it more seriously when I had more agency of my own."

For Elder Lawrence, who was sustained as a member of the Seventy during the April 2010 general conference, that day came years later when he was in medical school at the University of Arizona. He got a job working at a lab where one of his co-workers was a Latter-day Saint and another co-worker had a sister who had recently been baptized. As they worked, conversations about the LDS Church frequently came up.

"I remembered the good examples set by my LDS friends," Elder Lawrence said. "I decided that now was the time to learn more."See the full story on ldschurchnews.com.

This story is provided by the LDS Church News, an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is produced weekly by the Deseret News.