About Jamie Larsen
This is my first attempt to create a blog for me and my family. My name is Jamie Larsen. I am originally from Orem, Ut. I have had an interesting life from the time I was born. I was the fifth child of seven. Born 5 weeks weighing in at 5 pounds, I was the largest of the premature babies. As most of us from Orem, UT, I was born to a family that believed in Jesus Christ. I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint (The Mormon) religion. My Parents were faithful in the church and we went to church every week.
I think that I grew up as a fairly normal child. My dad owned his own business and worked a lot. My mom was the stay at home. Her life was our lives. We took family vacations (typically to Disneyland) every year. We also grew up skiing. Skiing was always my favorite winter activity.
I grew up in the same house most of my life. Our house was located in a secluded private park area. We had a great park where we played sports in the summer and went sledding in the winter. I wasn’t the most athletic kid out there, but I liked to play sports for fun (not competitively). With my mom being from Southern California, my family decided to get a in ground swimming pool when I was younger. I remember saving our pennies in a jar to help save up for the pool. We all loved having it and always had people over to enjoy it with us.
I never really thought about religion while growing up. It was just something we did. All of my neighbors and friends went to church, so I did as well. When I turned 15, I really started thinking about it more and more. Did I want to continue going and if I did, I needed to find out if I believed it or if I just went because of my parents. I had some great friends that helped me understand what I needed to do. Most of my family members had stopped going to church and I wasn’t sure what I wanted. I decided to pray for guidance to help me make a decision and to find out if the church was true.
I studied the scriptures a lot and one night I remember deciding to kneel down and ask heavenly father if the Book of Mormon was true. While I knelt there talking to him, I felt his spirit touch me in a way that I hadn’t ever felt before. At that moment, my testimony began. I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church.
I knew at this point that this was for me and I knew what I had to do. I continued to live my life as a member of the church and continue it today. I had the great opportunity be a missionary for the church. I served my mission in the Norway, Oslo Mission. I lived there for 2 years teaching the people in Norway about Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation. It was a wonderful (and very difficult) thing to do. I learned and grew so much within those two years. I love and miss the people that I had the chance to meet and pray for them everyday.
Since then I met my beautiful wife Kaylene Meldrum. We were married on August 15th 1998. We lived in Utah for about 4 years while I went to school. While there we had the opportunity to have my two nieces and nephew live with us for a year. At the time they were 8, 6 & 4. We learned then how it would be to be a parent. Things were challenging at times (going from 0 kids to 3 all of a sudden), but we fell in love with them. They went back to live with their dad and a day doesn’t go by that we don’t think about them.
We then had the opportunity to transfer out to the Netherlands with my company. I worked for Nu Skin as a web developer. We were building a web team out there so that the European countries could manage their own websites. We were there for 2 years.
We are currently living in Michigan (where Kaylene grew up). I work for a small web firm in Ann Arbor and enjoy what I do. We have two sweet boys. They are very active, but we love them very much. The thing that I love most of all is when they put their arms around me and tell me that they love me too. I am grateful to be a husband and a father and consider my self blessed to have them.
That is me in a nutshell…