LDS Church News

Elder Larry S. Kacher: Recognized a greater power

By Marianne Holman Prescott

LDS Church News

Published: Monday, April 14 2014 3:25 p.m. MDT

Elder Larry S. Kacher and Sister Pauline M. Kacher pose for a photo in Salt Lake City, Monday, April 7, 2014.

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After many promptings during his early adult years, Elder Larry S. Kacher began to recognize a greater power guiding him in his life. At age 19, sensitivity to the Spirit led him to the gospel of Jesus Christ — a change that has made all the difference in his life.

He was born February 12, 1952, to Albert and Elaine Kacher, the second oldest of five children; he grew up in Bloomington, Minn.

After high school he went to Europe to ski, and after more than half a year there he felt he needed to return home. Once home, he felt like he needed to go somewhere else, but didn’t know where. A childhood friend planned to move to Utah where his sister — who had recently joined the Church — lived; Elder Kacher decided to move with him. While there, he enrolled at Brigham Young University, learned about the Church and was baptized.

“As the missionaries taught us, I felt it was true,” he said. “As I prayed, I felt that the Church was true.”

He decided to serve a mission and was called to the Tahiti Papeete Mission in 1973. After returning home he went back to school at BYU, where he met Pauline Miller; they were married in the Manti Utah Temple on October 29, 1976. Parents of six children, they have 11 grandchildren.

Elder Kacher earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s degree in organizational behavior — both from BYU. His career involved consulting to large companies nationally and internationally.

No matter where the family has lived, Elder Kacher has been involved in Church service. Prior to being sustained on April 5 as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Kacher served as an elders quorum president, branch president, bishop and stake president’s counselor. He presided over the Switzerland Geneva Mission from 2000-2003. A few years after his return from Switzerland, his work took him to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he was called to serve as the first Area Seventy in the Middle East.

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