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.
Sister Kacher is a Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University. Writing of her,
one student opined, "Sister Kacher is the best teacher on BYU campus."
Another stated, "Pauline is an excellent teacher. She really wants people to
learn and is willing to help you whenever you have any questions. She prepares you well for movement
tests, but you have to be anxiously engaged in the first place. Don't take a Modern class from her
unless you really want to be there; but if you DO, you'll thoroughly enjoy it!"
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
No matter where the family has lived, Elder Kacher has been involved in Church
service. Prior to being sustained on April 5, 2014 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.