Hi I'm Kevin Nielsen
I am a father of 2 wonderful children, a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. Both were NICU babies, born three and four months before their due dates respectively. I am so grateful for modern medical technology that kept them alive and for the wonderful nurses and doctors who nurtured my little angels. My oldest has cerebral palsy and needs a lot of assistance to get around. I have learned so much about caring for a child with special needs. I am constantly amazed at her patience and the joy she finds in the little things in life. I am a process improvement professional and love to find a more efficient way to do business and save money. I love to play sports, ski, swim and be out in nature. I am a student of history and cultures, especially ancient American Mayans and Aztecs and European history starting with the Greeks and Romans through the Middle Ages.
Why I am a Mormon
Even though I am the father of 2 living children, I lost a son at birth. Through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ I have learned where he is, what he is doing and what I can do to be reunited with him again as his father and have him as a member of my family forever. There is nothing more important to me than being with my wife and all of my children for eternity. I love the teachings of the church that families are the most important unit of society and religion. Everything we learn in the gospel of Jesus Christ are focused on bringing individuals salvation and uniting families in heaven. Not only did I learn this by study and listening to church leaders, but I have felt my Father in Heaven tell me it is true in my heart by the power of his Holy Spirit. Because of prayer and listening to my heart, I know this is true for myself now. I know that God knows me personally and is watching out for me and bringing me experiences to help me to grow. I know he feels that way about all of us as his children here on earth. He has a plan for you and for me and is willing to tell us his plan if we will but read his word, and ask Him in pray with a heart willing to follow his divine instructions.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Mormon young men are asked to devote 2 years of their lives to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ full time. We are asked to leave our family and friends and focus on the work of spreading the Gospel to all the Earth. I spent 2 years of my life in and around Londrina, Brazil. I learned to speak Portuguese, ate the local food with those who were willing to share with me, and taught lessons of hope and forgiveness to those who wanted to follow their Savior. Jesus Christ has always required those who receive baptism to go out and tell all who will listen about the joy and beauty they have found through the church and its teachings. I felt it a privilege to help many people come closer to Christ through sincere study of his scriptures and in humble prayer. It was an honor to baptize some of them as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I continue to pray that they will stay firm in their faith.
How I live my faith
I am lucky enough to work with the missionaries of the church. You may see them in white shirts and ties walking or riding their bikes around. I get to help coordinate their visits with individuals and families that live in my surrounding neighborhoods. When people are baptized and join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I continue to visit them and teach them more about his Gospel as recorded in scripture. I love talking to those not of my faith and sharing with them the truth that I have learned. I also like to participate in church and community service projects. I try to go to the LDS temple close to my home and perform service there as often as I can.