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Hi I'm KC

I'm a graduate student at MIT. I'm a systems architect, technology consultant, and sporadic inventor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served as a missionary in South Korea, did my undergrad in Information Systems at BYU, worked in tech consulting for a few years in San Francisco, and now I'm back at school getting a business administration degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I enjoy travel, music, running, cycling, boxing, and the occasional tennis match.

Why I am a Mormon

I find great power, support, and strength in the pages of the Book of Mormon. It sustains me through my life, and provides guidance and illumination when I seek it. I also value the community of believers of which I am a part, and feel that bearing one another's burdens is an essential means towards living a happy, balanced, and fulfilled life.

How I live my faith

I center my personal religious activity around the Book of Mormon. Reading it, studying it, analyzing its message and absorbing its teachings are all activities that I find to be fruitful and rewarding as I seek to come to a knowledge of God. For nearly 3 years, I served as the mission leader in my congregation for young single adults. I often accompanied the full-time missionaries on teaching appointments and meet with the people that are being taught the gospel. I also worked with those that have recently been baptized. I ensured that they are being fed the good word of God in Sunday School lessons and helped them develop a personal gospel study program that worked for them. In addition to working with recent converts to the church, I spend efforts ministering to those who are sometimes termed "lost sheep": those who feel unwelcome, marginalized, or who otherwise find it difficult to hit a stride among the saints.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is an account that chronicles the rise and fall of three civilizations The Lehites, (who later split into the Nephites and Lamanites) the Mulekites, and the Jaredites. These three civilizations originated in the Old World, (Israel or Mesopotamia) and were each led by God to a "promised land," where they grew and expanded. Among these civilizations were prophets, who taught of Jesus Christ and his saving power. Various phases of acceptance and rejection of Christ ensued, and each civilization was either absorbed into another, or collapsed entirely. Record keepers compiled histories of their civilizations, notably a record keeper named Mormon. His record was eventually transmitted to Joseph Smith through miraculous means. The English translation of this record is known as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Some powerful insight about this comes from the Gospel of John, chapter 14. Jesus tells Philip that “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. ” (v6-7) Philip, anxious to finally come to know and see this “Father” of which Jesus spoke, said: “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” (v8) Jesus responds by poignantly describing his relationship and role as a revelator of the Father: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me.” (v9-11) By coming unto Christ and following his example, we become more Christlike, more Godlike, and in the process, come to know--and experience--who our Father in Heaven is. Show more Show less