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Hi I'm Kyle Welch

I have a wife and two kids. I grew up in Encinitas, CA. I am a Doctoral student at Harvard. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a fantastic wife and two kids (Girl 3 years old and a Boy 1 year old). We live in Boston Massachusetts. I am currently attending the doctoral program at Harvard Business School. I grew up in San Diego California. When I am not busy making sure I pass my classes I usually spend my time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Two main reasons: 1) The gospel makes me happy. I have found that the principles of this faith about the purpose of our existence and of Jesus Christ have provided a path to happiness in this life. It is something that unites my family. It's something that brings peace to me when my life is crazy. Quite simply, it works. 2) There is no other faith that can answer the questions I have about religion and the purpose of life.

How I live my faith

"It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt." -Fyodor Dostoevsky You can't have faith without doubt, however my faith in the gospel dominates my choices and actions in life. I live my faith primarily by being a good husband and then a good father. Of the things I will be responsible for in this life, none is more important to god than my relationship with my family. More specifically within the church. One of the jobs I have in my congregation is to teach the Boston youth in our congregation each sunday. I am humbled by the faith of these kids who frequently are the only family member attending church. Teaching them has been one of the best experiences I have had in Boston.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kyle Welch
No! The church does not endorse a political party. Multiple times in the year the church reads a letter from every LDS church pulpit in the world re-emphasizing that the church does not endorse political candidates or parties. The church takes the approach of teaching the gospel and letting the principles guide members to the party or candidate of their choice. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Kyle Welch
"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -Ralph Waldo Emerson In this secular world, it is easy to find people that don't see god's hand in this world. Not me. All I have seen physically and even more spiritually tells me that there is a god that loves and cares about us. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kyle Welch
Most people refer to our faith as a cult because they don’t know the meaning of the word “cult” and don’t have a healthy perspective of the Mormon faith. Pejoratively Cult refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are reasonably considered strange. Under this definition, I find almost all religions could be defined as cults. Any major faith has “strange” aspects of belief when they are viewed from a distance. By learning more about the context of a religious practice in any faith, I have found that religious practices no-longer seem strange. A great example of this can be found in the Bible. When Christ first introduced communion to his followers (including his apostles), the followers thought it was “strange”. In John 6 we read "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" It was only much later when people had further context of that this practice was considered normal even for the followers of Christ. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Kyle Welch
Tithing in the Mormon faith is different from any other faith for a number of reasons. 1) The entire local ministry of the church is unpaid volunteers. No teacher, minister, bishop, or stake president receives compensation for the work they do. So the money does not go towards compensation of any individual. 2) Building and maintaining places of worship including chapels and temples of worship are the main use of funds. 3) Tithing also goes towards fellowshipping activities within each congregation. 4) Tithing also helps provide funding for a number of Educational programs and collages. Show more Show less