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Hi I'm Kenneth

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military family and moved around a lot while growing up. I am married with a new baby girl. I love playing basketball, hiking, going on long walks at night, and snorkeling in Palau. I'm a computer systems analyst by trade, but my hobbies and interests are more related to the great outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being so has made life more meaningful and full of joy. I was born into the Church, and continue to follow its teachings. It's not just a set of different religious beliefs that I think about only on Sunday...it's a way of life that brings happiness and peace.

How I live my faith

My volunteer work in the Church is Ward Mission Leader. I coordinate missionary efforts between the regular members of the Church and full-time proselyting missionaries. I go out and visit people in my neighborhood to try to share my beliefs with them. If you find something that makes you happy, you should try to share it with those around you, and that's what I am trying to do.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

We believe that in order to obtain eternal life, one must be baptized by immersion by the proper authority. Billions of people have lived and died on this earth without having the opportunity to be baptized. We perform proxy baptisms for the dead in our temples for those who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while on the earth. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

One of the key messages they will share is the life of Jesus Christ and how he established his church when he was on the earth; and how that same church was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith after centuries of darkness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We believe that after we die, our spirits still live on and will temporarily go to the spirit world. We believe that everyone that ever lived on the earth, whether they lived a good life or a bad life, will eventually be resurrected and become immortal. We will then be judged according to our works and inherit a level of glory. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

We believe that the law of tithing has been a law of God dating back to ancient times. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. We use and regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is our law of health. Some of the key aspects of it are: abstaining from the use of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Mormons donate food, money, clothing, and other items to the Church's welfare program. These items are distributed throughout the world, to all people (not just other Mormons) wherever it is needed. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The only way to know if Mormonism is true is to learn about it and then to pray to God if it is true. By the power of the Holy Ghost, you can know the truth of all things. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Several ancient prophets who lived on the American Continent between about 600 BC and 400 AD. The prophet Mormon compiled all of their writings into one book...The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

"Mormon" is a nickname for a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

A young 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith, sought an answer to which church he should join. When he went to a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, to pray, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. They told him that he should join none of the churches. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who atoned for our sins. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

One way to think of a ward/stake/or branch is as a geographical grouping of members of the Church. In some parts of the world, where there are many Mormons, a ward may be a small geographical area, whereas in other parts of the world, a ward may be a huge area. A few hundred Mormons would make up one ward. Several wards make up a stake. A branch is similar to a ward, but much smaller. Branches are typically found in parts of the world where the Church is still new and the members are very few. Show more Show less