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Hi I'm Ken

I'm a Texan. I'm an engineer. I'm a drummer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas and my family comes from a long line of Texans. I have a variety of interests, some of which include playing the piano, drumming, singing and ballroom dancing. I love the outdoors. I like fixing things and working with my hands. For college, I obtained a bachelors degree in electrical and computer engineering. I've been working in computer chip design for many years, and despite the stereotypical nerdy nature this field portrays, I really find it a fun and challenging career.

Why I am a Mormon

Stated simply, I'm a mormon because I love it and because it just makes sense. I love the clarity of the doctrines we believe. I love how I feel when I'm at church and when I'm serving in the temple. I joined this church when I was in college after my own personal investigation of it. I made a deliberate decision to follow it because I really felt "at home" (religiously speaking) for the first time in my life. I receive so much peace of conscience regarding how to live my life. I also dearly love the people I get to associate with at church.

How I live my faith

For the most part, I try to live my faith by sharing the talents and skills I have with others. I think service -- meeting the needs of others with no expectation of recognition or reward -- is one of the best ways to model the life of the Savior. I also love to share how learning and living my religion has brought me joy. I love talking to people who are in any way curious about what we believe. For the past few years, I have served as an employment specialist at church. I've helped coach those who are unemployed or who are making employment-related changes in their lives. I've also helped teach the church-sponsored Career Workshop to dozens of individuals in this local area. I presently serve in a capacity that helps singles at our church. Collaborating with others, I strive to strengthen spiritual and social ties of singles who are age 30 and older. Our activities and events are centered in the Austin area. We use the internet and social media heavily to plan and communicate our activities. I also try to use my technical and programming skills wherever I can in this area of service.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Ken
Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. He is an amazing individual. From his stories, teachings and leadership, I've learned so much about how to be a disciple of Christ and how to really follow the promptings of the Spirit. I know he is a prophet just as was Moses, Isaiah and others in the Bible. Out of respect for his great responsibility and as one who presides over the Church, we refer to him as President Monson. It's so important to study and follow the teachings of the current prophet. President Monson has spoken at great length recently on topics such as gratitude, acting on spiritual promptings, helping those in need, duty, tempering unkind feelings, persevering through trials, and more. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Ken
Having faith in Jesus Christ means we trust his teachings and the example that he led as recorded in the scriptures. His teachings and example have a great impact on family relationships and friendships. The Savior was kind, meek, supportive, slow to judge, compassionate and caring. Each of these character traits have worthy application in any relationship. When I think of him, I'm less prone to judge, to feel a victim, or even to get frustrated in my relationships, especially those that don't progress as desired. Of greater importance is the magical power of the Atonement -- Christ's redeeming power over sin and over the wrongs that happen in life. Knowing that he can compensate for our weaknesses, mishaps and misunderstandings makes it much easier to forgive and move forward when struggles in our relationships inevitably occur. I know that as we strive to be more Christ-like, our family relationships and friendships can be extremely rewarding, deep and fruitful. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Ken
Tithing donations are used to build and maintain the Church infrastructure, such as our local chapels and the temples. Whenever I go to a chapel and visit a temple, I know that a portion of my tithing donation has been applied to its consecrated use. Show more Show less