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Hi I'm Kent C. Dodds

I'm a masters student majoring in Information Systems. I'm a husband and father. I love my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. I was born in October of 1988. My wife and I were recently blessed with a baby girl who we love so much. Because of the temple, we can be together forever. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 2008 to 2010. I served in Kansas and Missouri, in the Missouri Independence Mission. It was the greatest 2 years I had experienced so far in my life. Because of the gospel, things just keep getting better and better! I love playing the piano and being with my family--that's where I find solace! I like being active. (Sports, roller-blading, bicycling, and outdoorsy stuff) I'm really into the frontier of technology. I love how it can be used to help accomplish great things. In particular, I love that technology can be used to solve business problems. Which is why I'm going into Information Systems. Most important to me is my family. I try to base all my decisions on how it will effect my relationship with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. What I mean is, my family have all been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for several generations. I was baptized when I was 8 years old, which is the standard for kids growing up in the church. I feel really fortunate for this fact. I was taught the truth from the beginning, and then found that it was true later (kind of like being taught 2+2=4 first, then learning why it works that way later). When I was about 13, I decided that I really wanted to know whether the church was true. I thought to myself "If the church isn't true, then it asks WAY too much of us, and I don't think that's right. But if it IS true, then I know exactly what path I must follow, and I know that Christ is leading me in His church." I had been told my whole life that if you read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it's true, you'll know that it's true. And if you know the Book of Mormon is true, you'll know everything else about the church is true too. So, I decided to put it to the test. After several months of reading, praying, going to church, and everything, I finished the Book of Mormon. I prayed and asked God whether the Book of Mormon was true. I got this wonderful peaceful feeling. I felt that was God's way of telling me that it is true. All of it. And, since then, I have had many spiritual experiences that have fortified my testimony of it's truth. Not only that, but as a missionary, I had the opportunity of seeing others feel this as well. It was wonderful. I saw many lives changed on my mission. Why am I a Mormon? Because I know it's true. I have experienced it, I have seen others experience it, and I have felt the Lord tell me through His spirit that it is true. That's how I know it's true, and that's why I'm a Mormon. For more detail on my personal conversion story, see this link: http://goo.gl/j5h7C

How I live my faith

I believe that the faith of an individual is evident in how they live their life. For example, I have faith that the light will turn on when I flip a light switch, so I put for the effort to flip the switch and it comes on! Just like that, I do my very best to do what Christ has told us to do through the Prophets both ancient and modern. I find that brings me the most happiness. I have done many things to serve the Lord and His church. Aside from trying to be available at all times to serve my spirit brothers and sisters I see around me, I have received and fulfilled callings in His church as well. Some of my favorite callings have been when I served as a full-time missionary, when I was a Ward Mission Leader, working in the Provo Temple as an Ordinance Worker, serving as an assistant Ward Clerk, serving as the Deacon's Quorum President, and one of my favorites, a Home Teacher. Whether you are familiar with these capacities, know that they have given me an opportunity to serve the Lord and His children in various capacities and the doing of them has brought me great happiness and fulfillment. Of all the callings and responsibilities I have received, the one I cherish the most is that of husband and future father. I know that the most important thing in life is the family, and I try to make that evident in the way I live my life by the priority it holds. I love the Lord, and I love His church. I'll do anything for the Lord, because He did everything for me! That's how I live my faith.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kent C. Dodds
Simply put, it's a misunderstanding of the church. In fact, though the connotation of the word cult is a negative one, dictionary.com defines the word "cult" as "a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies." However, that's neither here nor there, it's what people think the word means that matters. I would say that Satan, the enemy of all righteousness, is well aware of the reality that the Mormon Church is Christ's Church, and so he makes it extremely easy for misunderstandings and negative connotations to be tied to the church. Don't let that sway you, ask God, not the world, what is true -D Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Kent C. Dodds
Oh my goodness! What blessings CAN'T we receive from the gift of the Holy Ghost? To be relatively short, the Holy Ghost provides as a liaison with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It is through the Holy Ghost that God communicates with us. I would say that's one of the greatest gifts of the Holy Ghost. There are tons in the scriptures. Look up Moroni 10 or Doctrine and Covenants 46, it tells us gives a bunch of gifts there. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Kent C. Dodds
His name is President Thomas S. Monson. He's great! I remember when he was sustained as the prophet of the church. President Hinckley (the prophet before him) had just passed away a few months earlier so I knew President Monson was going to be sustained. It's always good to confirm with the Lord what truth is, so I asked Him whether Thomas S. Monson is His called Prophet today. I received a spiritual witness which was similar to the witness I received when I asked whether the Book of Mormon is true, if the Bible is true, if the church is true, or anything else. It's a special feeling. You'll know it when you get it. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Kent C. Dodds
The doctrine of Christ's church places life on an extremely high pedestal. Therefore, the church is against abortion. There are, however, some rare exceptions. When the life of the mother or child (or both) is in jeopardy (in the judgement of a credible authority, like a doctor). Or, when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. And even in these cases, the decision should only be made after much prayer and consultation with the local church leaders. Show more Show less