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Hi I'm Keith Proctor

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a PhD student studying instructional psychology and technology. I love learning and teaching and integrating technology into education. I have not always had the best experiences learning and teaching, so I want to help others have better experiences than I had. I have been married for eight years to my wonderful angel of a wife and we have four children. Parenting has been a lot harder than I thought, but I am learning and growing everyday. I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and its clear teachings about families have helped me the most in my struggles. I really like to read about lots of things. I like learning new things and trying new things. I love to studying languages too. I believe that being able to communicate with others in their native tongue is a powerful way to connect with them and build meaningful relationships.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I grew up attending the LDS church but it wasn't until I was a teenager that I really started to ask tough questions and get answers about life. I think I was converted intellectually to the Gospel first, because its answers to my questions just made sense. Since then I have had experiences with others inside and outside of the Church that have deepened my faith about its truths and the power of Jesus Christ to change lives. I served a mission to Brazil where I met thousands of people and worked to answer their questions about life. I saw the Holy Ghost work in the lives of the people there and how it led them to the happiness and peace they had been seeking. I saw that same power to change in my life as well. Today, I have so many opportunities in the Church and community to help people learn about and think deeper about the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These truths or doctrines have a tremendous power to change lives and to lead people to do good. Everyone should at least investigate these things and then trust God enough to ask Him if they are true. I've done that myself and have received a personal manifestation that they are true. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

On a regular day I roll out of bed and on to my knees. I begin the day with prayer because I believe our Father in Heaven loves me and wants to help me with the day. We also pray together as a family in the morning and read scriptures briefly. We are trying to help our children learn where to find the answers to their questions as they grow and mature. I try to eat healthy and avoid certain foods and substances that are not good for my body as part of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I find that this helps keep my mind clear and active. I avoid certain music, movies, books, and entertainment that are not compatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I do this because as I do I feel that Heavenly Father is pleased with my choice and I feel a greater amount of His love, help, and guidance in my life. At night, I also pray by myself and with my family. You could say that there is a lot of praying going on each day. I guess I have realized that I can't do everything on my own and I need the help of Heaven. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. I believe that Heavenly Father wants us to include Him in our lives. On Sundays I attend 3 hours of church meetings, which does seem really long most weeks. But there have been so many times when I am participating in a class where I learn or feel something so profound. I love those moments and wouldn't miss them for the world. Most recently my wife and I have been teaching 1 and 2-year-olds the teachings of Jesus Christ. We do this for about 2 hours every Sunday. The time just seems to fly by and the time with the children is awesome. They usually say pretty profound things. I love being able to serve and teach the children. I think we get to feel a little of what Jesus felt for the little children.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Keith Proctor
In the Temple we are taught some pretty powerful truths about who we are, where we came from, and why we are here. It's not the kind of experience you can just walk into and get. There is significant spiritual preparation and learning needed first. It's better to be prepared and enjoy the fullness of the experience than to rush into it too quickly and end up confused. The ordinances in the temple also require that you prepare yourself to have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and God the Father. The best way to prepare for the Temple ordinances is to begin living their teachings consistently before entering the Temple. This is your way of showing Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father that you love them, obey them, and are ready for additional light and knowledge. Without this preparation, any ordinance of the Gospel would be an empty set of rituals. The Temple, in its fullest sense, prepares men and women to return and live with God as His sons and daughters. Anyone in the world can experience the power and beauty of the Temple, but a wise Heavenly Father has set out certain guidelines for their personal preparation first. Those who love Jesus Christ and walk in His ways will find in the Temple a power beyond their comprehension and a closeness to God not possible anywhere else in the world. Show more Show less