Hi I'm Ken Packer
I am a father of four, an instructional designer, and perpetual student. I'm a Mormon.
I work full-time as an instructional designer creating language materials for 53 langauages. I speak Russian and English...learning Spanish...I really need to learn Mandarin. I love what I do. I am also a PhD student -just the disertation left. When I was eleven I entered a science fair at a local university and recieved a t-shirt that said, "learning is doing and doing is fun." I have never forgotton that phrase and it has shaped my life interests, schooling, and career. I learned more about electric motors building them than I would have reading volumes. Vygotsky, Schank, Lave, Wenger, Brown, Palinscar, Resinick, etc. are my secular mentors. I love reading and learning from them. I believe that the student is an uncreated eternal intelligent moral agent and that knowledge is contextual embedded within the context of experience. Learning is about changing the being not acummulating facts. Life, when put into the proper context, is the best example of learning and instruction. We are here to become. I love ice hockey. I just started playing a year ago in my thirties. I am not good but it is a great outlet for the pressures of the day.: Artwork for me is a way to release the creator within me. A lot of that is on hold to do my school, work, and family obligations, but I find a little time to scribble or paint something every now and again. My dad is my hero. I want to become just like him. He sacrifices so much for each of his eight children. I don't know how he and my mom ever did it. We are scrambling all of the time with just four.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into a Mormon family, but that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have found peace in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have come to know for myself that the teachings my parents taught me are true. This knowledge comes from a relationship I have built with a Heavenly Father who knows and loves me. He knows each of us by name no matter where we live or what our circumstances. Sometimes it is hard to see that love, but each one of us can feel it in a quiet moment. His love is also manifested in the sacrifce of His Son for all the world. The burdens we carry around of guilt and shame that come from doing things that contradict our nature as His literal children can be relieved through Jesus Christ. His love is also manifest through truth He has given us through prophets, which help us to understand why we are here and where we are going after this life. The tangible evidence of this truth lies in The Book of Mormon. It is true. It testifies of Christ and proves that the Jesus Christ of the New Testament is the Savior of the whole world. It is a second witness. It is a history of an ancient people who lived on the ancient American continent. They also knew the Savior and Saw him after his resurrection. I know this book is true. I have prayed about it and God has told me it is true. I know it just as I know the bible is true. Thats why I am a Mormon. I am a follower of Christ.
How I live my faith
My fatih directs my everyday life. I follow Jesus Christ. I try to be honest, patient, kind, loving, etc. It doesn't always turn out this way but I am grateful for the principle of repentance. I reflect on those things I did which were not Christlike and I do everything I can to fix them. I know that asking God to help me in this gives me additional strength and courage to change. I am becoming someone different...someone better. The Savior's teaching has helped me to avoid some of the pain that comes with breaking God's commandments. I choose to be completely committed and faithful to my wife and children. I am incharge of a group of older men who volunteer our time to help those in our congregation and community. We help older widows and citizens with repairs on their homes and things they can't do for themselves. My faith guides me to contribute generously from my income to help those who are less fortunate. I have seen that by doing this the Lord blesses me and my family a hundred fold..just as He promises in the bible. I feel like I can never get even with the Lord. My faith gives me hope and happiness for a bright future. Even when hard times come into my life, just as they do in all of our lives, I find peace in the promises and blessings God extends to man through priesthood ordinances. I have seen the real power of his priesthood as it is used by those He authorizes. I choose not to watch rated "R" movies and don't smoke or drink..besides the monitary and health benefits from this life style, I feel a spiritual strength that comes from it. It helps me to do better at my work and my schooling. I have felt direction as I ask God for answers and help. I have found many principles which have helped me professionally as I read the word of God in the scriptures. My faith is my life and it is helping me become something better.