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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a husband. I'm a father and grandfather. I'm an engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful wife and we have four children who are now all grown. I am an electrical engineer by profession and it is what I really love to do. I have served in the Army and the Air Force on active duty and also as a civilian employee. I am just an ordinary nerd who enjoys good music, golf on occasion and family history. I also like to discuss machine learning and artificial neural networks.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know through the gift of the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church on the earth. I have spent a great many years now as a member of the church and I know that true happiness comes to me when I am living the principles of the gospel and serving others. King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon taught that when we are in the service of our fellow beings we are only in the service of our God. I know this to be true because I have given service many times and felt the Savior's love for me and for those being served. I am a Mormon because I have received a testimony of the truth by following the admonition given by James: If any of ye lack wisdom let him ask of God and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith. I know that we walk by faith in this life and I know that the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price are all precious gems if we will but read and follow their precepts. I have asked God about a great many things and I have walked the principles as well learning for myself the truthfulness of the gospel. The Savior called to all of us to take His yoke upon us and that it would be light. While we all face challenges and setbacks in our life, I have found that we can endure and overcome much more easily if we have the Lord yoked with us than without. Take time to read and ponder the holy scriptures and you will find rest to your soul and happiness in this life as well as the life to come.

How I live my faith

I live my faith quietly. I serve in the church as a priesthood leader which requires me to be up front and center, but I am just as happy to quietly serve as a home teacher. We all walk by faith in this life. As we learn new gospel truths and live them we gain more knowledge and faith. This has been a truism for me throughout my life. I am building faith every day by living the principles of the gospel that are revealed to me through scripture study, prayer and from counsel received from my priesthood leaders. I live by faith and hope. As we live the gospel and become more diligent we learn that our hope can be strengthened. As our faith grows stronger our hope that we can live again with the Savior also increases. This hope which comes to us through the atonement of Jesus Christ gives me strength to press on until the end in faith and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. James tells us that faith without works is dead. He was telling all of us that it is not enough to just believe or to just desire, we must do -- that is the works part, in order to make our faith strong. By serving others and being obedient we are showing our faith is part of us and that it moves us to action in all things. Part of the baptismal covenant we take upon us as Mormons is to stand as a witness of Jesus Christ at all times, in all things, and in all places. I stand as a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ through my life as seen in my everyday actions. I hope that they are pleasing unto Him.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Kevin
The answer to this question is an emphatic YES!! A husband and wife as well as their offspring can live together forever. We are the children of loving Heavenly parents who love us and want us to return home. Through the atonement, the Savior Jesus Christ has provided the way for us to repent and become pure and clean such that we can dwell with Him and our Heavenly Father. The doctrine that family life is the order of heaven was overshadowed by the precepts of men over the ages. Through latter-day revelation the essential truths and ordinances have been restored which allow families to be together forever based upon their faithfulness for God will force no man to heaven. We must live the commandments and repent when we fall short. Through the atonement and following the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we can become like Christ and fulfill our eternal destiny.  In fact the temples are there specifically to bind families together and to show us the true order of heaven. Through the work done in the temple, families are given the opportunity to make and keep sacred covenants and to receive the ordinances necessary for them to live together forever. Show more Show less

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

Kevin
First and foremost Mormons tithe because it is a commandment of the Lord. The principle of tithing has been with the children of men for a very long time. We know that Abraham paid Melchizedek tithes. We also know that in Malachi the Lord rebukes the children of Israel for not paying their tithes and offerings. He also promises them that if they pay their tithes and offerings that the windows of heaven will open and pour out a blessing so great that the recipients will not be able to hold it all. Tithing is a commandment of faith. The Lord commands that we pay him first. He demanded the firstlings of the flock and the first fruits of the field. We learn that by paying the Lord first we are putting our trust in Him. We are exercising our faith that there will be enough in our storehouse. I know from living this priniciple the majority of my life that we gain far more from exercising faith and paying our tithes than we ever will by retaining the tithes. Mormons are asked to donate 10% because it is a commandment of the Lord. They obey because they have faith in Him and His promises to the obedient. Show more Show less