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Hi I'm Kevin

I grew up in Utah and I'm studying electrical engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student in electrical engineering emphasizing in signal processing and electromagnetics, especially radar imaging. My current research involves radar images of Greenland. I enjoy learning hiking playing the piano, drums, and guitar acting in and watching theater reading cooking traveling and spending time with my wife and family. I served a mission in Mexico. I like learning about and visiting other cultures and have studied in China.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. But I still had to find out for myself whether the church is true. This understanding and knowledge has come throughout my lifetime. One thing that continues to amaze me is how much sense the Gospel makes. We have the answers to fundamental questions such as "who am I", "where did I come from", and "where am I going after this life". The answers to these questions fit together so well in a way that no man-made theory ever could. On my mission in Mexico, I also witnessed the joy and understanding that others have gained as they've learned about the Gospel for the first time. But what has really solidified my commitment to the Church is the Holy Ghost. One of the purposes of the Holy Ghost is to let us know and recognize truth. The teachings of the Gospel not only make sense but have been confirmed to me by the Holy Ghost. This confirmation has come in the form of a feeling of peace, love, and understanding. I know that it does not come from me but from God. All of God's children everyone living here on the Earth can receive these spiritual confirmations if we ask for them with real desire if we intend to act upon them. These confirmations have been especially strong for the Book of Mormon. Many of the basic claims of the Church are based on the Book of Mormon. I have read it many times have found the answers to my questions about life inside it. I know, through the Holy Ghost, that it is a true book and that it was written by prophets, or messengers of God. It has taught me how to achieve happiness in this life. I highly recommend it.

How I live my faith

I have found that true happiness comes from obeying the commandments of God every day. It's hard sometimes, but we've been given lots of tools to help us. I study the scriptures every day to learn more about my Heavenly Father so that I can obey Him better. I also talk to Him several times a day through prayer. Prayer and scripture study help remind me of the things I can improve on in my life. I also participate in church every Sunday. The scriptures teach us that Jesus dedicated his life to helping others. Therefore, in the church, all members are given a responsibility so that we can learn how to serve. My responsibility is to help organize some of the classes that we have on Sunday. I ensure that there are members assigned to be teachers each week and that they know what topic they are supposed to be teaching. As members, we don't believe in just going to church on Sunday. We also believe in keeping the Sabbath day holy. For me this means dedicating the day to the Lord. I try to refrain from watching movies, listening to worldly music, and working on this day. I've found that keeping the Sabbath day holy in this manner helps me to refocus on God. It also has an added benefit of leaving me refreshed and ready for the week.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Kevin
We can find the reason in the Book of Mormon in the book of Jacob. In chapter 2 verse 27, God says, "For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none." This is the general commandment concerning marriage. However, occasionally God has commanded exceptions to this commandment. Examples in the Bible include Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They were men of God and were not condemned for having multiple wives. The reason God commanded them in this is found in Jacob 2:30: "For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things." The reason God sometimes commands his people to practice polygamy is to "raise up seed unto [him]". Because these biblical prophets practiced polygamy, they were able to have more children and raise them in God's ways. Without polygamy, there would not have been as many descendants of these prophets. Therefore, God would have had less people who were faithful to him and knew of his ways. For the same reasons, God commanded some of the early members of the Church when it was newly organized to practice polygamy so that more of his children could grow up knowing of him and his truth. Now that the Church and God's people are more established, polygamy is no longer practiced. All members of the Church are to have only one wife as commanded in Jacob 2:27. Show more Show less