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Hi I'm Kevin V. Hunt

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Greetings! I am Kevin Hunt. I live in Arizona. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my life. In fact, my ancestors - back five to eight generations - have all been members of the Church. Our Hunt ancestors joined the Church in Kentucky and came to Utah in 1856. Folks on my mother's side are Danish. They joined the church in Denmark. All of our ancestors came to Utah and the West via covered wagon - and a lot of walking - and were asked by Church leaders to settle in different areas of Utah. I grew up in a town founded by Mormon settlers. I went on a Church mission to Alabama, Florida and Georgia and learned the native language. I graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah and it was there that I met my wife. We both had the same Youth Leadership classes and earned the same degree. I had an emphasis in Boy Scouting and hers was Girl Scouting. We scouted each other and the rest is history. We had eight dates over a two year period and I proposed (finally) by mail. We were married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church. That was over thirty years ago and things are still going well for us. I worked professionally for the Boy Scouts of America for seven years and loved directing the summer Scout Camps and developing programs and activities. I have since worked in various administrative jobs such as insurance, bookkeeping, human resources, etc. My wife and I recently pooled interests and abilities and have started our own catering business. We have nine children. We actually wanted twelve but, as my wife says, "Nine is FINE!". And with that bunch (six girls and 3 boys) we now have twelve grandchildren (nine boys and three girls). They are our life and we love them a great deal. My interests include Boy Scouting, cooking, outdoor Dutch oven cooking, wood carving, wood working, landscaping my yard, building outdoor structures (gazebos, BBQ ramadas, etc.) to make our back yard look like a log cabin, staging parties and gatherings, reading, doing family history research and researching and preparing biographies of ancestors. I am also an avid journal keeper and I have a written journal entry for every day of my life since age 18 (so that equates to 132 volumes of about 200 pages each). Writing books is another special interest. I have written several books about Scouting and youth leadership - including a history of Scouting in the LDS Church. I've also written other books on values - and these are geared to young children, a book about journal writing, one about Christmas (written almost entirely from my own personal journals) and some on other Gospel topics. And my wife and I have actually written the first volume about our crazy courtship and life with nine children. No one would believe all that - but it's all written in my journal! I enjoy life and being with my family and friends. I enjoy and appreciate my membership in the LDS Church. We have a good life and are happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be so. Although my family have been members of the Lord's restored Church on the earth for many generations, still I have had to study diligently in the Scriptures, pray for a witness - and have lived in accordance with the Lord's commands to obtain for myself, a testimony that this Church and Gospel are true. I am grateful for knowledge of why I am here on the earth - having been sent here by God our Father to come to gain a physical body, to exercise my free agency, and to learn to keep the commandments of God - so that I might be able to return to live with Him some day. I am content and happy knowing that there is life after death and that because my wife, my family and I have been united through sacred Temple and Priesthood covenants, we may be together forever - even after death. I am a Mormon because I have seen the effect of the Gospel of Jesus Christ upon my life and within the lives of my family members. I am a Mormon because I have come to know that "The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ" is the word of God - just as is the Holy Bible. I greatly appreciate and believe in the knowledge that I have that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and that through him, God the Father and Jesus Christ came to restore the true Church of Jesus Christ once more upon the earth. I am further strengthened by the strength, fortitude and sacrifice of my ancestors who came by wagon train - or walked 1400 miles - to insure that their generation - and every generation since - could live in peace and enjoy the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the restored Church in our daily living. I am a member of the LDS Church - a Mormon - because I have been blessed by the teachings of modern Prophets and Apostles who have acted in the same Priesthood authority as was bestowed by Jesus Christ upon his disciples - The 12 Apostles - when he was here on the earth in mortality. I am a Mormon because it feels right and I have felt the peaceful witness of the Holy Ghost as He has witnessed to me of the truths of the Gospel and the Church. I have grown through His divine guidance and inspiration throughout my life. I am a Mormon because I believe and know that it is right. It is right for me and for my family.

How I live my faith

We try to live our faith every day. Ours is not just a Sunday church - but is a way of life. Our whole lives revolve around the Church, Gospel principles and the teachings of Jesus. We read the scriptures each day individually and also with our family (though it is sometimes a challenge with so many teenagers going in so many directions). We pray together each morning and evening and also give thanks to our God over each meal. We acknowledge His many great blessings in our lives. Each Monday evening is reserved by all family members as a night to be together as a family. On that night, we have what is called a "Family Home Evening" program together. This begins with a prayer, song and then includes a lesson on a Gospel topic, family discussion, fun and games and then refreshments. Having had this weekly family home evening for over thirty years (in our own family - but for years before that too), we have seen a "distilling" peace come to our family as a whole and to each member individually. We have seen profound benefits through doing the above together. We eat meals together, work and play together. We enjoy frequent family gatherings - with our descendants - as well as with our sibling families. Each Sunday we gather with about twenty children and grandchildren as we prepare and enjoy together a wonderful meal. We try to be obedient each day to Gospel teachings and to live in accordance with the Lord's will. Through the years, we have also served in the Church in various capacities. We volunteer but also serve wherever we are "called to serve" when asked or invited by Church leaders. For many years, I have served in various Scouting capacities. I am presently the Advancement Chairman for the three Scouting units within our local ward or congregation. I have helped many young men achieve their Eagle Scout awards and have hiked and camped and loved the annual summer camp excursions. The Boy Scout program has been officially adopted by the LDS Church as its designated youth program so Scouting is very much a part of our church lifestyle and activities. Scouting goes hand in hand with our Priesthood duties and helps to train men and boys and to motivate them to be better missionaries, husbands and fathers and Priesthood leaders. I am assigned five families whom I visit each month in the capacity of "home teacher" and as such, I am responsible for their physical and spiritual well-being. I serve these families in any way that I can. I have also served many times in the missionary function of the Church and have served locally to share my beliefs and what the Church has done for me and my family. Currently, and for the past five years, I have served in the capacity of Ward Clerk. In this volunteer role, I maintain the membership and finance records for our local congregation or Ward. My wife has served the young children through the Primary organization, the Young Women (girls ages 12 to 18) and in the women's organization - called The Relief Society. We both enjoy planning and staging fun and exciting events and programs for youth and adults. I spend a great deal of time doing family history research. When I was a child, our family had a favorite scripture - which we memorized and had posted on a poster in our kitchen. This became our guiding light - then and continues to do so today. This is from the Old Testament Book of Proverbs, in Chapter 3, Verses 5 and 6 - which reads: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." Our family - of all generations past and present - have tried to do that. We live by faith each day and with obedience and service, the Lord has indeed, taken care of us. He has provided daily miracles that have sustained us even through extended periods of unemployment and other trauma. We believe strongly in raising food, in storing food for the future, in home canning, and in slowly purchasing items in large quantity. Luckily, we have not had to use the food for natural or major disasters - but we have frequently used it in times of our own personal challenge and trauma. It has been a great blessing to us. Additionally, we have obeyed the Lord's law of Tithing. So, we contribute 10% of our gross income to the general Church funds (though our local ward). We also give a rather substantial "fast offering" each pay check and this money is used to assist the poor and needy of the Church in our area - as well as throughout the world. As we have done this, the "windows of heaven" (as the prophet Malachi in the Old Testament taught of) have been literally opened unto us. We have always had sufficient for our needs as we have trusted in the Lord. The miracles have come and we express our gratitude to the Lord for His many bounties unto us. It has been a great life and using these principles, we have been able to raise our nine children successfully and with that which we have needed.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Kevin V. Hunt
"Do" is the key word in that question. The answer is "No, we DO not. The church DID practice this in the early 1800's - when commanded by the Lord to do so. Many of our ancestor families practiced it but when Church and federal leaders outlawed it, the practice was stopped and it has not been a part of the Church for over 120 years. I am, however, proud of my family heritage that comes from those large pioneer families - and the strength and quantity of faithful cousins and family who likewise descended from those faithful pioneer ancestors. I appreciate their obedience during and after polygamy. Some people (many of them former members and off-shoot groups) still practice polygamy today but they are NOT members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Kevin V. Hunt
Joseph Smith was a young man who in 1820, lived in upstate New York. He had been prepared - even before his birth - to become a prophet in the modern world. Having been raised by a very spiritual family - whom the Lord had also prepared - he was very spiritually minded. From his family religious training, he was accustomed to going to the Holy Bible for answered and guidance. He often prayed and put to the test his spiritual yearnings and questions. He read in the Bible each night. And with that background, he had questions and needed personal answers about which church he should join - and which one was right. He resorted to a quiet place in a grove of trees near his home and prayed sincerely for spiritual guidance. What happened surpassed his own expectations and anticipation. He was literally visited on that occasion by God the Father, and by His own son, even Jesus the Christ. On that occasion, he received a personal witness of the Holy Ghost that God is our Father, and that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. He viewed these glorious resurrected beings (who had once lived as mortals just as Joseph did then) and saw that they were separate and distinct individuals and that they had glorified and perfected bodies. Joseph learned from the Heavenly visitors in the grove that day - as they specifically addressed his questions - that here was not then one true church upon the earth. They admonished him to be faithful and gave him many instructions and commandments. They then called him to be a prophet saying that eventually through him, the true Church - along with the Priesthood authority to act in the name of Jesus - would be restored in its fullness upon the earth. True to their promises, many other heavenly messengers - even angels of glory - were sent to him to restore Priesthood authority that had been on the earth in dispensations past - but lost through the Apostasy of many hundreds of years. John the Baptist, even him who baptized the mortal Jesus came first restoring the preparatory, or Levitical or Aaronic Priesthood (held by the descendants of Aaron - brother of Moses). He came as a resurrected being - having been resurrected at the time that Jesus himself was resurrected following His own death. There came then, Peter, James, and John - the three chief Apostles whom the Lord Jesus, himself, had ordained in mortality. They too came as resurrected beings and laid their hands upon the head of Joseph Smith and an associate, Oliver Cowdery, and bestowed the higher or Melchizadek Priesthood (as was held by Moses, Adam, Abraham and other Old Testament Prophets). Joseph Smith was also visited by an angel who identified himself as Moroni - the last surviving prophet of the ancient American civilization. He guided Joseph to sacred records inscribed upon metal plates by prophets who lived on the American continent. Joseph was the instrument through whom the ancient scripture was translated. By instructions of the angel, the translated writings were published to the world as "The Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ". Acting in the authority of the Priesthood which had been given to him, and by command of Jesus and God the Father, Joseph organized the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which the Lord himself declared was His own restored Church. Joseph was the first prophet of the modern dispensation and he ordained Twelve Apostles who also were prophets, seers and revelators. And as those Apostles died, others have since been ordained - so that even today, we have a living prophet, even President Thomas S. Monson, who is likewise a Prophet, and who today holds the same Priesthood and authority as was restored to Joseph Smith under the direction of God and Christ. I have a personal testimony and witness of the Holy Ghost that Joseph was indeed the Lord's prophet chosen to restore the Church of Jesus Christ once more on the earth. I know that he was a prophet and that we have a prophet to lead and guide us today. I have been blessed by my knowledge of Joseph and prophets since his time. Show more Show less