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Hi I'm Kent

I'm a husband to a beautiful wife, a father to five great kids, a software engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 41, and I have been married to the love of my life for nearly 20 years. Together we have five great children, ages 9 to 17. They keep us busy, running between three different schools, band, sports, and church activities. I work as a software engineer for a small contracting company, and as a freelance software developer in my spare time. I love my work because it is a way to invent solutions to problems and to create things that help people. I tried a different career for a few years - in sales - but ended up returning to what I know best. I have a love-hate relationship with yard work. I hate to do it, but I love the way I feel after I've worked outside. I've tried working on my cars, but I have no patience for it. I have no idea how to build anything in my house, but I dream of someday doing something big, like adding on a room.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church. My great-great grandparents traveled to Utah as early Mormon Pioneers. However, there came a point in my life when, as a young adult, I came to know for myself that what I had been taught about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His restored church is true. Since then, I've observed that all the blessings I enjoy in my life, I have because of my trying to live the principles taught by the Church. Because of my beliefs, my family does not have to experience many of the troubling things we see so often in the news. I was taught to value education, and as a result, I have been able to find work when I have needed it. Because Church congregations are organized by neighborhoods, I know there are other people in my neighborhood who care about me and my family. It is also a blessing to care about others in the same way, and to have opportunities to help my children learn about serving others. But beyond what being a Mormon does for me, I am a Mormon because I have come to know for myself that God lives, and that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be my Savior. He knows about me and my family personally. God still calls prophets in our day. He allows me to help Him in His work of inviting all people to be closer to Him. I know that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can repent and be forgiven of my mistakes and shortcomings. Knowing this, I could not choose a different way of life and still be as happy as I am now. 

How I live my faith

While Christ gave us a charge to be perfect, I know He understands that is a lifelong process. I try to improve myself each day by recognizing where I have fallen short, and trying to improve. I try to be a good husband and father. My family is more important to me than my job or any other pursuit. I work hard at my job in order to have sufficient income and security to provide for my wife and children. Work, in and of itself, is good, and is good for the soul. My wife and I try to teach our children how to work and how to solve their own problems. I make it a point to study from the scriptures every day. Some study sessions are better than others. I have found that a daily habit of study and prayer is helping me be more aware of where I should place my focus as my wife and I lead our family. I try to serve diligently in the Church when asked to do so. It is difficult sometimes to find the right balance between spending time in Church responsibilities and spending time in family activities. I want my children to know how much I value my membership in the Church, and how much of my life I am giving to my Father in Heaven. I hope that my example will inspire my children to have the same goals for their lives.