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Hi I'm Ken Crabtree

I'm a Mormon and a funloving grandfather.

About Me

I am a dad and a grandfather and enjoy my grandkids immensely. I love being out of doors, even pulling weeds in the yard, working on home remodel projects, playing a little tennis and getting away on long weekends with my wife. I spent most of my career in aerospace from bombers to fighters to the international space station. I recently moved to commercial manufacturing in the windows industry and enjoy the daily challenges of the diverse supply chains I manage.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. I was raised by Mormon parents but when I was 18 I found myself at a crossroads and needing to know for myself if a church that required so much more than most people thought prudent was something I wanted for my life. I found my answer in prayer and have never looked back, have never regretted that decision for even a moment in my life and have cherished the opportunities to become so much more than I could have ever made of myself.

How I live my faith

My most treasured service in the Church has been assisting someone dealing with challenging circumstances, whether youth or adult, from moving to burying a departed loved one to encouraging excellence to just being a friend. I love to hometeach and enjoy the interaction with the families. I thoroughly enjoyed my 25 years in leadership callings and found the sacrifices of time and effort to be more than compensated for in my life, spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally. These callings have pushed me well beyond my comfort levels, provided an education in leadership and stewardship, introduced me to wonderful community and religious leaders and provided me with frequent opportunities to teach and to share what makes me happy. I have also volunteered for several years at the district level in the Boy Scouts of America. Currently I serve as an advisor to the 16-18 year old young men, a calling that keeps me young and allows me the opportunity to mentor these young men through a critical transitional period of their lives. My goal is for each one to develop self-confidence, a foundation of faith and a willingness to serve others in their lives.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Ken Crabtree
No, but we do encourage members to be involved in the political process and to make informed decisions when voting, upholding those candidates that they judge to be men and women of integrity. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Ken Crabtree
Church doctrine proclaims the sanctity of human life. Abortion is considered a serious sin except in the case of the mother's health. This is in concert with the plan of a loving Heavenly Father to provide the means for all of his children to grow in faith and return to him. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ken Crabtree
Mormons are often considered non-Christian because we do not display crosses. I believe we are the most Christian of all Christian churches. We are lead by Jesus Christ through his living prophets. We rejoice in Christ. We covenant to always remember Him. I am personally grateful for Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. Because of Him I have the opportunity to return to my Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Ken Crabtree
The Church is invitational in that we invite all to come unto Christ. There is no coercion or pressure. The Lord has promised us answers to our prayers as we petition Him for guidance. To any with whom I discuss the Church I testify of its truthfulness, but I also say to them, "do not take my word for it, ask the Lord and let Him tell you just like He has told me". That is why the Church is growing, people recognize its goodness and they petition the Lord for direction. He does answer the humble and faithful prayer. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Ken Crabtree
Yes, the Bible has been with us for a long time, but if it was sufficient, then why the fighting among religious sects that proclaim the same source, the Bible? The restoration of the gospel was the restoration of revelation, of living prophets to assist us in dealing with the challenges of our day and to clarify the doctrines of the Bible. Having associated with some of them, I can testify to their goodness and their humble leadership which has blessed my life, all of my life. They are called of God and offer peace to a very troubled world. The restoration was also needed to bring back the Priesthood to the earth so that man could once again act in the name of God to bless his children. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Ken Crabtree
They are ecclesiastical jurisdictions based on geopraphy, that provides local leadership to the Church members. Through these church units order is established in the Church, members teach each other the doctrines of salvation and the ordinances of the Priesthood are administered. Each of these units are staffed by lay members who are called to lead, teach and preside by those in authority and under the inspiration of almighty God. Show more Show less