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Hi I'm Kerry

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an architect, father, grandfather, business owner, avid photographer, and lacrosse fan. I grew up in the Midwest, a member of another faith, converting to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 30 when I met a member at work. Now, happy and resilient, my faith has enabled me to triumph over experiences that some might have felt would adversely effect the quality of their lives including abuse, same-sex attraction and Parkinson's Disease, yet, if there is anything I have learned it's that every experience in this life teaches us something useful if we but carefully look to find what that is. Having the gospel in my life has enabled me to be more grateful, compassionate, kind and accepting of the differences in others, recognizing that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, no matter how great our differences might seem on the surface. As I have gotten older, my faith has made me less self-centered and materialistic and more focused on making the world a better place, one person at a time. I have a great life. While my faith promises that, if I am obedient to all the commandments of God, I can return and live with Him again someday, an equally great blessing is the peace that it brings me in a turbulent and uncertain world. I know who I am -- I am a child of God. Regardless of whatever circumstances, challenges and trials I face in this life, I know that I have the ability to choose my response to them and, that, makes all the difference.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have studied the scriptures and the doctrine and, as an educated man with advanced graduate degrees, concluded that it all makes sense. On a cold winter day in 1984, having studied the faith and its members for more than two years, I knelt down to ask whether or not I should join this church and willing to accept whatever answer I received. The sure knowledge of an answered prayer was a physical sensation I had never before experienced and it was sufficiently overwhelming that it could not be denied. I am grateful to be a member of this church because it makes me feel safe, better and happier than I would have ever thought possible. Everything good about my life today would simply not exist without my decision to be baptized as a member of this Church.

How I live my faith

For the past 28 years I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have served without pay in various leadership roles, including leading a men's group of 100+ people, helping to lead a congregation of almost 700, organizing missionary activities, helping the local region anticipate and prepare for all kinds of natural and man-made disasters and emergencies and coordinating the employment assistance programs of 13 different congregations throughout the region. Each of these assignments has revealed skills and talents that I never even knew that I had and given me the chance to serve and love people that were vastly different than me in socio-economic, cultural, racial, and other arenas, as well as allowing me to interact with people from more than 60 different countries and 12 different faiths. Regardless of what position or capacity that I have served in, one thing has always been clear to me -- that God knows and loves His children individually and sends people like me into their lives to help Him help them in whatever ways they might need at the moment.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon, a record of Christ's teachings to and dealings with the ancient peoples of the American Continent, provides a second witness to the Bible that not only did Jesus Christ live, but he lived, died and was resurrected as was foretold by the ancient prophets and as, He, Himself, promised during his time here on earth. Show more Show less