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Hi I'm Ken

I'm Wisconsin born and bred and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for over 20 years to the same, awesome woman and we have four children. I love reading and music, particularly jazz from the 50's and 60's, and classic rock, especially the band Rush. In fact, the photo above is of me and two of my boys at a Rush concert in Minnesota. Yes, my oldest son on my right decided to wear his Packers jersey to the Minnesota State Fair that day. I've been in insurance sales since 2002 but have also worked in the world of high tech. Back in "the day" I even worked as radio disc jockey in both the rock and country markets. Another love of mine: eating, especially after grilling on the deck. Favorite thing to grill: baby back ribs, baby!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because 25 years ago a friend of mine challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and ask God if that book was true. I found out first-hand that Jesus's promise that His Father would send the Holy Ghost to teach us all things is still valid (see John 14:26). Through the power of the Holy Ghost I learned that the Book of Mormon is indeed the word of God. It is scripture and stands side by side with the Bible proclaiming to all the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and that eternal life with Him and our Heavenly Father comes to us in no other way but through Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ gives meaning and direction to my life. Through the years as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I've tried to center my life around the teachings of Jesus Christ, obey His commandments and follow His example. Like all of us, on some days I'm not as successful doing this as I'd like to be. But because of the great gift of repentance, I know that through Christ's sacrifice for me that I can be forgiven of my sins and have the Holy Ghost to guide me in some of life's most important decisions. My wife and I were married in the Church's Chicago, IL temple. Latter-Day Saints believe that a temple marriage lasts not just until "death do you part", but for eternity with your spouse and children. Because of that, as a couple, we tend to focus on long-term, eternal goals instead of bickering or quarreling over small, unimportant things that will not matter after we leave this mortal life. The bottom line is that living His gospel brings me joy and peace. And who wouldn't like a little more peace in their world?

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Ken
One of our strongest customs is that we attend church as a family every Sunday. I feel that one activity alone has done so much to strengthen our family. If you attend a Mormon worship service, you'll see the men and boys wearing ties (most of the men will be in suits) and the women and girls wearing skirts and dresses. But please know that *anyone* is welcome in a Mormon worship service no matter how they are dressed. Please come! Oh, and one other note on dress: please know we are NOT the people you see on TV wearing 19th century hairstyles and clothing every time there's a news story about a polygamous sect somewhere! We dress just like you. Some other important customs are having a weekly Family Home Evening where all members of the household put the rest of the world on hold and have time together for a gospel discussion followed by games, treats, etc. It's a special time to be together as a family, have fun and remember how much we love one another. Ok, yes there are times where it feels more like "Dysfunctional Family Home Evening" but most of the time we really enjoy being together! Other customs are daily family prayer and scripture reading as well as personal prayer and scripture reading. Holidays? You bet and we love 'em! Birthdays, Christmas, July 4th, Memorial and Labor Days, Halloween, Thanksgiving, you name it. Any excuse to get the grill out and cook those yummy baby back ribs! Show more Show less