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Hi I'm Kevin

I love finding adventure all around me, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Here’s a little more about me, Kevin. I grew up in Texas. I’ve lived on four continents, traveled to almost all of the U.S. states and 12 other countries (not including airport layovers), went to college in Utah, and taught English in China for a year. I currently live and work in Arizona doing PR for an art gallery. I describe myself as an everyday adventurer and blogger, an amateur photographer, a professional communicator, and as a lover of both visual and performed arts. I have been blessed to travel the world and United States as a performer in a boys choir, as the stage manager for a university performance troupe, in various roles with other formal programs and tours, and on my own, and I have loved every minute of experiencing new cultures, new places and new people. As I told my students in China, my favorite activity or my hobby is traveling. I plan to continue trotting the globe having many adventures along the way finding the good in all the world around me.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people would think that I am Mormon because I was born into a Mormon family. This is only half true. My parents did teach me the gospel, and I did go to church as a child. I believed it was true. But just like everyone must do at one point in their life, I had to gain my own testimony of what I had been taught while growing up. At age 16 I attended a youth camp and began reading the New Testament each day before I went to sleep. When I finished the New Testament, I took on the Book of Mormon. This was an enlightening experience that I should have had earlier in life, but it is definitely better late than never. At the end of the Book of Mormon there is a challenge issued by the last author, Moroni. He says that if anyone wants to know the truth of the book all he has to do is ask God in faith and he will know the truth of it through the Holy Spirit. I did this and gained a witness of the truth of that book. At that point I had strong beliefs that everything I had been taught was true about the Church, Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith. A few years later, I, like many other young men in the Church, chose to serve a mission. At the Missionary Training Center where I was learning more about the gospel. At one point I became extremely discouraged and second guessed my choice to serve a mission. I could not honestly say I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet and had restored the true church of Jesus Christ to the earth again. That night I read Smith's story again and pleaded with my Father in Heaven to know if it were true. After that night, I could testify to anyone that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God he had restored the Church of Christ to the earth with all of the priesthoods, authorities, ordinances and covenants of the New Testament church. He saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. There is a living prophet who leads and guides the Church today and anybody can know that, as I do, if they have faith and ask God in humble prayer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments, trying to make life better and happier for those around me, and by doing my best in all that I do. In the Church I have served in many ways - as a teacher in the Sunday School, as the leader of my youth group, as a secretary to our congregation's leader, as a leader of a small branch of members, as a missionary and in many other ways. I currently serve as the leader of the member missionaries in my congregation. In this position, I coordinate missionary efforts with the full-time missionaries assigned to our branch.

Are Mormons Christians?

Kevin
I am a Christian, and I am Mormon. I believe in Christ and that he is our Redeemer and Savior. He is God's Son. This is the central tenant to our faith. Everything else that is taught either leads us back to Jesus or is only made possible because He made it possible. All of the prophets teach and testify of Him and all of the scriptures bear witness that He is the Son of God. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kevin
All members of the Church are not required to serve a mission. It is a choice that we have just like anything else we do. Young men are encouraged to serve at the age of 19, and it has been said that all worthy men of this age should serve but sometimes there are reasons why some do not serve. I chose to serve because I wanted to share the knowledge I had of our heavenly Father's love for all of his children. I have friends that did not serve but they have strong testimonies and are worthy, active members of their congregations. If someone is considering serving a mission, I would highly recommend it. It was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Show more Show less