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Hi I'm Kerry

I'm a Mormon. I live in Pennsylvania and joined the church when I was 51

About Me

I am the father of three grown children, who are almost all out of the house. Yet my wife and I seem to be busier now than we've ever been before. I just finished a Master's degree and will be starting a second career in the next few years.

Why I am a Mormon

I searched for many years for the church that I read about in the New Testament but was never able to find that church, that is until I visited the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I knew this was His church when I saw it in action. As someone said to me when we were discussing my search, "You knew His voice was calling you, you just didn't know where it was coming from." This is His church. I should have known because it is right in the name of the church. It is the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am the Bishop of my Ward in the church and this is a real blessing because I have the opportunity to fellowship with different age groups. But better yet, I have the privilege of seeing them work with and support each other as they worship the Lord and when they work together and socialize with each other.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kerry
Mormon Church services are simple, respectful, worship services. We reverence God, our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We call the main meeting each week Sacrament Meeting because we take the sacrament, referred to as communion in other churches, every week. As we do, we renew the covenants we made with our Lord at Baptism. Namely, to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ and to build His kingdom. Visitors are always welcome to come to any of the meetings of the church. If you would like to attend church, call the local meetinghouse and ask what time the Sacrament Meeting starts. Often, there are several Wards that meet in the same building so there will be several times available. You should expect to meet happy people who will be glad to make your acquaintance. Show more Show less

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

Kerry
As a Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I encourage members to study the issues and the candidates and then vote their conscience. The Church does not endorse any political party or candidate and the members are free to choose whomever they believe would be best. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Kerry
We believe that just as John the Baptist was given authority to baptize, we also must receive the authority from God to baptize others. The priesthood authority was reestablished in the world when Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver Cowdery received it from the hand of John the Baptist, resurrected and still serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kerry
When Mormons speak about their testimony, what they really mean is that they are telling you what they know in their hearts to be true. A testimony, to us, is not necessarily our life's story although some of that may be there because of how we came to know the gospel of Jesus Christ and to recognize that it is true. It is, however, what we know to be true in our heart of hearts because of the witness of the Holy Ghost and the scriptures and the words of President of the Church and the Apostles. Show more Show less