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Hi I'm Kea

I'm a father, a husband, and a Hawaiian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a beautiful wife and we have 5 wonderful children the oldest is 12 and the youngest is 2. We live in Hawai'i, where the cost of living is very high, but we have faith and do succeed in raising our children here in the Gospel. Being Hawaiian and being members of the Church are two flavors of identity that create a synergy for our marriage and our relationship with our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church after high school. Before joining the Church, I felt a need to be better. I thought that the Church is a good thing, but had been taught differently growing up. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover, and thought that it was a good book, but didn't receive that witness I needed. I was told by someone I considered to be a great example to me to read the book "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder", and was able to connect my understanding of what my relationship was at the time with my God to what the LDS religion believes. I then had the tools I needed to, as Moroni 10:3-5 promises, "ask with real intent." I knelt one evening, as a 17 year old boy, and prayed to know if this Gospel was true. As I poured out my heart, I received a special witness from our Father that the Gospel is indeed true my relationship with him is as Father and son my relationship with Jesus Christ is as Older Brother to younger brother as Savior to a lost sheep there was opportunity for me to have that feeling with me... that wonderful witness and feeling... the power of the Holy Ghost, to be with me not just for a moment, but as often as I was worthy to have it. It was at this point, on my knees, in the living room of my home, years ago, that has changed the course of my life dramatically, of which I am so deeply grateful.

How I live my faith

We feel that it's important to be good examples to those who we work with/ come in contact with. We are heavily involved in our children's activities. We have opportunities to visit people and help them with various needs, including helping those less fortunate, helping those who have lost someone or something, and teaching the youth and younger children about being better and loving their Father in Heaven.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kea
Not at all. Or perhaps the answer is "yes", but probably not in the way you may think. Leaving home, putting on a name tag, and serving a "full time mission" is definitely not a requirement. However, missions in life can vary. For example, my wife has served faithfully for 13 years as a mother. She has not served a full time mission, but she is surely serving a mission to touch the lives of our beautiful young children. Don't get me wrong... I served a full time mission, and do know that for a 19 year old young man, serving a full time mission is one of the best possible things he can do. There is no college course, no technical school, no employment opportunity, no service opportunity, that teaches more about how to work, how to love, how to prepare for marriage, more about our relationship with our Heavenly Father... nothing is better than serving a full time mission. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Kea
Because we believe in the Bible as exactly what it is, it is a sacred record about our Heavenly Father and his plan of salvation for each of us, just as the Book of Mormon. It contains accounts of inspired writings and history of people who live the Gospel, how to live the Gospel, and in some instances, how not to live the Gospel. The basis of my understanding of our Father in Heaven has come from the Bible. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kea
Because our Father in Heaven is just. He is a loving, caring, righteous Father who only wants the very best for his children. What a wonderful plan that our Father has made, to provide us with this opportunity to be taught about the Gospel at some point in our existence including after we die, and then to be able to receive these steps... these ordinances. I can't imagine a plan without a way for those who have died to receive these ordinances. Show more Show less

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

Kea
Church services are a time to reconnect with our friends, remind ourselves and renew our commitments we've made previously, feel the Spirit, and learn. We are taught about ways to strengthen our relationship with our Father and his children. We are taught about how to be better people. The services are for all. We usually dress in a way to not cause distraction to others in attendance, so we dress modestly. Many male members wear a white shirt and tie, but you need not war that to attend our meetings. Visitors are always invited to our Sunday meetings. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Kea
To me and being a guy, I relate to analogies that are more physical, and apply this way of thinking even to my understanding of faith. Faith to me is like a muscle... the more I exercise it, the stronger it gets. The more I believe and have hope in our Savior, the more he gives me in terms of a stronger testimony of Him, and the more I can then do with that faith. So, the more I read the scriptures, the stronger I get. The more I pray, the stronger I get. The more I serve, the stronger I get. Show more Show less