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Hi I'm Kenneth

Even though all of my ancestors, dating to the mid 1800s were Mormons, my conversion to the gospel is ongoing.

About Me

I am soon to turn 60, hopefully 2/3 of the way through my life. That is, if I succeed in following the examples of my father and mother. I have a very good wife and seven children, three of whom she brought to the marriage and four that have been born to us since. They are now growing into adulthood and I really enjoy their progress and helping them to find themselves. It takes a long time mature and grow up and find your niche in life. I have had a varied and challenging career, with a good deal of education along the way. Actually, it boils down to five degrees in diverse fields: music, accounting, business, economics and politics, and education. Ironically, the field that interests me the most is biology, particularly the ways organisms make use of information. With everything I have learned in educational and scientific pursuits, I am impressed both with what we know and what is still beyond our comprehension. In this we should all be humble about the limits of knowledge while not being apologetic for what we do know. My most important work is in how we learn to recognize valid, useful practices so that they can be accurately repeated. I am sure that this commitment is largely influenced by my membership in and participation with the Church. We understand that above all, there must be some form of order in all things. Well, we learn that there is an order in all things. That which we call chaos is something that we do not yet understand.

Why I am a Mormon

First off, I was raised by wonderful parents and by their parents and brothers and sisters and within a truly remarkable community. They were Mormon. Well, in the community they weren't all Mormon, but most were and the values of the Church were predominant. They provided examples and teachings that set me on a course that has at times has been difficult, but that has been satisfying and rewarding. Probably a more important question is why I have stayed a Mormon. I have seen many other ways of life. I have known people that have good lives, who are good benefactors and who are responsible and who show signs of happiness. There have been times when Church activity has been difficult. Nonetheless, it is inconceivable to be to give up the opportunity to take the Sacrament on Sunday, to renew my covenants with the Lord and to feel the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. This is something that is very real, a weekly form of spiritual renewal. There is no other place on earth where this important ordinance can be performed knowledgeably and with the proper authority than in a Mormon sacrament meeting.

How I live my faith

Wow. Well, I do try. One thing that has helped is to branch out in my reading of the scriptures to three streams. I am reading through the Old Testament in one the New Testament in another. I just loop through them once they are finished. It is amazing how this brings the scriptures to life. To this I combine a reading of the additional scriptures of the restored Gospel, what refer to as the Triple Combination, which includes the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. This really calls attention to commonalities and relationships among the people, the histories, the doctrines, and the prophesies found in each. There are many connections that give rise to understanding of our conditions and opportunities now. It is better than any full immersion, 3D video game, I am sure. More important than that is that these histories are real, with deep significance for us individually and all together. Also, we serve in the Church and in the neighborhood in a number of ways. It is a part of our way of life. I teach a class in church each week on doing genealogy, studying our ancestors and their histories. I also teach a doctrinal class to other older men in our congregation once a month. With another member, I visit a couple of men in the congregation that are really not active in the faith, but are members. One is a professional botanist and the other is a man with a difficult life and a terminal disease. We visit with them and try to help them as friends and neighbors.

What is being a Mormon like?

There are assumptions built into membership in the Mormon Church that may or may not exist elsewhere. Early in my career, I had two business partners, neither of whom was Mormon, though they participated in other churches. At one point, we decided that we needed additional funding, so I asked my father for help. He declined, saying that he wished me well, but that I had chosen partners with incompatible values. He proved to be insightful. It became clear that my partners and I had very different concepts of the term "truth". To them, "truth" was whatever sounded good. They even made up stories that weren't as good as the truth. We were venture capitalists. At one point, one of my partners called me aside and said, "you need to stop talking about 'building companies'. If a company were to cease to exist the day after we got our money out, we would have done our job." "Perhaps", I responded, "but we would be guilty of selling a very shoddy product indeed, and that would catch up to us". In Mormon doctrine, we learn that the most distinctive punishments are reserved for those who "love and make a lie", while eternal rewards are reserved for those who revere and embrace the truth. This is fundamental to Mormonism, a means of guiding our daily lives. Are there Mormons who tell lies? I am sure that there are. Well, actually, I have witnessed a few. The point is, though, that living by the truth in all of its forms is central to Mormonism and the Latter-Day Saint way of life. Show more Show less