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Hi I'm John Kinney

At the age of 47 I joined the Church, 23 years ago. I grew up Catholic, but knew there was "something missing."

About Me

I was raised as a Catholic and was active as an altar boy, and went to Catholic school. My family moved to Utah when I was 19 but I wanted nothing to do with the Mormon Church. My wife and I were married in 1965, while I was in the U.S. Marine Corps. My wife was active and raised our two children as Mormons, but I didn't want any part of any church. I literally threw the missionaries out of the house one evening. Life went by and after many "bumps in the road" I decided to go back to some church. I called a friend ,who I had met playing Mormon church basketball, and over the course of a few months learned enough about the Mormon Church to realize I wanted to be Baptized. The missionaries came to our home to give me the first lesson. At the end of the first meeting they asked if I would like to be baptized. When I said yes, and we set a date, my wife was overwhelmed. I have never regretted that decision. I am still far from perfect, but through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I know that if I keep trying I can one day live with Heavenly Father. Life has gotten so much better for my family and me because of that decision. My wife and I served a 1 year senior mission at the Tennessee Nashville Mission. It was a phenomenal experience, which allowed us to serve others, while gaining much stronger testimonies for ourselves. We were assigned as Employment Resource Missionaries. The Lord has blessed me in unbelievable ways during these last 25 years. This is truly His Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember in 2nd or 3rd grade asking the nun teaching our class a question about the Catholic Church's position on something. Her answer was that I shouldn't ask that kind of question. (Those of you that attended Catholic school in the 1950s will know what I mean). I would like to testify in the strongest way I can that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church on the earth. I know that is true, and I know that if you are seeking a church you can find this out for yourself, with a little study, and prayer. I hardly know everything about the LDS Church, and don't expect to know everything in this lifetime, but I know enough to know the church is true, that Heavenly Father loves me, and my family, (and all of you). I also know that if I do the best I can, which is not anywhere near perfection, then through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can one day return to live with my family. I would never claim to know all there is to know about Heavenly Fathers's Plan of Salvation, nor do I expect to totally understand all the implications of Christ's Atonement, but I am sure of this: I have never found an inconsistency in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and can testify that I know it is the true church and say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day, sometimes not as successfully as I would like, but I try. The most rewarding part of living my faith is by serving others, as we are taught by the Book of Mormon that when we are in the service of others we are also in the service of our God. There is no paid ministry in the church, so it is up to members to minister to others. I get to be a "Home Teacher" meaning I have 4-5 families that I see on at least a monthly basis, or as needed. I have helped move people, done plumbing, visited people in prison, and many other things. Funniest was when I was visiting a sister, with my wife, who had a short in her hot water heater. When I looked there was a mouse inside, so foolishly I reached in to get the dead mouse. My wife still laughs about how I yelled, " the mouse bit me" before I realized I had gotten "zapped" through the mouse. I teach a class at the Sumner County Prison in Tennessee for inmates who are going home. This is a program that successfully teaches people how to change their lives, so they will become productive members of society. I also volunteer at the Red Cross in Nashville.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

John Kinney
I only wish that I had been a member when my children were young, and know that I would have been a much better parent. I consider that my wife and I are equals. We compliment each other in our temporal and our spiritual lives. One without the other would be incomplete. I'm grateful that I have been a member since just before my first grandchild was born, and know that it has made me a much better grandparent. Show more Show less