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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Computer Programmer in the Computer Storage industry. I love my wife and our two children (who are getting us started into the challenges of the teenage years). Though I don't have a lot of extended family living nearby I greatly appreciate continued interactions with them from time to time. I live in California, but was fortunate for a period of time to live in South America and to have developed a genuine interest in learning about and gaining an understanding of the cultures and philosophies of the world. I continue to be fascinated at the priorities and viewpoints from which we each approach life based upon the frameworks of our personal cultures and up-bringings. I also enjoy reading, bike riding, and engaging in play and activities with our children.

Why I am a Mormon

In my case I was fortunate to have a long line of fore-fathers who were Mormons. However, as I journeyed through the last half of my teenage years I questioned within myself: Of all of the many Churches in the world, what are the odds that the one Church in which I had been raised contained the fullness of God's truths? From a statistical standpoint the odds did not seem very likely. By utilizing the same tools available to all of God's children here upon the Earth: I studied, I pondered, and I prayed, giving full consideration to the possibility of these truths actually being true. Through the power of the Holy Ghost it was revealed to my mind and to my heart that it really is the case that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God -- that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, did in fact visit him and speak to him. That through this prophet the Lord Jesus Christ did bring the full measure of His truths back to the Earth. And that these truths were worth whatever price they required on my part. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for His guidance and love. He has made inspiration and the influence of the Holy Ghost something for which we are not only entitled, but obligated in fact, to seek after. Learning truths of an eternal nature in such a meaningful and soul-stirring way becomes very liberating and a great and tremendous source of hope. I am a Mormon because of an inner knowledge which has been kindled within my soul through open and honest prayer and contemplation upon the things of eternity. I testify that our Lord Jesus Christ has re-established His Church once again upon the Earth in its fullness.

How I live my faith

Reading and pondering the scriptures is of daily importance. I've found that one simple act of daily study to be the difference between drifting towards instead of away from my Savior. In addition frequent communion with God, directing my thoughts often towards Him, and to maintain continually an attitude of gratitude -- always striving to look for the good in people and external circumstances helps to foster great growth and a peaceful joy. Great good can be done by the simple act of communicating and fostering feelings of goodwill towards others in my daily walk. It is also soul-building to periodically engage in service opportunities and sometimes as a result I feel like I helped to lift someone else's life to a better point, but in reality I find that it is my life that is lifted and deeply blessed. In fact, it was during a period in my life of significant discouragement that I discovered the counter-intuitive truth that service to others is one of the great keys to finding the solutions to our own problems and challenges.

Are Mormons Christians?

Kevin
I remember vividly the first time I was faced with this question over 30 years ago. I was flabbergasted that such a proposition could even be proposed. The name of the church itself is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the label "Mormon" is just a nickname). It was explained to me later, that yes it is the same name as Jesus Christ but it is not the same Jesus Christ in which I believe. The thought then entered my head of one of sadness, that I felt sorry if there are some that claim that they do not believe in the same Jesus Christ in which I believe. The Jesus Christ in which I believe is full of love, lived a life of a perfect example, and atoned for my sins, and for the sins of all mankind that we might live with Him and become one with Him even as He is one with the Father. The Jesus Christ in which I believe is the fundamental bedrock of my faith. In fact, it is in my vested interest, and the interest of all men to know who He is (John 17:3), and by this I don't think it means to just know some "facts" about Him, but to "know" Him to the point where we begin to think as He would think, to act as He would act, to become one with Him as He is one with the Father of us all. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kevin
Some people feel that they aren't the type to have spiritual experiences. However, one of the remarkable promises in the Book of Mormon is right at the end of the book. In Moroni 10:3-5. The final prophet in the Book of Mormon explains what is required to receive a witness through the power of the Holy Ghost regarding the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Something which any man, woman, or youth, upon this Earth can follow. This is an opportunity for you to experience something unique, to have a spiritual experience. Show more Show less