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Hi I'm Kent

I am the youngest son of a World War II army veteran and a registered nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are the parents of five children and four grandchildren. Together we enjoy cooking, traveling, shopping, the performing arts and, most of all, spending time with our family. I currently work for a QA software engineer, having spent the past 20+ years providing system-level testing and technical support for enterprise-level products. I enjoy going to the theater and performing arts (Cirque du Soleil, off-broadway shows, concerts and dance reviews seem to top the list ) sports of all kinds (spectating primarily) handcrafting leather, reading, working out ("Insanity" is currently the routine du jour), movies (science fiction, mystery and action/adventure mainly) cooking (OK, I'm my wife's soux-chef in reality) and spoiling our grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many competing and even conflicting opinions and philosophies in the world regarding who I am and how I should live out my life. Being a Mormon--a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--has provided me with a complete, unchanging knowledge as to my very existence and for the purpose of my existence. These truths have helped me to understand for myself not only who I am and why I exist at this time and place, but they have also helped me to understand who I was before I was born to this earth, what will happen to me hereafter and what I am able to become and to attain after my earth life has ended. Being a Mormon has put my entire existence and potential into perspective. Following the precepts of the gospel contained within the Mormon faith has also given me guidance for avoiding those things that might bring me immediate pleasure but which have no long-lasting satisfaction or reward--things which could also prove to have long-term, undesirable consequences. My belief in the doctrines and principles of the gospel, as found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is not based solely on a intellectual examination (though I have found that, from a pragmatic stance, being a Mormon just makes logical sense.) Rather, my convictions and beliefs come from first having proved them through experimentation and experience--simply giving them a try. Second, and most importantly, my convictions and beliefs are also based in receiving a witness from the Spirit of God after asking Him in sincere pray if the things which I had been taught, had studied and had been putting into practice were of Him and were true. I have received such a witness and can bear testimony that they are indeed true. I would simply invite you to do the same as well.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a bishop for a congregation of 170 young, married college students on the Brigham Young University (BYU) campus. This unique congregation provides these young men and women with unique opportunities to serve in the church in a variety of capacities and to gain valuable leadership experience. This type of congregation also allows these couples to meet, worship and socialize with others who are having the very same experiences that they are--the struggles and successes of being newly married, providing for their own needs and striving to complete their education. By meeting together in this way, these young couples are able to strengthen and support one another through the many highs and lows that come from such a venture. They are wonderful men and women, full of faith, hope, charity and devotion to the Savior, Jesus Christ. I am lifted up and made a better person just by my being around them. I am proud to be able to serve and worship among them.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kent
As do other Christians, Mormons, as students of the Holy Bible, teach and talk much about the prophets and other great men and women whom god has called to perform various works on behalf of His children. We praise the work and honor the names of Adam, Eve, Moses, Noah, Ruth, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Esther, John the Baptist, Peter, James, John and Paul to name but a few. Likewise, Mormons accept Joseph Smith as a prophet of God--a man whom God called to perform a work for Him on behalf of His children. Consequently, as with those before him, we honor and praise the work which the Lord accomplished through Joseph Smith, the prophet. However, we do not worship the man, Joseph Smith. In accordance with biblical instructions, we pray to our Father in Heaven in the name of Jesus Christ. It is our Father in Heaven, the god of us all, and His son, Jesus Christ whom we worship and give sacred adoration. Show more Show less