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Hi I'm Kels

The Lord has been kind to me.

About Me

I like learning new things. Formal schooling has been a big part of my life, but insights can just as easily be had in Sports Illustrated or the Wall Street Journal. I used to play more golf and basketball than I do now, but I still enjoy watching a lot and playing some. Faith and family are central to who I am. I believe that God helps me in everything I do, and I believe that anything good in my life can be traced back to Him and to a good wife and kids, parents, and brothers and sisters.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Bible and its teachings. The story of the mortal life of Jesus as found in the King James Version is my favorite part of the Bible, but almost every page strengthens me and helps me. Recenly I've finished rereading the Old Testament; its stories of the people of God and how God helped his people are inspiring. Prophets were always available to free the people. Those prophets revealed His word to Israel and all who cared to listen. They guided believers in God's path. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His word is again brought forth by a living prophet. He frees me and all believers through another witness of Christ, the Book of Mormon. I have read that book as many times as I have read the Bible, and each supports and clarifies the other. Together they teach me that our Father in Heaven is a real, living being that loves me. That His Son, Jesus Christ, died for me and was rose again to show me the way. The Holy Ghost has witnessed to me of these things. That is why I am a member of this church.

How I live my faith

The small things are the important things. Playing catch with my son or taking my wife or daughters on dates are ways that I try to live my faith. Helping a neighbor move or taking some food to a sick friend are not to be missed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is run by member volunteers, and I am one of those. I help with my congregation's youth programs. I am privileged to hold the priesthood of God, and so I get to visit the sick at home or in the hospital to bless by the laying on of hands. One of the greatest things I get to do is to watch over, to shepherd a few local families. My family in turn is watched over by another who has the same responsibility. That means that each member helps another, and is helped by someone else. The resulting sense of community and love is something that sustains me and my family.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The way I know that the Church is true is by studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon to know something of God's word. I then ask Him if what I read is true. By his Spirit, He gives me comfort and peace that what I read comes from Him. That is something that I try to do every day, even though I have now been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. Daily I read, sometimes a little, sometimes a bit more. I then ask in prayer if what I have read is His will. I ask Him to show me how I can use it in my life. And when I do so, I am strengthened in Christ and know better that God lives, that He loves me, and that this is his church. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I do believe that he communicates through a living prophet today, just as he has for thousands of years. The people who lived in Noah's time needed to hear God's word for their time, since their needs were different than their parents' or grandparents' needs. Israelites living in Egypt needed to listen to Moses, since Noah's or Abraham's words wouldn't help Israel with their current problems. I believe that Christ revealed to Peter how to run His church after his crucifixion, including that the gospel should be taught to Cornelius and taken to the gentiles. Today Jesus reveals His word to the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That word helps me in my life and can bless the lives of all who will listen to the Lord’s prophet. Show more Show less