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Hi I'm Kip W. Jenkins

I'm a Husband, Father, Grandfather, a college educator, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a lifetime member of the LDS Church. My grandfathers include Newel K. Whitney, Heber C. Kimball, Shadrack Roundy and Thomas Jenkins, all who were friends with Joseph Smith. My parents are from Idaho and Utah. I have three sisters and a younger brother. I am married to a wonderful woman who I love with all my heart. We have been married for 35 years and have six children and 12 grandchildren. I am an educator, having received a BA from Boise State University, majoring in human communication; an MA from the University of Utah in organizational communication; and have a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in Family Studies with an emphasis on religion and family and family communication. I teach college students both on and off campus at the Univeristy of Idaho. My wife and I along with family members enjoy walking, biking, tennis, traveling and gardening. We live in a home which is 100 years old which has been nominated to be on the US National Registry of Historic Places.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ because I believe in God who is a personal Father - literally a "Father in Heaven." I know I, and all other people who walk the face of this earth are his literal spirit children, created and fostered by Him in a perfect family setting in a pre-mortal life experience. I know that this Father of us all was also the Father of Jesus Christ, and Christ, as Paul states was his "first-born" child in the spirit (see Col. 1:15) and the "only-begotten" in the flesh (see John 1:14) and was sent to so mankind would not perish (see John 3:16-17). I am convinced that following a great apostasy from the fullness of truth, God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ restored the fullness of the gospel to Joseph Smith, who was an instrument in their hands to bring back all the knowledge, ordinances, power and commandments necessary for mankind in the Latter-days. In short, I am a Mormon because it brings me, my wife and family, a fullness of joy!

How I live my faith

My wife and I faithfully attend church every week, enjoying participating in religious ordinances such as communion, and listening to speakers and teachers. We volunteer giving service to the Church. My wife is the leader of the women's auxiliary organization which focuses on giving relief to others, and I help our church leader in "executive" matters as his personal secretary.