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Hi I'm Kerry

I work as a database specialist for the military. I have a beautiful family in Arizona. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I went to the Japan Sendai mission (now devastated by a huge earthquake), and afterwards studied physics, mathematics and Japanese. I married a wonderful young lady, and we have five children. She died in 2007 after a long struggle with cancer, and I remarried about a year later. The "wicked" stepmother is a real blessing to me and the children. She and I are having a great time with the four younger ones still at home. My family is the biggest and best part of my life, and as you may imagine, I've developed a keen interest in those who have graduated to the far realm. I play with computers for the Army to make a living, and I'm grateful to have that chance in this economy.

Why I am a Mormon

There's a thousand reasons why I treasure this faith. The first thing that came to mind was my grandfather, at age 10 or 11 in Darbin Mississippi, a town which no longer exists. He had a vivid dream that he could not forget, about a tree, with delicious white fruit hanging from the branches. Eating the fruit filled him with joy, but there was a large, strange building filled with people who were pointing and laughing at the people by this beautiful tree. The missionaries came, and asked him to read the Book of Mormon. Imagine his delight 8 chapters in as he read, in detail, the exact dream given to him earlier! My grandfather told this story to his dying day. "I didn't have to read any farther to know that this book was true."

How I live my faith

In our family we place a high priority on scriptures and prayer. The children have been in the scriptures since birth, and know them very well. We read them as a family every night, and the children do their own reading during the day. What a dreary existence! you might think, but you would not think so to meet the children. They're happy and healthy, full of fun and laughter. They would welcome you with open arms. At this point I would be unable to convince them *not* to read the scriptures. Scriptures fill the soul with light, and make every person who gets acquainted with them more capable physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We've had various people over for an extended stay. They participate with us in Family Home Evening, church, prayer and scripture study. Not one of them has ever complained. It truly is a happy way to live. My dream would be to organize a network of living spaces for those unwanted by parents or other relatives. Also invited would be single or widowed mothers, recovering alcoholics or any other person who wanted to improve himself, but found it difficult due to circumstances beyond his control. I can't think of anything I would want more than this kind of sanctuary where every person would be treasured, cherished and expected to help. You would be amazed to find out how many people are "outcasts" in our world right now.