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Hi I'm Ken

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.

About Me

Early in my life, I served a mission in Manchester England. Later, after twenty years of service in the armed forces, I completed a bachelor's degree in computer science. During this time, our son served a Mandarin Chinese speaking mission in Taipai, Taiwan, then went on to becoming an electrical engineer in Huntsville, Alabama. Our daughter graduated from BYU, (which is the most beautiful campus I have seen), with a degree in journalism. They have both married wonderful people from their respective schools, our son's wife specialized in teaching special needs children, and our son-in-law, (who served a French speaking mission), has a degree in economics. I have taken up home repair as a hobby after a tornado touched our house. I am an aviation enthusiast. I am especially interested in finding ways to make general aviation more useful and affordable.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandfather joined the Church of Jesus Christ in Denmark and later built a beautiful garden home from an old horse pasture in the Salt Lake valley. I enjoyed going there to meet with my cousins Mike and Ruth Ann, who were my age, and had fun together. We explored the forest together and played games. We swung on a rope swing accross a canal, fed apples to the neighbors horses, and listened to good stories and heard personal and family experiences which promoted faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. My grandfather taught things from his heart. He spoke with me personally about how the Lord blessed him for paying tithing during the great depression while he struggled with a failing bakery business. With no prospect of selling out, upon paying his tithes, his business sold to a man with working-age children, who was better suited for success. I was impressed by the faith of our extended family, many of whom persued excellence in the arts, atheletics, education and service. Although in many ways I was a product of the 60's generation in which I was born, our family shared a belief in, and a yearning for the living God. We also held a belief in the eternal nature of family. As a young man, while I often sought the pleasures common in the world at the time, I found out that Jesus Christ, as a good shepherd would find me and lead me back through good friends, family members, and the chastisements and blessings of a loving God. I studied and prayed to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost accompanied my prayers, and taught me that the Bible and the Book of Mormon were indeed true witnesses of Christ. I saw that the former was the history of the tribe of Judah, while the latter was of the tribe of Joseph, spoken of in Ezekial 37. I learned that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. I felt the Savior's extremely great and powerful love towards me and to all of mankind. This is a taste of why I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I deployed in the military to various places away from family. I led in church positions during a year in Korea, seven months in Bosnia, and two years in Germany, (while my children were finishing high school and entering college). These deployments were like additional church missions to me. In Korea, I transformed my barracks into a peaceful place where friends from church would like to visit as a home away from home. We had many memorable times together listening to good music and discussing fun and inspiring topics together. We also enjoyed traveling to Seoul for church events and especially to visit the holy temple where families are married for eternity, and where many would like to visit for peace and serenity, and to feel close to heaven in the beautiful garden around the temple. Often planned church events would be threatened by military duty. I didn't ask to change a military assignment for church reasons. When I was needed to lead in the church, I turned the issue over to the Lord to sort out. It was inspiring to me, and even amusing how often my military assignments were inexplicably changed, which accomodated our church events. I recall writing to my wife about how often this happened. I wrote a letter to her about an upcoming military maneuver expected to take the whole company away, and thus threaten the church outing unless the Lord should intervene again. While writing this in my letter, my company commander walked into the room to tell me that I was to remain back to assist arriving soldiers, and that my weekend would be free. After he departed, I wrote that the miracle just happened again, which saved another church outing. In Bosnia, I had many missionary opportunities on guard duty. I even shared a Book of Mormon with a widow of Srebrencia who worked in the laundry. Later, an enterpreter said that the widow's young son loved reading that book so much that he couldn't put it down. I am now serving as a clerk in our home congregation.