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Hi I'm Kevin!

I'm in dental school, and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors, Utah Jazz, Utah Utes and playing sports! You can find me striping long drives down green fairways, shredding the fresh Utah powder snow, wakeboarding/water skiing the warm waters of Lake Powell, losing my voice at a Ute football game or getting banged up in a weekly church basketball game. Among other things, I am a father-to-be in 4 months and can hardly wait! Amidst the struggles and challenges that come with being a first year dental student and balancing family life, school, church callings, personal life, and community service, adding a child to the mix will be such a blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of the LDS faith because in a world so full of hate, sin and oppression, the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ offers peace, direction, and happiness. I know where I came from before life on earth, I know why I'm here and what my purpose is, and I know where I have the potential of going after life here concludes. It's a great blessing to know that the trials we face here on this earth do serve a purpose and that if we take those challenges and overcome them through the help of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored to this earth, we have the potential of returning to the presence of our Heavenly Father with our families as a forever family. Being a member of the Church isn't always easy because people view us as the people who "can't drink", "can't party", "can't have premarital sex", "wear funny looking underwear", or "are just plain weird". Although the world see's us as those who "can't", I see it in a completely different light. I see the commandments from the Lord to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and premarital affairs with the opposite sex as great blessings. They are to protect us and lead us to happiness. There are great promises given to those who covenant to obey these commandments and truths. I have been greatly blessed for choosing to live the gospel standards. The Lord wants us to be happy, and desires our salvation. I know that it is through living his Gospel, and following his teachings, that happiness can be attained. I'm grateful that we are so lucky to have a living Prophet on the earth today that is like Noah, Abraham, and Moses of Old Testament times. President Thomas S Monson speaks for and in behalf of the Lord and teaches us, just as the Prophets of old did, that happiness, peace, and salvation all come in and thru Christ. Whether in class, at home, or traveling the world, being a Mormon is fun and brings so many blessings. I don't know where I would be without it in my life.

How I live my faith

When I wake up each morning, I ask the Lord to help me be better than I was the previous day. Whether that means having cleaner/nicer thoughts, speaking kinder words, or seeking to give more service, it is all the same. The Gospel of Christ and the attributes that the Savior possesses allows me to realize how imperfect I am and how much I have to work on internally. I love that aspect of life here on earth. There is ALWAYS something to improve and perfect. I try to live in a way that the Savior lived and I'm constantly improving because of it. By thinking of others and becoming more selfless I realize that these are the things that make me happy. The world needs more peace and harmony and I feel it a necessity to help it become that way. So I contribute what little I can to that cause.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kevin!
Short answer to a great question: No. Joseph Smith played an intricate role in helping to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth after a period of time in which the Gospel was not present. The definition for such a time is Apostasy. This literally means a time in which religious beliefs are abandoned and the authority to lead the Gospel (Priesthood) is withheld from the Children of God on the earth. The Great Apostasy occurred when Jesus Christ was crucified and his 12 Apostles were killed. From that time until the time of Joseph Smith in 1820, the Gospel was distorted and corrupted by wicked men. In 1820, Joseph Smith was visited personally by God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. They instructed him and told him that he would be the means by which they would restore the Gospel in it's fulness back to the earth. From this experience, he was called to be a Prophet. He would teach the world with the same calling that Noah, Moses, and Abraham had. Because of this experience, and the Gospel essentially being restored BACK to the earth through Joseph Smith, we revere, honor, and respect him. However, we do not worship him. We worship our Lord and Savior, Master and King, head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less