Hi I'm Kerry
I am also on Linkedin I have my own sharpening business I have 3 children, who are all returned missionaries and married.
Why I am a Mormon
I was baptized at the age of eight, and became converted fully over the years. As I served in the priesthood, and went on a 2 year mission, my testimony grew. As Jesus Christ did so much for each one of us, it is important to serve others, and our Heavenly Father to add to his glory, and try to pay back the debt we owe to Christ. My dad had a persistent friend who would invite him to Church every week, after he went a few times he was hooked. He and Mom were eventually sealed in the temple for time and eternity. My one sister & I were sealed to them as an eternal family. Once you realize that we can return to live with Heavenly Father, you will do whatever it takes to please Him and return to Him with honor.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
A good choice is like the big branch of a tree. As you choose, a smaller branch appears, and then another right choice, a smaller branch. We can always go back (free agency) but our good choices give a history of doing right, and it becomes easier to do the right thing the next time there is a choice. Enough good deeds and right choices lead us back to Heavenly Father.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I know that Jesus & Heavenly Father live, and care about us. I know the the Scriptures & the gospel are true. We have a living prophet, and Joseph Smith, Moses, Adam, John the Baptist, Isaiah and others were prophets as well. I know that thru the atonement of Christ, we are saved from sin and death.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I have read it numerous times, and each time get more and more out of it. It does testify of our Savior, and what he can do in our lives. The Book is more than history or a collection of stories, but a record of lessons learned by ancient peoples. The first time I read the Book of Mormon I was 12. After 50 years of study I have learned that you can become closer to God by living the precepts and following the good examples portrayed therein. The explanations of principles and doctrine contained in the Book are clearer than the Old & New Testaments, and complement perfectly their witness of Christ.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
I have been on a full-time mission, and a Branch Mission Leader. As "every member is a missionary", we attempt to testify of Christ and share the gospel with everyone. Usually this is one at a time, but visiting with families as a home Teacher or in personal and business contacts, opportunities arise to share our conviction of Christ. Doing family history work for ancestors is important as well. our fore-bearers need to see our good works and accept the gospel (if they desire) as well.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I remember the day I got baptized. My father performed the ceremony, and i was submerged under the water. My foot slipped, and my big toe came out of the water. Since I was not fully immersed the first time, my dad had to do the ordinance again. This time it worked. My eyes came open underwater, and I saw a rainbow of colors. When I came up out of the water, I felt clean and pure. I have tried to maintain myself clean and pure ever since, but thank goodness for the sacrament I take each week to help me resolve to do better at keeping the commandments, and to help cleanse me of transgression. I am grateful to Heavenly Father for providing a method to cleanse us from sin.
How I live my faith
It is not just going to Church once a week that makes yo a Christian. Selfless service on a daily basis does. Currently we live with my Mom as caregivers, and I volunteer at least once a week at the Portland Temple as a handyman. I used to help out at the Logan, Jordan River and Oquirrh Mtn. temples.