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Hi I'm Justin Kay

I'm a Physicist, Microfluidic Medical Device Engineer, IT Administrator, Husband, Father, Brother, Son, American, and Mormon.

About Me

I have a large variety of interests that culminates in my family. My greatest joy in this life is my wife, and our children. I have a bachelor's of science in physics. I work as a microfluidic medical device research engineer, with extra duties as an information systems administrator, computer technician, web developer, and software developer. I enjoy hiking, camping, and backyard campfires. I am an Eagle Scout and am active with the Boy Scouts of America. I am a ballroom dancer. I enjoy books, musicals, and Shakespeare in the park. I play the french horn. I enjoy a good MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing computer game). I like to play ultimate frisbee and football on Saturday mornings. I like to take my son to Seahawks and Mariners games in Seattle. I have a personal appetite for reading in the subjects of physics, stock investing, real estate, alternative energy, and economics. To summarize, I enjoy everything.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by actively Mormon parents. I am the second of five children and was involved in all the programs of the Church. I knew all my primary (children's) songs, memorized scriptures in high school seminary, and learned from numerous teachers every Sunday since I was a baby. As a teenager, I knew all the scripture stories, all the answers in Sunday school, and could even teach people about the Church and our beliefs. However, as a late teen, I had personal struggles with some of the teachings of the Church, and had to decide what I believed and if the Church was true and important to me. I was expected to be a missionary at 19. Would I be a hypocrite and a liar by proselyting for the Church? Were my parents and teachers really right? From being raised in the Church, I knew all the answers, but didn't feel any of it. I had done some things that were only really wrong if the Church was true. Did I need to be forgiven by God? Was Jesus a story or a necessity? I knew that the Book of Mormon contained a promise that we could know if it was true, by reading and praying about it. So I did the easy thing; I started listening to it on tape as I drove from job to job repairing cash registers. Enos is near the beginning of the Book of Mormon, but this time a powerful feeling entered my heart as I connected with his experience. Enos, like me, had done things against the teachings of his father, Jacob. He, like me, needed to know for himself how to be forgiven. This connection was my awakening, and began an event chain of very real and very personal experiences getting to know myself and my God. I am not a Mormon because I was raised Mormon. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because God has spoken to me and taught me personally. I know that anyone can connect with God if they just test Him even skeptically. I know that Jesus Christ changes us and saves us. And I know that you can find that too.

How I live my faith

As a father of young children, I get to teach to them the songs and scriptures that I learned as a child. We have a family night on Monday nights and read from the scriptures almost every night. My kids won't go to bed until we've done it, so it's an easy habit. It feels really good when my son hears a scripture or story and says, "Ah! We read that in our scriptures last night!" I also teach the 14-15 year old young men every Sunday. I am an Assistant Varsity Coach in the Boy Scouts of America program. I get to go on camping trips in the snow, the rain, and if I'm lucky, some cloudy western Washington sunshine. These are youth that experience many of the same things I did as a young man. I try to teach them to avoid the same problems I had, while getting to know Jesus for themselves. They cannot rely on their parents or my experiences to have moral courage in this world. I live my faith by not accepting flaws in my actions and choices. I strive to learn and grow and be better every day. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about becoming better. And nobody is beyond becoming better, especially me.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Justin Kay
The short answer is that we were instructed to do it by a prophet of God. If you believe that the apostles in the New Testament were the last humans able to voice the mind and will of God, then monogomy was the last word on the subject. However, I cannot and I will not assume to shut the mouth of God. I have experienced his voice regarding my life and my stewardships of responsibility. So the only question left is how does God give a command like this to His people? When the Lord commands a man to represent Him and speak His word as a prophet, He also provides the listener with the ability to seek confirmation by the the Holy Ghost that the man is truly His prophet. This is true for scripture as well. Never assume to be able to interpret scripture or judge a man's preaching without the help of the Holy Ghost, because your own mind, emotions, ego, education, or lack thereof can cloud your thoughts and your judgement. The Holy Ghost will clear your mind and speak peace to your heart through feelings that you can recognize and know. The Holy Ghost will make you happy, joyful, peaceful, and curious thirsting for more of His influence. I know that the Prophets leading the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints speak the word of God, and gave the correct instructions regarding plural marriage at the proper time. But don't take my word for it. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Justin Kay
I cannot answer how or why gay-marriage would negatively impact our society, but we have been warned by ancient and modern prophets that individuals and groups that accept this lifestyle can suffer great consequences. I believe that God loves all His childeren. Not all consequences are a direct act of God. Many are the natural result of our choices. As a father myself, I have instructed my children to wear helmets when riding a bike, and I have warned them that they would hurt thier head if they disobeyed. One day I caught my 4 year old son riding without his helmet. I gently reminded him and we put his helmet on. A week or so later he did it again, fell, and scraped is forehead before I could help him. Fortunately, he gained new wisdom with only a minor injury. As a father, God works the same way. He does not necessarily punish us, but He cannot always protect us if we will not obey. If our nation chooses to not listen to God's warnings, then we are taking our helmets off as a society. Our great country will feel the impact of those choices whether we understand them or not. I may be considered prejudice, but while we still have a voice to echo the words of God in scripture and from today's prophets, we must not be afraid to speak up for what God has said is wrong for society. Whatever the voters decide, we will all have to live with the consequences those choices. We are all in this together, for better or worse. Show more Show less