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Hi I'm Keith

I'm a husband, father, meteorologist, and a Boy Scout. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently live in northern Utah. I was born and raised in California and our family moved to Utah in the early 70s. I have often thought about living elsewhere, but I enjoy the lifestyle here and my wife and I wanted to raise our own family here as well. I have three children. My oldest son is going to college after serving as a missionary in Chile. My second son is currently a missionary in North Carolina. My youngest daughter is in Junior High School. My wife teaches school at a local elementary. We have been married for over 25 years and it has been a great time. My wife is my best friend and I would rather do things with my family than with anyone else. We like to explore different areas of our state and really enjoy the National Parks. We camp a few days a year and hike the local mountains and canyons that are just minutes away from our home. I am a meteorologist for a local TV station. I have been interested in weather since high school. I love all earth sciences but more intently the weather. I really don't see a division in science and religion because in my frame of mind they derive from the same Source. I like recreational cycling and try to participate in a couple of century rides a year. There are a lot of good roads to ride in northern Utah. There are also a lot of local off-road areas I like to mountain bike in. I am not a skinny nor a small guy, but I like it all the same. I enjoy reading novels and share books with coworkers and family members. One love I have from childhood is toys and specifically Hot Wheels. I have a good sized collection of modern cars and am slowly building up some of the original years (1968-72) cars in my collection. I like to take the original cars and "restore" them to their former glory if I can find cheap enough cars. I also enjoy model building - mostly WWII aircraft. My father instilled in me a love for aircraft since I was about 5 years old.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the California Bay Area in the 1960s and early 70s. There seemed to be a lot of things going on in the news about the war, politics, the hippie movement, etc, that I didn't fully understand. As far as religion goes, being a Mormon was a minority among my school and around the neighborhood. I never thought of myself as different because most of my good friends were of other faiths - or no faith. Even with the turmoil going on around me, I felt the peace the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings in my life through my family and knowing the Plan of Salvation my Heavenly Father has for me. Our family of 8 moved to Utah in 1972 and now instead of being a minority religion, the town we moved to was around 85% Mormon - that was a different feeling. Being around this many people of the same faith made me look inside to see how I needed to act and live the Gospel myself because I saw many examples of what I had been lead to believe a Latter-Day Saint should not act. That made me sad at first, but then I came to realize that not everyone has the same personal testimony of the the Gospel and that I needed to find for myself what I really believed and why I believed it. During these years of junior and high school, my testimony grew through personal scripture reading, attending Seminary classes (youth-aged classes held on weekdays where we learned about the Bible, Book of Mormon and LDS Church History), and serving others through Church activity. I have always wanted to serve a full-time mission when I turned 19 and the call did come - I was to serve in Taiwan. There is a saying that that period is "the best two years of my life". Well, it didn't start out that way because I had never experienced true hardships and tests of my fortitude until that time. Trying to learn Mandarin Chinese was difficult and discouraging enough. It was everything else associated with being a missionary that was equally challenging; even though I knew that it was the right thing to do I came to realize that I had not done enough to prepare myself spiritually for this great trial in my life and I was humbled to rely on the Savior, the comfort of the Holy Ghost, and the knowledge that I could learn and change if I wanted it bad enough. This is the time in my life where I really decided to change myself, to become a man of God, as it were, to throw off the childish things I clung to so dearly, and to turn my life into the one I knew my Heavenly Father would want me to have. I learned to get over myself; I had my eyes opened to the reality that the universe didn't revolve around me and that I needed to look out for my fellow man more so than for my own needs.

How I live my faith

As I think about how I live my faith, I understand that being a Mormon and being Keith are one in the same. Who I am and how I live my life all flows from the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ revealed to modern day prophets and apostles. I can't NOT be a Mormon in my every day life as much as I can't not be a human being. How I deal with my coworkers, how honest I am with those around me (employer, grocery store clerks, neighbors) all go back to the fact that I have decided to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and his leaders today. Am I a perfect person? Far from it but we have opportunities to serve in our local congregations (wards) and I find a lot of fulfillment in helping whenever and wherever I can. I enjoy working with the young men in our ward as a Boy Scout leader. I enjoy seeing them progress through this good program because it helps them see the bigger world around them and to, hopefully, realize that it isn't just about them and their needs right now. I know that the concepts and principles learned through Scouting will help them in their community when they grow up, as well as helping them become better fathers and husbands in the future. I work for a local television station as a producer for the on-air meteorologists, but I also am a substitute teacher for some neighborhood elementary and junior high schools. I enjoy teaching kids and passing on whatever knowledge I have to them. Working professionally as a meteorologist, I am privileged each day to see the magnificence of my Heavenly Father in the creation of this earth. That may sound a little over the top but it's true. I enjoy seeing the beauty of this earth and the way it works and flows and changes constantly. We get plenty of jokes about forecasting the weather and how "accurate" we are (or aren't), but attempting even in the smallest way to understand how the weather works gives me a greater appreciation for all creations give us by our Heavenly Father.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Keith
We believe that we lived with God and our heavenly family before we came to earth to get a body. After we die, we return to our Father in Heaven and await the resurrection and or Final Judgment. The concept of Heaven and Hell is actually much more diverse than that and it shows me that our Heavenly Father loves us individually and not just collectively. Our final judgment will be directly related to the commandments we have lived while on the earth. One of these is baptism, Christ himself was baptized "to fulfill all righteousness". Other commandments revealed to modern prophets include the eternal nature of marriage and the sealing of children to parents, as well as personal covenants made to God in our own lives so we can be worthy and clean to live with Him again. Not all people who have been on the earth have had a chance to know all of God's commandments (and thus to obey them) nor given the opportunity to perform for themselves the necessary ordinances revealed in modern times. These ordinances, like baptism for the dead, are performed by us today in temples as proxy of our ancestors who have died without the knowledge or opportunity to do it themselves while they were alive. God is no respecter of persons and all His children should have the chance to show their faith in Him. Their physical bodies may have stopped living, but their spirits are still alive and functioning fully in the Spirit World. Just because we perform these necessary ordinances for them doesn't necessarily mean that they accept the teachings of the Gospel in the afterlife. They still have agency and freedom to choose even as spirits. We perform these ordinances for them because we love them and want to be with them through the eternities and we hope and pray for them to accept God's love and teachings. Show more Show less