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Hi I'm K.L.

I was born in Utah and grew up in Southern California. I am a sports and entertainment writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Four people call me dad, ranging in age from 9 to 21 years of age. I grew up in a rough neighborhood in Southern California, but was blessed with a loving mother who offset the negative influences I encountered. I've struggled trying to provide for my family over the years, and have sometimes needed to work more than one job.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon Church, but I still consider myself a convert. When I was 19 years old, I decided to put a scriptural challenge to the test. This challenge promises all who read the Book of Mormon, with a sincerity to know of its truthfulness, will receive a witness from the Holy Ghost that the book is true. I received that witness one spring morning when it became apparent it was time for me to put the challenge to the test. A calm, peaceful feeling came over me as I prayed to God to know if the Book of Mormon was true or not. The feeling was so strong, so sure that I knew at that instant that I should never deny the book's validity. I have since read the Book of Mormon many times and have often felt that same feeling of peace and surety that the book is precisely what it claims to be: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I haven't always been an ideal member of the Mormon Church, but one thing has remained constant: I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I've also come to know that God and Jesus Christ live and are aware of each of us. I remain active in the church now because of the hope, peace and direction its teachings provide me and my family. I have found that as I have built a pattern of studying the scriptures, praying to my Heavenly Father and living in accordance with His commandments, I am better equipped to face and deal with the challenges of life.

How I live my faith

I currently volunteer my time working with a group of men in my ward as a member of the group's leadership. This group meets each Sunday to learn about Jesus Christ and to edify one another. I also make time each month to visit several families in my neighborhood to provide an uplifting message and offer help in any way needed. I've also volunteered time to help organize a variety of church events, such as dinners, sporting events and children's activities. I've also helped coordinate meetings and appointments for my ward's ecclesiastical leader and have taught several Sunday School classes.