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Hi I'm Kent French

My wife and I are retired and very happy. We have been married for 55 years, and have four Children and nine grandchildren.

About Me

At 79 years old I am a happy person, always smiling and anxious to share what it is that makes me that way. I have been retired for 14 years, and I have things to do, places to go and people to meet. I am also a fan of the Sacramento Kings basketball team, and love boating and water sports. But, first and foremost I have found out there is nothing that brings joy to a person like helping others to find true happiness. Now, I'm learning some of life's most important lessons by maintaining an upbeat attitude during the trials and afflictions of old age. That approach has allowed me to become more empathetic, appreciative, patient, and draw closer to God than ever before. I see life as a wonderful opportunity, and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a twelve year old boy God revealed to me that He lived, and that He created the heavens and the earth. What an experience! As a result I searched for His church, but I couldn't find it. When I was seventeen my best friend invited me to attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During that first Sacrament Meeting it became obvious to me that Jesus Christ was guiding the church by revelation just as He did in New Testament times after His resurrection. So, I quit smoking right on the spot. All I knew was Mormons didn't smoke. For some reason my friend didn't send the missionaries to my home, and I didn't realize I could attend the church without him. Fourteen years later two Missionaries from the Church knock on our door. They testified to my wife and me that God would reveal the truthfulness of their message to us if we would forsake our sins, study and ponder the scriptures, pray to know the truth and attend their church meetings. That's what we did, and God answered our prayers individually in a miraculous way. Thus, we knew every word the Missionaries were teaching us was true. We were baptized shortly thereafter, and have remained true and faithful Latter-day Saints ever since.

How I live my faith

I go to church, study the gospel and share the things that have made me happy and brought joy into my life. I love making a difference in the lives of others through church service, and being a missionary. But, most of all I am thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ and his suffering in my behalf.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Kent French
Around 600 B.C. God commanded the tribes of Israel to keep two scriptural histories rather than one as they had done in the past. The "Stick of Judah" (the Bible record) was to be maintained by the tribe of Judah, but the new record, the "Stick of Ephraim", was to be kept by the tribe of Joseph. Thus, God also referred to it as the "Stick of Joseph". Shortly thereafter the prophet Lehi and a small group from the tribe of Joseph were commanded to take this new scriptural record with them as they were led by God to the Western Hemisphere. However, the Prophet Ezekiel was told in advance to tell the people that God would bring it forth to be joined with the Stick of Judah (the Bible) prior to the gathering of the twelve tribes of Israel in the latter days. Thus, God said these two scriptural records "shall become one in mine hand" (Ezekiel 37:15-22, 2 Nephi 3:12). Today, we know the Stick of Joseph as the Book of Mormon. It is another Testament of Jesus Christ, covering a period of history from about 600 B.C. to 421 A.D. It contains the writings of some of the greatest prophets who ever lived. As a companion book to the Bible it provides another Testament and a second sure witness to both Jew and gentile that Jesus is the Christ! Joseph Smith retrieved the Golden Plates from the Hill Cumorah as instructed by the Angel Moroni who lived on the earth around 421 A.D. Moroni was the last prophet to write in that sacred record before hiding it up to come forth in these latter days. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Kent French
Faith when used in a religious context is usually a verb. It requires action and commitment on the part of the believer (James 1:14-19). That's important to know because we are saved by the grace of God through out faith (Eph 2:8). Thus, the Savior said - "Come and follow me." There's a fictitious story that illustrates this point. There once was a great tightrope walker who came to Niagara Falls. He strung his wire from side to side. Then, he stepped onto the wire and walked with ease through the high winds and mist surging up from the surface below. When he reached the other side there was a huge crowd waiting for him. One man rushed forward and said - "You are the greatest tightrope walker the world has ever known. I bet you could have walked that wire with a man on your shoulders!" The tightrope walker placed his hand on his chin, thought for a while and said - "I think your right. Will you be that man?" But, his fan faded quickly into the crowd. Thus, his fan believed in the tightrope walker, but lacked the faith to climb on his shoulders and be carried to the other side. Of course, Jesus Christ is the tightrope walker. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Kent French
Jesus Christ promised his ancient Apostles that he would restore the Everlasting Gospel and re-established his church in the latter days (Mathew 16:19, Rev. 1:10-19, 14:6-7). He has kept that promise, and the church is back on the earth with all its glory, blessings and authority. Since the Savior guides his latter-day church by revelation he has called Apostles and Prophets to receive those revelations and administer the affairs of the Church that we might all be guided into the unity of the faith (Ephesians 4:11-14). Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kent French
Of course we are Christians. Anyone who accepts Jesus as their Savior and strives to follow him and keep his commandments is a Christian. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Kent French
We teach that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are separate personages, and that when Jesus was resurrected and ascended into Heaven he received an immortal, glorified, spiritual body of flesh and bones like his Heavenly Father's (Heb. 1:1-3). However, the Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit and does not have a body of flesh and bones. Of course, Joseph Smith found out about the true nature of God when he spoke with God the Father and Jesus Christ face to face in what we refer to as "the first vision". Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kent French
There are three very simple ways to identify the true Church, and the true Church will qualify in each instance. 1. God will be guiding his own church by revelation. See 1 Cor. 15:3-8 1, Acts 23:11, Acts 5:19, Acts 9:12, Acts 13:2-4. 2. The Priesthood holders in the Church will have been called and ordained to the ministry in the same manner as Aaron (Heb. 1, 4-6, Exodus 28:1). 3. The Prophet and Apostle at the head of the Lord's Church here on earth will hold the same keys to the kingdom of heaven that Christ gave to Peter (Matt. 16:18-19). With that said, you can receive a personal witness from the Holy Ghost confirming the truthfulness of the Church and its message. However, you must be willing to meet with our missionaries, study the evidence (especially the Book of Mormon), ponder it's teachings, offer up fervent prayers for guidance, attend our church meetings and repent of your sins (Moroni 10:3-5). In other words, you must turn on your spiritual radio, dial in the station, turn up the volume and eliminate the static in your life. I have never seen a person who did these things fail to receive an answer to his sincere prayers, and I have taught the missionary discussions for approximately 25 years. Show more Show less