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Hi I'm Kevin

I grew up in Seattle. I'm a software engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 51 years old. This year I will have been married to my wife Sandy for 20 years. I have four children. I was born in Washington State, went on a mission to southern Chile, lived nine years in Texas, and currently live in Utah. 

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager in Seattle the LDS Church had a class for us every morning before school called Seminary. One year my Seminary teacher taught us about the Book of Mormon, and we were told that the way to find out if the Book of Mormon was the word of God was to ask God if it was. I asked several times, but each time I asked I knew I wasn't really prepared for either a yes or a no answer, and so I realized I couldn't count on God answering any of those questions. Finally I got to the point where I could base the rest of my life on either a yes or no answer, but instead of asking if the Book of Mormon was the word of God I asked God if the LDS Church was true. I was immediately overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit, in such a way that it encompassed my whole body, and I couldn't escape the conclusion that God was telling me that yes, the LDS Church is true. This is the reason why I am a Latter-day Saint today.

How I live my faith

My family has family prayer every night before we go to bed. We'd like to have it in the morning too, but we're still working on that. We try to do scripture study right before we eat supper each night, and we try to get the family together for a brief lesson, a game, and some refreshments each Monday night for Family Home Evening, as the LDS prophets have asked us to do. My calling in the LDS Church is a ward missionary, which means I work with those people who are new to the Church. I also hometeach four families, which means I visit them each month, find out how they're doing, and help them in any way I can.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Mormons perform baptisms for the dead for the same reason they perform baptisms for the living. Mormons believe that baptism is for our benefit. It washes away our sins, and stands as a symbol of Jesus rising from the dead as we rise from the water. So why should the only people who get it be those who history has placed in a time when they had access to baptism while they were alive? Why shouldn't everybody have access to it? Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. Past President Gordon Hinckley said that all young men should prepare to serve a mission, but in the end it's left up to them whether they go or not. Young women have the option of serving or not serving, at their discretion, but current President Thomas Monson says they are welcome, and perform a great service. On the other hand, President Monson has pretty much said that when older couples retire, he expects them to serve an eighteen-month mission then, but once again whether they do or not is left up to them. But I can't wait for my wife and I to go! Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Our bodies are called temples because after we are baptized members of the LDS Church, we are given the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which means the Holy Ghost dwells in us. It's important for us to take care of our bodies because the Holy Ghost wants to live in a well-cared for place. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

One important step is to just recognize that it is always wrong, and to take a public stand against it. I have a friend who told me in a phone conversation a few months ago that he either has or used to have a collection of photos of "nude minors." I'm kind of easy-going, so I didn't react to that at first, but after the phone conversation I realized I couldn't let those remarks go by without comment. So in our next phone conversation I told him that child pornography is wrong, and I told him that he needed to repent of his involvement in it. I don't know how much that statement is going to affect his life, but at least I made my position clear. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost (aka Holy Spirit) doesn't have a biological body, though he does have a spirit body just like each of us do. For some reason that I don't fully understand, the fact that he only has a spirit body makes him able to communicate directly with each of our spirits, and the function of the Holy Spirit is to communicate to us God's will, comfort, and anything we need to know and can't find out any other way. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mormon Church services are calm. There is also a great sense of order there. Young boys bless and distribute the bread and water for remembering Jesus' sacrifice. (Joseph Smith changed the wine to water a long time ago.) People speak on Gospel subjects. People sing hymns. Sometimes individuals or small groups perform spiritual-themed musical numbers. The people who speak could be any members of the congregation; it's shared around, and as far as I can tell everybody takes a turn. In the first meeting, called Sacrament Meeting, a lot of children attend, and a few babies, so there's some noise, but usually it's still pretty reverent. The second hour people are divided into classes by age, and the third hour by age and gender, so it's easier to pay attention to the messages those two hours. Visitors are allowed at Church meetings; in fact my calling is to work with those visitors and new members. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Our consciousness goes on. I think the reason God gave us spirit bodies was so that we would still have them as bodies after we die. We will live with other spirits who have died until Jesus raises us from the dead at the beginning of the Millenium. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a prophet, like John the Baptist, like Daniel, like Isaiah. Mormons worship God and His Son Jesus, not the prophets these two have inspired. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Jesus said that He had come that we might have life, and that we "might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) Eternal life is the abundant life that Jesus was talking about, the life of the greatest happiness because we are the most involved in doing Jesus' work. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is an active belief in something. I have faith in God. I know of no conclusive proof that there actually is a God, and yet I am firmly convinced that He exists, due to my faith in Him. That faith compels me to live my life in accordance with what I know His will to be. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement is the combination of Jesus suffering for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, and His suffering (still for our sins) on the cross on Calvary as He died. It was necessary for Jesus to sacrifice His life because we individually could never pay the price for our sins. No matter how hard we try to make things right, we always know that what we do is never enough. Because Jesus lived a life free of sin, we can believe that His suffering was enough. So Jesus takes what little we can do to repent, adds to that His own personal suffering, and meets the demands of justice so that we can be completely free from our sins. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. I personally have been involved in both major US political parties at different times. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Faith in Jesus Christ has led me to the conviction that there is more to my experience than just this life-time. I married my wife Sandy in the Seattle LDS Temple, which means we're going to be a team, doing the will of God, forever, so I don't treat my marriage like it's just an arrangement of convenience while both she and I are alive. Our children were sealed to us in the temple, so we see our relationship with them as eternal too. The Church Jesus restored teaches that the greatest successes we will ever have will be in family relationships, whether we contribute to the betterment of our parents, our siblings, our spouses, or our children. And faith in Jesus reveals to us that the worth of every soul is great in the eyes of God, so that will improve our friendships. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

God's most fundamental attribute is that He is good. I believe that some good things will last forever, and that God is He that knows how to preserve them, and He that is actively involved in preserving them. God is the literal father of our spirits, and loves us at least as much as any biological parent loves that parent's child. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

To take care of all the needs of its members, both the need for basic necessities and the need to be contributing to our own upkeep. Show more Show less