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Hi I'm Jeff K.

I'm a veteran, a husband, father of five and a grandfather of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I were married in an LDS temple in 1975. We have four sons, one daughter and four grandchildren. I work as a consultant for a worldwide actuarial firm. In my free time I make museum quality reproductions of ancient Egyptian mummy cases, restore old oil paintings, play classical piano music, hike nature trails, check out antique malls and collect and polish semi-precious gem stones and fossils. I also enjoy reading books about ancient history, natural history, historical novels and classic literature.

Why I am a Mormon

I was active in my former faith right up until the moment I was baptized as a Latter-day Saint. What first attracted me to the Church was the belief in a premortal existence and a grand council before the creation of the earth. Somehow, even before I knew much about the Church or its beliefs, I knew I was there in that grand council before the world was. Although I agreed to take the discussions from the missionaries, I really had no intention of ever joining the 'Mormon Church'. Afterall, I thought I was perfectly happy in my current religion at the time. One day the missionary Elders taught me about the Lord's law of health, the Word of Wisdom. They asked if they could help by taking my cigarettes, pipe, pipe tobacco and lighter. I told them "No!" If they wanted those things, they could go out and buy their own. Later that day, after I returned to the military base, I walked into the woods and thought about the missionaries' invitation. Surely, what they asked me to do would make me a better person in my own faith. Also, the Savior said that if any man wanted to know of the doctrine, whether He spoke of God or of himself, let him do the will of the Father. I resolved then and there to quite smoking tobacco, drinking coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages. Although I had tried quitting smoking many times before, this time I was determined to beat the 'Mormons' at their own game and prove them wrong. Well, I quit 'cold turkey'. When I did, I felt a wonderful change come into my life. I felt closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ than ever before. There was more joy and happiness in my life. The scriptures came alive for me. And the rest is, as they say, history. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since November 1969, and it has made all the difference in my life.

How I live my faith

I serve in the local Church leadership. In addition to various Church assignments, I've always served as a home teacher. Each member has the right to monthly visits by their own personal priesthood representative, their home teacher. Some of my greatest experiences in the Church have been visiting and helping others as a home teacher. Once, in Germany, my home teaching companion and I were assigned to an unhappy, disorganized family. We taught them the best we could about The Book of Mormon, personal and family prayer and how God, through the Holy Spirit, answers prayers. As the months went on, a marvellous change came over that young family as they learned and applied Gospel truths. They started coming out to Church, and there was a joy, happiness and peace that came into their lives that wasn't there at all when we first started visiting them. Several months later the missionary Elders asked what we had done to that family? We asked the Elders, "What do you mean?" and they answered, "They are going to be baptized next week!" Some how we had been assigned to a non-LDS family. Living my faith is more than just a Church thing. For many years I worked with representatives of other faiths in medical relief efforts around the world. We delivered container loads of medical supplies and equipment to Lithuania before that country became independent from Soviet domination and afterward. The first kidney dialysis units in Lithuania were the result of those efforts. I have been involved in community affairs, such as trying to stop casino gambling, supporting Right to Life campaigns, property tax limitation efforts and other activities. Being a Latter-day Saints means doing what you can to make your home, your neighborhood, your community, your country and the world a better place for Mormons and non-Mormons alike.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Jeff K.
Mormons, or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believe in the fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of man. We are all connected by a common ancestry as children of a Father in Heaven. He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten son in the flesh, the Lord and Master Jesus Christ, so that through Him all mankind may be saved and return to Him. Jesus is my Lord, my Savior, my Master, my Friend. He makes all things possible and without Him there is nothing. Through Him all mankind will be resurrected, and through obedience to His commandments we may be washed clean from the blood and sins of this generation. We cannot do any of this without Him. He is the way, the truth and the life. No man or woman can come unto the Father but by Him. Mormons believe in this Jesus Christ, the Son of the Highest, the Redeemer of mankind, the Creator. Praise be His name forever! These truths have been revealed through ancient and modern prophets and yes, even through living prophets today who can say, just as prophets did anciently, "Thus saith the Lord!" How incredible, how amazing, how wonderful this is. If there ever was an age or a time when needed such divine guidance, it is now. And, our Lord knows this and has sent such men to us in our day, if we will only listen and follow what the the Lord says through them. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Jeff K.
Start first with our own desires and what is in our own homes. Do we allow inappropriate images in our home via the internet or any other electronic or printed media? If so, we have the power to "turn it off" or to throw it out. Next, what sort of movies do we patronize at local theatres or, if we happen to be in Las Vegas, what sort of show do we choose to see? If something we see on the screen is inappropriate, do we have to courage to walk out? We can vote on the issue with our feet and with our purchasing dollars. We can also make our voices heard by sending appropriate letters to the local news media. For example, if explicit material is broadcast during family hours on a channel easily accessible by children and youth, we may write to the channel, their parent affiliate, and to the Federal Communication Commission. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jeff K.
The greatest happiness or sadness in life comes through family. That being the case, it's best to make your greatest investment of time, energy and attention in your own immediate family starting first with your spouse, and next with each of your children. A close, loving family is the best measure of one's success in life. It's been said that "you can't take it with you when you die", and that is certainly true in most cases however, Mormons believe that's not necessarily so with families. Family ties can be eternal. In other words the words, "'til death do us part" need not be an automatic divorce clause for all marriages. The love between spouses, children and extended family can be forever. Mormons also believe the highest degree of glory, where Heavenly Father and Christ dwell, can only be achieved as families sealed together through sacred ordinances in holy temples for this life, and for all eternity. So, family is a sacred trust from God, created through sacred covenants made between and man and a woman with God. Children born into such a family are a sacred heritage and responsibility of parents who have made sacred commitments to each other before God. These children come from God. They are His children. He entrusts their care, training and upbringing to us in this life with the understanding that if we work closely with Him, and do our best, we may be able to someday return to Him and be with them, our family, and present them and ourselves to Him in heaven. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jeff K.
My wife and I were married in the Washington Temple, so she holds the priesthood, that is, "me", quite often. What I do in priesthood callings I could never do without her. Furthermore, the highest ordinances of the temple require that a man and a woman be 'sealed' together for time and all eternity, a sacred ordinance that only occurs in the temple and by divinely appointed authority. In other words, if I hope to reach where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are now, I will not be able to do so without my wife at my side. That's not under my feet in a subordinate role, but rather at my side and as equals. There is an ancient Arab saying that says "God couldn't be everywhere, so He made mothers." I would expand that sentiment to include something to the effect that, "Neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man." Show more Show less