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Hi I'm Kendall

I'm going to become a teacher. I'm a high school football coach. I'm "Unkle Bonkles" to my nieces and nephews. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I love spending time with my family--my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. We are all very close despite some geographic distance between some of us. The seven of us children were raised in a tiny three-bedroom home--we got along great despite the lack of personal privacy, space, and luxuries of a large house. I look forward to when I can raise a family with my future wife, so we can experience the joy my parents surely felt as they raised me and my siblings. I have a degree in Landscape Management, and enjoy the therapeutic nature of my job--working with my hands outdoors. It can get pretty grueling sometimes, but at the end of the day, I know I put in a good day's work. It is rewarding to see the exquisite beauty that everyday plants, shrubs, and grass yield when they are tended properly. I definitely believe God knew what He was doing when He created this earth for us. Perhaps my greatest passion outside of spending time with my family is to coach high school football. I thoroughly enjoy helping young men learn techniques, skills, and team principles to apply on and off the field. I also get to be myself--a little loud, wild, and energetic. And of course, the thrill of each play and each victory add to the enjoyment of coaching. I am also pursuing a teaching career so I can continue to be involved in the lives of our young people. When I get a little time to myself, I enjoy playing the guitar, reading books, playing sports, and organizing things.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They decided to teach their children the truths and principles of the Gospel they embraced, and I am forever grateful for their decision to make it an integral part of the way they raised me. As a child, I didn't realize how life-anchoring the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ truly are...I simply learned about them in sunday school at church on sundays, during family home evening lessons on monday nights, and when my parents read the scripture stories to me before going to bed. Those stories and teachings provided a safety net for me when times became difficult. There came a time when I decided that I wanted to know for myself whether or not the Book of Mormon and the Church were true. I was thirteen years-old, attending a week-long Boy Scout camp. Every morning, my troop leaders would encourage us to awake a half-hour early, find a secluded spot in the woods, and read from the Book of Mormon before beginning our busy days at Scout Camp. I vividly remember one such morning; I spent it reading from the Book of Mormon near a stream, plenty of early-morning sunlight shining through the trees. I had just finished reading about the prophet Abiniadi, who gave his life as a martyr after preaching to wicked men about the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The story touched me. I knelt down in the dirt and prayed to God, asking Him directly if this book and church were true. A soothing, comforting, and simultaneously warm and brisk feeling overcame me, coupled with an inaudible "yes" which I clearly sensed in my mind. I couldn't help but feel that God truly loved me, and knew me. This was simply a beginning...first in a chain of hundreds of events in my life that have reconfirmed the fact that Heavenly Father knows me, and loves me, that he sent his son Jesus Christ to live and die for me, and that He has sent prophets in our time to guide me back to Him.

How I live my faith

I love Sundays. It is a day when I take a much-needed break from my professional and recreational ventures, focusing on improving myself and on feeling the love of my Father in Heaven. I gain a personal recharge from my sabbath day activities--I feel ready to take on a new week. Currently, I've been called to lead the men in my congregation. Each member of the Church is given a responsibility, and currently I spend a little extra time on Sundays and throughout the week ensuring that my brothers are doing well, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially. We truly are a brotherhood--committed to helping each other during the hard times, and encouraging each other to continue to grow during the relatively "easier" times. It is an honor to closely associate with so many faithful men, who often put the needs and wants of others before their own comforts. As I preside over, and sometimes teach lessons to these wonderful men during church, I am humbled and inspired by their testimonies, their personal experiences, and profound insights. I also have the privilege of regularly visiting several other members (men and women) in their homes, and discussing together the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ--and how we can specifically apply those principles in our lives. This program is called Home Teaching. Each month, my home teaching companion and I prayerfully prepare brief messages to share, and assist these people in any way we can. These visits remind us that one of the most important characteristics of a disciple of Jesus Christ is to sincerely love one another--and we most effectively show our love for others by actions, not just by our words. Every day I am confronted with difficult choices. Because of the commandments and principles I've committed to live by, most of these decisions are easy to make--knowing from experience that heeding the teachings of the living prophet and apostles brings true happiness. I want to share this with others.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kendall
A "testimony" is as individual as the one who speaks because we each have a unique relationship with Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ--we each are unique even though we are all equally loved by our Father and by our Savior. Much like when witnesses are brought to court to testify about their personal point of view regarding events under trial, a "testimony" from a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is when each member would be willing to stand up in court, swear an oath of honesty, and proceed to testify of the truths from his or her own perspective, regardless of whether or not anyone else agrees. Even if I were the only one in the whole [court]room to believe it, I would not hesitate to stand and share my testimony that I know that Jesus Christ is my living Savior and Redeemer, and that He restored His church through the prophet Joseph Smith Jr., and that He still leads this Church through the living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less