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Hi I'm Kent

I spent 37 years in religious education in Utah, New Mexico and Washington. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I taught religious education for the LDS Church for 37 years and retired 2 years ago. After high school I attended 2 years of community college and then served a mission for the Church in France. Upon completion of my mission I graduated from BYU in history with minors in French, mathematics, computer science and military science. Later, I finished a Master's of Education and started, but never finished, my doctoral work at Gonzaga in Spokane, WA. My wife and I were married 42 years ago this fall and we have 8 wonderful children and 11 grand children. One of our daughters has Down's Syndrome. My interests include jogging and exercising, taking care of a large vegetable garden, reading, visiting kids and grandkids all over the United States and Canada, and loving my beautiful wife. (She has struggled with bone cancer the last 5 years but is doing very well at this time.) Every Fall I feel the pull of the classroom even though I retired from actively teaching in 2009. I still miss the interaction with students who want to learn and grow in understanding of their purpose in life. Every Tuesday and Thursday I take my daughter with Down's and volunteer at a thrift store the Church operates. We tutor employees in English as a second language and other programs they are trying to accomplish. It's a great life!

Why I am a Mormon

I guess the first reason that I am a Mormon is simply because I was born into a Mormon family. With a name of Young and claiming Brigham Young as my great uncle that was only natural. But growing up, there were times that I questioned the Mormon faith and after graduating from high school I stopped attending church for several months. I never felt quite right about that decision and shortly thereafter returned to church attendance permanently. It wasn't long before I was called to serve a fulltime mission for the church to France and Belgium. It was on my mission that I focused on learning the principles of the Gospel as taught by prophets in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I studied those scriptures diligently and found that the church really was what it claimed to be: the restored Church of Jesus Christ and that Joseph Smith and his successors were truly latter-day prophets called by God to direct His affairs on the earth. Today I am firmly convinced that this Church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will lead us back to God's presence and I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ given to us through his modern prophetic leaders. The Church teaches us beautiful principles to guide our lives and live as Christians. Among these principles are baptism for the remission of sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost, priesthood keys and power to bless the whole earth, temples of God to seal families together forever, answers to the "terrible questions" of "Why are we on earth?" and "Where do we go after this life?". For an example of the blessing of knowing these things, I like to tell about one of our sons and his dear wife losing their first child 2 days after birth. Oh, what heartache that was; but also what comfort to know that their son was taken home by God to paradise to await the resurrection and reuniting with his parents. These things are true and I bear my testimony that they are.

How I live my faith

I have been involved in serving others in the Church and community for many years. As I indicated above I served a fulltime mission for the Church as a young man. After my mission I received various callings to serve in the ward and stakes in which I found myself. Every person in the Church is used in some capacity according to their needs and desires. Throughout all the programs of the church volunteer teachers and leaders are asked to serve for an indefinite period of time. They do so willingly at their own time and expense. I have taught classes on Sunday for the adults for many years, even teaching the little children in the Primary organization, but my heart lies with the youth of the Church and their desperate needs in today's world. I served as the president of the young men's group for a number of years and even as scoutmaster. Recently I have been serving in what is called a "bishopric" as a counselor to the ward bishop. I also serve monthly in the local temple. it is impressive to realize that all over the Church people serve with no thought of remuneration. They give freely of their time and energy. My Down's daughter and I go to the Church owned thriftstore and help there twice weekly and that is a great blessing to us. I also serve in the capacity we call a "home teacher". Every family in the Church has a home teacher assigned to visit regularly and offer help and encouragement along life's difficult path. In this way we we take care of each other and become closely united in good times and bad. Community service is important to us also. We have regular blood drives at the local chapel and do food drives for the local food banks. There is so much need in our country that we can all make a difference by doing just a little bit.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Since every human being is a spirit son or daughter of God, Mormons believe in helping everyone regardless of race, gender or religion. For example, my local congregation has helped the community by painting houses, participating in blood drives and donating food to the local food bank. Shortly after my wife was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer she had her own stem cells retrieved for a transplant by the local non-profit blood bank. They asked if they could use her photo in advertizing the importance of being blood donors in our community. Of course we said, " YES". Not long after that, her photo appeared on large billboards in the area and she became a celebrity spokesperson for the blood bank. People now stop her and ask if she is the lady on the billboard and she has had many interesting conversations with total strangers. Mormons believe in being part of the communities in which we live and helping make a difference in the world. Show more Show less