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Hi I'm Kevin Nielsen

I grew up on a small farm in Utah. I've been a missionary in Brazil. I love music, skiing and camping. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 2 wonderful children, a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. Both were NICU babies, born three and four months before their due dates respectively. I am so grateful for modern medical technology that kept them alive and for the wonderful nurses and doctors who nurtured my little angels. My oldest has cerebral palsy and needs a lot of assistance to get around. I have learned so much about caring for a child with special needs. I am constantly amazed at her patience and the joy she finds in the little things in life. I am a process improvement professional and love to find a more efficient way to do business and save money. I love to play sports, ski, swim and be out in nature. I am a student of history and cultures, especially ancient American Mayans and Aztecs and European history starting with the Greeks and Romans through the Middle Ages.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I am the father of 2 living children, I lost a son at birth. Through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ I have learned where he is, what he is doing and what I can do to be reunited with him again as his father and have him as a member of my family forever. There is nothing more important to me than being with my wife and all of my children for eternity. I love the teachings of the church that families are the most important unit of society and religion. Everything we learn in the gospel of Jesus Christ are focused on bringing individuals salvation and uniting families in heaven. Not only did I learn this by study and listening to church leaders, but I have felt my Father in Heaven tell me it is true in my heart by the power of his Holy Spirit. Because of prayer and listening to my heart, I know this is true for myself now. I know that God knows me personally and is watching out for me and bringing me experiences to help me to grow. I know he feels that way about all of us as his children here on earth. He has a plan for you and for me and is willing to tell us his plan if we will but read his word, and ask Him in pray with a heart willing to follow his divine instructions.

How I live my faith

I am lucky enough to work with the missionaries of the church. You may see them in white shirts and ties walking or riding their bikes around. I get to help coordinate their visits with individuals and families that live in my surrounding neighborhoods. When people are baptized and join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I continue to visit them and teach them more about his Gospel as recorded in scripture. I love talking to those not of my faith and sharing with them the truth that I have learned. I also like to participate in church and community service projects. I try to go to the LDS temple close to my home and perform service there as often as I can.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Kevin Nielsen
The Book of Mormon, Bible and other words of the prophets contain truths that God has revealed to man. As I read about others learning to love others, following God's commandment and exercising faith, I find I can apply what they learned to my own life. In learning how God spoke to them it helps me recognize when He is speaking to me and what I should be doing. Show more Show less

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

Kevin Nielsen
The Atonement has two parts to it. The first part refers to saving all of God's children who have ever lived on the earth from physical death through the resurrection. When Christ rose from the dead, he broke the bands of death for all and proved that death is not the end. He grants this gift of immortality to all who have ever lived on the earth. We believe in the resurrection of the just and a later resurrection of the unjust before they are judged of God. The second and more important part of the Atonement of Jesus Christ refers to salvation from sin. Even though he was perfect and sinless, He offered Himself as a ransom for all of us who are imperfect. He did this to satisfy the law of justice, so that all sins would be paid in full. Because He has paid for the sins of those who repent, He can have mercy on us. It is His right and privilege to forgive when we come to Him and sincerely wish to change our hearts to follow His will for us. I have felt this forgiveness in my life many times as I've sincerely plead for it. I know He loves me and wants me to follow his commandments, but I know that even when I don't He has a way for me to repent and become clean again through his merits and not mine alone. Thus by grace I am saved after all I can do to repent and follow Him. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Kevin Nielsen
The law of chastity refers to the bounds the Lord has set for sexual relationships. God in his wisdom created physical desire between man and woman and ordained or set apart this special power as good, righteous and beautiful when used within the bonds of marriage. When these special relations are used outside of the bonds of marriage, it is an abuse of this God given power. All who engage in these acts outside the bonds of marriage will be accountable before God for their choices. Unfortunately, the media and entertainment seems to glorify the pleasure of unrighteous and inappropriate sexual relationships to the point that many are confused about it's purpose and use. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I believe that sexual relations have 2 main purposes first, to enter into a partnership with God to bring children into this world and second, to provide a special and beautiful way for a husband and wife to draw closer to each other and strengthen their marriage and commitments.  Show more Show less

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

Kevin Nielsen
The Book of Mormon and the Bible are more similar than they are different. Each is a compilation of the writings of the holy prophets and apostles of God. Each book of the Bible and each book in the Book of Mormon relate stories of faith, consequences of sin, blessings of obedience and teachings given to the people living close to the prophets who received inspiration of God. While the Bible relates the stories of the followers of God in the middle east and the Mediterranean, the Book of Mormon relates the stories of a family that left Jerusalem around 600 B.C. and traveled and settled in the Americas. The history of the Book of Mormon covers teachings and faith building stories for over 1000 years as recorded on golden plates. In answer to a prayer, Joseph Smith received these ancient records on gold plates and through the inspiration of God translated their stories for us. Thus Joseph Smith did not write the book. He translated the book so we could have it today. I personally have read both the Bible and Book of Mormon many times and know they are both from God. I testify that the Book of Mormon is true because I prayed and asked for a witness from God to know for myself. He answered my prayer and I know He will answer the sincere prayer of all who ask Him in faith.  Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Kevin Nielsen
Yes, it is true! Jesus Christ is the God of all his children on the earth. Not only do we believe he appeared here in North America shortly after he rose from the dead as is recorded in the Book of Mormon, we also believe that he appeared to all of his other congregations of true followers throughout the world. I believe that he continues to appear and direct his church as needed.  Show more Show less

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

Kevin Nielsen
No, the church does not endorse political parties, political candidates or tell it's members who to vote for. However, we feel it is our right and responsibility to speak out on issues and initiatives that affect families and the spiritual environment around us. Just as Noah, Jeremiah and many other prophets have warned people to repent of things that they shouldn't be doing, our prophets today do speak out against evil practices and laws that would promote sinful behaviors. When there are specific laws and items on a ballot, the church may direct its members to vote for or against those specific laws. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Kevin Nielsen
 We have a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon which was abridged by an ancient prophet in the Americas. We learn from its teachings as well as from the Bible. Because we believe that the Book of Mormon is a book of divine scripture we share it with all those who want to learn about our faith. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kevin Nielsen
I think of it as being engaged in a good cause. We pray, we study, but most of all we live our lives as we think our Savior would like us to live. We go to church at least once a week on Sunday to listen and learn together. We provide service to those we know at church and to our neighbors that may not be of our faith. Above all, we focus on building our families as the most important part of our lives. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Kevin Nielsen
Faith is more than just passive belief. Faith is to act upon ones belief even when we may not have a perfect knowledge of the consequences or outcomes. Faith means to trust in God, his commandments and his prophets and to do what he asks us to do. Faith requires us to live by hope that we will receive our reward in Heaven even if we never realize our blessings here on Earth. I believe that it is easy to find those who live by faith. They have a smile on their faces and a determination to live according to the truth that God has given them. They are full of hope and find joy even in sorrows and disappointment. They seem to never give up on themselves, their friends or their family members. Faith takes a lifetime to learn and perfect, and it can be helped along by praying and asking our Heavenly Father to bless us with the gift of faith. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Kevin Nielsen
The Holy Ghost's main role is to testify of Jesus Christ and of our Heavenly Father. He teaches us, inspires us and helps us learn the truth. Most of us, even though we read the scriptures, will encounter situations that are unique to our friends our region and our cultures. When these decisions and critical junctures present themselves to me, I am so grateful that I have the Holy Ghost to teach me what I should do and not do as I listen and follow the promptings I receive. When I feel specific inspiration for me and my life, I know that God loves me and knows my struggles, desires and needs. Show more Show less