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Hi I'm Ken

I was born in Hawaii. I live and work in California as an engineer. Life has meaning and brings me happiness. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am husband to a wonderful wife and we are the parents of five great children. I work in the aerospace industry. I am active in the community, I love the outdoors, I enjoy college sports and I am a Giants baseball fan.  I really enjoy hiking and canyoneering, and most sports.

Why I am a Mormon

Life presents many challenges and I am not immune to hardship and pain. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me motivation to continue in faith even in times of struggle. It brings me peace in a world of turmoil and strife. I believe that I can live with my family eternally through the plan of a loving Father in Heaven. I know the prize of being together with my family forever is worth the effort. There are also many blessings to enjoy along the way. I am happy. I miss my loved ones who have passed away. Parting is difficult even after many years, but I receive great comfort in knowing and receiving confirmation that there is life beyond death. It is more than just a belief. The plan of happiness taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives real meaning to my life and I find peace in knowing that I am a child of a loving god who knows me by name and knows my struggles. Really! On a daily basis, I receive answers to my prayers as I strive to faithfully observe the commandments of God. It is really quite amazing to observe the hand of the Lord assisting me in my work and other daily activities. I believe the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have enjoyed the fruits of obedience to His commandments. I have read the Book of Mormon and I believe that the Book of Mormon complements the Bible in testifying of the divinity of Jesus Christ. I believe that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the words of God.

How I live my faith

I love my family. I love supporting my adult children in their activities. Family is an important part of our faith. I want my children to do more, see more, and accomplish more than me. I want them to reach their potential. I am active in the community, volunteering in schools and in community volunteer activities. I enjoy working with other community volunteers. I am also a volunteer leader in church, working with adults and youth and families. I also volunteer with my wife as missionary group leaders of an addiction recovery group -- an effort I am passionate about. A friend once commented that if I spent as much time and effort in making money as I do in volunteer activities, I would be a very wealthy man. Perhaps, he is right, but I have been blessed with a wonderful family and great friends. Money can't buy these blessings.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Ken
We believe in sexual purity and chastity. This means we do not engage in sexual relations outside of marriage. We also believe that marriage is defined by God to be a sacred relationship between a man and a woman, bound by a covenant with each other. We love all of God's children. We do not condone cruelty to those who choose to engage in homosexual relationships. We do defend our right to preserve the sanctity of marriage. I have good friends, close co-workers, and family members who disagree with my belief, but we still mutually respect and love and help each other. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ken
For most of my life, I have lived where most people wonder about this very question. As people get to know us, they realize we are Christian. We are Christian as God and Jesus Christ have declared it. We believe Jesus Christ stands at the head of our church. Jesus Christ is the center our faith. I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and King. We love and appreciate the life and works of Jesus and set Him as our example. We strive to exemplify in the way we live the great ideals of Jesus Christ. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is central to everything we hope for in this life and in the eternities. Yes, we are Christian! According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, “christian” is defined as follows: 1 a : one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ b (1) : disciple (2) : a member of one of the Churches of Christ separating from the Disciples of Christ in 1906 (3) : a member of the Christian denomination having part in the union of the United Church of Christ concluded in 1961 Are Mormons Christians? By definitions 1a and 1b(1), Mormons are without a doubt Christians. By definitions b(2) and b(3), Mormons do not qualify. By every definition except for membership in man-made organizations, Mormons are Christians in word and in deed. We believe in Christ and He stands at the head of our church. He lives! Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Ken
It is wonderful! I love being a Mormon. It is not a life of leisure and there is often hard work involved as we serve others. We focus much attention on personal worthiness, family happiness, and service. My life has so much meaning and purpose and living the way I am supposed to live brings me so much joy. I often wonder what my life would be like if I wasn't a Mormon. My heart wells up with gratitude at the thought, because I enjoy great blessings each day. That doesn't mean that is easy, but it is certainly worthwhile. I love my many friends of all faiths and backgrounds, but I am so grateful to be a Mormon. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Ken
We have a volunteer missionary force. Most of the missionaries are young men and women who leave behind family, education and work for eighteen to twenty-four months. They are not paid during this time and, typically, either they or their families prepare for their service by saving the money necessary to fund the activities during their term of service. I have a son and a daughter who both left school to serve as missionaries. My son left at the age of nineteen to serve in El Salvador and Belize. My daughter left for her service in Wisconsin at the age of twenty-one. They both enjoyed their experiences even though they both experienced difficult hardships and trials. As a father I witnessed through letters their growth as they taught about our Heavenly Father's plan of salvation. Through selfless service, they grew in character and in faith. The rest of our family grew in faith as we followed their experiences and prayed for them. I believe my son and daughter will agree with us that their service was worth much, much more than the time and money we invested in the experience. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ken
Joseph Smith was a great man and we revere him as such because of the great and important things he accomplished. We do not worship Joseph Smith or serve him. We study about his life, because of the great significance of Joseph Smith's first vision and the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the priesthood authority. It is a series of remarkable historical events. I recently had the opportunity to visit Rochester, New York on a business trip and I found time to visit the nearby town of Palmyra and the Sacred Grove. I was able to see and study and review the circumstances surrounding the events and experiences of Joseph Smith. This was no chance happening or coincidence. We worship Our Heavenly Father and His Son, the resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ken
Latter-day Saints help all of God's children. Service is huge part of my life. The church has donated over a billion dollars in cash and material assistance in over 167 countries, with assistance going to people of all faiths and creeds. We are encouraged to serve in our neighborhoods and communities. I believe I meet the best people from all faiths as I serve. It is a lot of fun. I think people who serve have the best children and these are the young people I want to be friends of my children, irrespective of race or creed. Many have commented that we would be a wealthy family if I channeled our time and energy into making money instead of community service. I would not trade the blessings and joy of service for money. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Ken
I love the Bible and I believe it is the word of God, given to man to help us. God loves us and He has given us other scriptures that, together with the Bible, testify of Christ. God didn't love the people of old more than He loves us today. God hasn't changed. He blesses us today with a prophet who testifies of the divinity of His Son, Jesus Christ, and leads us through the pitfalls of the day, so that we may return to His presence. I believe the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and of the truth of the Bible. Likewise, the Bible testifies of Christ and of the truth of the Book of Mormon. There is no contradiction. The Doctrine and Covenants contains revelations and inspired declarations for the establishment and government of the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days. It helps us to understand the teachings of the Bible and the Book of Mormon and contains more recent declarations from God. The Pearl of Great Price is a compilation of sacred revelations and translations. It also contains writings of the prophet, Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Ken
There are no race or color restrictions for joining, participation, or leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That includes holding the priesthood. We all serve voluntarily and without remuneration -- we don't get paid. Well, actually, I feel I get paid in blessings. If it were not so, I would not do what I do. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide church. We believe we are all children of a loving God. Our personal worthiness may restrict our ability to participate in all ordinances, but that is because of the sacred nature of some of the things we do. The qualifications of worthiness are the same no matter who we are, where we came from, or what our culture teaches. Sometimes, we are asked to sacrifice our norms to abide by God's laws. Show more Show less

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

Ken
The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit and a member of the Godhead, which consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ -- the Only Begotten Son of God, and the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones so the Holy Ghost can dwell in us as we are worthy and faithful. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one in purpose, but they are distinct and individual beings. The Holy Ghost can guide us in our choices and help us to avoid physical and spiritual danger as we are worthy and as we are open to guidance. The Holy Ghost will comfort us as we struggle. The Holy Ghost will help us to learn and testify of truth. The Holy Ghost will help us to understand when God, the Father, is pleased with our work. Show more Show less