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Hi I'm Kevin

I was born, raised, and baptized in Southern California. I moved to Georgia in November 2011.. AND I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Kevin. I am a convert and was baptized in 1997 shortly after my 17th birthday in California. I served my mission in Texas. I moved to Georgia from CA in Nov 2011. I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, electronics, and movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I came to be a member of this Church through the example of a friend and his family. They had not discussed the Church but they were really good friends and always welcomed me into their home.

How I live my faith

I was just recently asked to be the employment specialist in my congregation. It's new for me but I will enjoy figuring it out and serving those around me :)

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kevin
Temples are not the same thing as meetinghouses where worship services are held every week. Before a temple is dedicated there will be a free open house where anyone and everyone ("Mormons" and non-Mormons) may go inside of the soon to be Temple and take a tour and ask questions. After they are dedicated, Temples are considered to be the houses of Jesus Christ, literally. As such, He has certain standards or guidelines that need to be met in order to enter them. "Mormons" do not discuss the details of what takes place in Temples out of respect. Respect for Jesus Christ and to respect how extremely sacred those things are. "Mormons" believe that families can be together forever, not just until we die. This is one thing that happens in Temples. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kevin
No. "Mormons" are not REQUIRED to serve a mission. They are encouraged to serve a mission after prayerful consideration and after speaking to their parents and local Church leaders. I served my mission in Texas and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Kevin
No. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not practice polygamy. The practice of polygamy was actually discontinued in 1890. Contrary to popular belief, it was NOT practiced very widely. It was something you were asked to do. It was not a "free for all" nor was it something you just "signed up" for. 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?

Kevin
No. Any person of any race may become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There was a period of time until 1978 where male members of African decent were not able to hold the Priesthood. The President of the Church at the time, President Kimball, prayed countless times over many years for the restriction to be lifted. For quite some time the answer He received was "No". Jesus Christ is the at the head of this Church. It is HIS Church. Nothing changes unless it is His will. The reason for the restriction has never been revealed by The Lord and is not the first time he has excluded a group of people from something. Personally, this restriction has never bothered me. I have known for many years, even prior to my baptism, that The Lord has His reasons which we may or may not know at the time. Things happen in HIS own time and according to HIS will. His thoughts are not our thoughts. Show more Show less