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Hi I'm Ken Mano

I'm a Nisei - I'm an IT Analyst for Kaiser Permanente, I have a great wife and 6 kids, I'm a volunteer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California of Japanese parents, Nisei means 2nd generation in Japanese. We lived in Los Angeles at the time Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and were forced to leave when everyone of Japanese ancestry was relocated from the West Coast. My parents left their thriving produce market and nice home, and packed what they could into their truck and left for Utah in the voluntary evacuation because they had friends there. Those who had no other place to go were forced into "relocation centers" which were in deserted locations throughout the west. My mom records that they burned many treasures from Japan and sold their belongings for 10 cents on the dollar. I was three at the time and my sister was one. After moving to Layton, Utah, our family lived for a time in a converted chicken coop at a friend's place. We later moved to Rockport, Murray and finally to West Bountiful, Utah when I was in the 6th grade.

Why I am a Mormon

West Bountiful was nearly 100 percent Mormon, on one day a week, all the kids after school would walk to the church, which was just around the corner, and attend primary, so we went along, thought that's what everyone was supposed to do. I became a blazer scout and had a great primary teacher. Eventually, the stake missionaries came to our house and my sister and I got baptized. Later, my other two brothers and a sister also got baptized. They are all wonderful people and very active in the church also. One good thing that came out of WW II for us, was that we became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I don't know that it would have happened otherwise. I became very active in the church, especially in Scouting and sports. I had a great Scoutmaster and in spite of having a very sheltered background and little experience in swimming or the outdoors, became a Life Scout. When I was 20, most of my good Mormon friends were going on missions, not being raised in the church that wasn't one of my expectations, but I did finally decide to go and was called to Japan, where I served for two and a half years. Serving in the land of my ancestors was a great privilege and experience, as well as one of the highlights of my life. I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ, that he is our Savior and Redeemer. I believe that He and God the Father actually appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith. That he was given the Book of Mormon, which is the word of God, truly another testament of Jesus Christ, which goes hand in hand with the Bible. I believe that this church was restored through the authority from God which Joseph Smith received from Heavenly beings. I've read the Book of Mormon many times and believe it contains the truth as does the Bible. I remain a Mormon because this church has given me the values and beliefs which help me to shape my life and make me a better person.

How I live my faith

Eventually, I got married, graduated from BYU with an MBA and moved to Northern California. My wife is a wonderful mom and we have six great kids, all grown now so we are empty nesters. Over the years, I've served in the youth programs of the church as well as other callings, but my favorite was working with the Boy Scouts, I was Scoutmaster twice and Scout Committee chairman about 3 times as well as on the Council Explorer committee and received the BSA District Award of Merit. The other really fun thing was coaching youth volleyball for the church and club. I got involved with our high school athletic boosters program when my wife volunteered me to be treasurer. We were very successful at fundraising and I served as treasurer for 8 years. I started the eScrip fund raising program from which we earned over $1 million over the years. We started hosting the Special Olympics events at the high school, and I organized the volunteers for their events and became active in other community activities, such as Mormon Helping Hands projects for the city and a was Chairman for a Red Cross Blood Drive. I was honored to receive several awards from our City, the Boosters and from Special Olympics. I think its really important for us to be involved in service, as we believe that its through service to our fellow man that we are in the service to our God. I feel that being of service to others is the best way to live our faith and show our love for our fellow man.