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Hi I'm Ken Tidwell

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 30 years to my beautiful wife, Ruth Ann, and together we have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. We live in beautiful Fort Collins, CO at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, which is perfect for my love of the mountains. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, showshoeing, skiing, and waterskiing. In my professional life I have been a software engineer, engineering manager, and marketing manager for worldwide computer company. I love the opportunity to work with people from all over the globe. In my spare time I enjoy working with young people. I've been fortunate to be involved with Boy Scouts and other youth activities most of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I think like most people born Mormon, as I was, there comes a point in life where you have to decide if you really believe in the faith you were raised with or not. For me, it happened when I was about 19. I had moved away from home. Unlike many Mormon young men, I had decided not to serve a mission. I was out on my own, working and having fun. I had not walked away from my faith, but just sort of put it in a holding pattern. I was spending lots of time in my favorite place, the mountains. Now, I cannot be in the rugged beauty of the mountains without feeling closer to God. On one of my hikes, I just felt I needed to know if God was really there. So knelt on the side of the mountain and prayed like I never had before. Not only did I discover that God is indeed there, I also learned that I needed to change the course of my life. Once one knows that God exists, and I do. I think it becomes imperative to know all we can about Him and what he expects of us. Thus I began a diligent study of the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon to find out if it was really the word of God, Space will not allow me to recount everything that happened. Suffice it to say that I came to an assurance of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and hence an assurance of its origin through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

I am a great believer in daily scripture study and personal prayer. I feel they help me keep my life in tune with God's will and give me guidance and inspiration in my family, work, and other activities. I am also a great believer in keeping the Sabbath day holy, as instructed in the Holy Bible. Those three things, scripture study, prayer, and Sunday worship are the foundation for me. Then, building on that foundation, I love to help others through church and community service. I have especially enjoyed working with young people, through Boy Scouts, coaching soccer, and other youth activities. I currently have the special privilege of serving as the bishop of a local congregation and find my own faith strengthened by the faithful example of fellow members that I witness daily.