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Hi I'm Ken Tracy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a tax partner at an international accounting firm. My wife and I have been married over 30 years and have 5 children, including some with disabilities. I was raised all over the world on Army bases ranging from Bremerhaven, Germany to Okinawa, Japan. My high school years were in Hawaii and New Jersey. I love to run and enjoy college football. And I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fifth generation Mormon. My ancestors joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New York state in the 1830's and eventually made the Mormon migraiton to Utah. But every member of the Church is converted to this faith in the sense that all of us must gain our own personal conviction of the truthfulness of its teachings. These teachings include revealed knowledge regarding the purpose of our lives (i.e., why are we here on earth and where did we come from) and the Church's claims to divine priesthood authority to help us fulfill that purpose by enabling individuals to return to God and families to be together after death. I am no exception to this pattern of conversion. There was no single moment or experience that caused me to believe, but rather a lifetime of spiritual awakenings and promptings that caused me to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and believe that he has called prophets in our time and revealed His word through the Bible and additional scriptures. These scriptures include the Book of Mormon. The key to knowing for yourself whether these things are true is to read the Book of Mormon yourself and pray to ask God if its teachings and the claims regarding its origins are true. If you can take that step, everything else will fall in place. The scriptures and the words of living prophets have brought me a peace that infuses every day of my life with hope and meaning.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ guides every step of my life. As a young man, I served as a missionary for the Church for two years in the beautiful country of Colombia where I met wonderful people and made lifelong friends and learned to value a different culture. I returned from my mission and married my sweetheart in a Mormon temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. While raising our five children in Denver, Washington DC, Dallas, the California Bay Area and now in Seattle, we have tried to be good parents and good citizens of our community. We want our kids to avoid the dangers of alcohol and drugs and pornography and sexual immorality that are so prevalent in the world and that cloud and complicate the lives of so many young people. We do our best to teach them to love their neighbors and serve others in their community, including so many who are less fortunate. We try and serve in whatever modest way we can both in and out of our Church organization - in food drives, by aiding the homeless, donating to causes that alleviate suffering, and serving as volunteers in our Church. I currently volunteer as the Bishop of our congregation here on Mercer Island, Washington. We try to be aware of the greater world around us and the deprivation that afflicts so many. We pray for the afflicted as a family and then try and do what we can to sacrifice and contribute to causes that alleviate their suffering. We believe that the needs are both physical and spiritual - that people require food for their bodies and truth for their souls and that the needs are equally great. We worship Jesus Christ as a family and believe that life has a purpose and that Christ's life, mission, and sacrifice will pay for all sin and relieve all suffering in the end.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Ken Tracy
Chastity is virtue. It means that we commit to not having sex before marriage and reserving it only for our spouse after marriage. The world thinks this is crazy; that human sexuality should be celebrated and displayed. I know better. These are excuses for surrendering to urges that are wonderfully good in a committed marriage, but incredibly destructive outside of it. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Ken Tracy
My wife and I have equal rsponsibility to love one another and raise our children in a safe, caring environment and to teach them that they are children of God and that He loves them and has a plan for them in this mortal life. Many Mormon women work - some of necessity and some becuase it fulfills them. In our family, my wife has chosen to stay at home and riase our 5 children. Several of our children have special challenges and her role is as demanding as any in the workplace. When we were younger, we mutually made a choice that she would make some sacrifices to get me through a Masters program in Accounting and that I would focus my time and energies on providing financially for our family. These decisions have been made as a partnership throughout our married lives. It has worked for us. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ken Tracy
The Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible in testifying that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was chosen before the world was created to be the Savior for all mankind. This means that he would sacrifice himself to pay the price for our sins and thereby enable us to be able to return to the presence of God stronger and better for the experiences and tests of this life. The setting for this witness is stories of families and civilizations of the Americas. Thus, the Bible is a Testament of Christ set in the Old World and the Book of Mormon is a testament of Chirst set in the New World. But the best way to appreciate it is to read it. Don't just accept what other people, including me, tell you about it. Read it and pray to know it is true. It's words will speak to your soul. It's truths will sound very familiar to you. Your heart will tell you that this is stuff that you've always known in your heart was true. Show more Show less