What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a husband, a father, a software developer, a mountain biker, an amateur astronomer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of pioneers who helped settle the American Southwest. My father's family used to live in the Old Mormon Fort in Las Vegas, NV, before it was known around the world for its entertainment options. My grandfather raised cattle on land in Nevada before it became famously referred to as Area 51. Knowing my ancestor's struggles to carve out a living in the harsh desert of the Great Basin, has helped me to establish my own identity and purpose in life. They loved God, family and their country with all their hearts. I try to do the same. After going to school in neighboring Utah, my wife and I settled in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. We're just a couple of desert rats who can't seem to stay out of the heat! We have 5 beautiful children (1 boy and 4 girls). Yes 4 girls! Which certainly makes things interesting trying to get them ready to go to school or church. I work for the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer as a software engineer and really enjoy my work. It is satisfying to work for a company that many people recognize and whose products they utilize on a daily basis to enrich their lives. When I'm not busy with family, work, or church activities I try to hit the local desert trails on my mountain bike as often as I can. I love the exercise, the chance to be outdoors, and the time I have to socialize with close friends who I may not be able to spend time with any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

My family have been Mormons since nearly the founding of the church in 1830. It was only natural for me to continue on in the faith of my fathers. However, from my very early childhood, I developed a deep love and understanding of God our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This understanding was entirely separate from the faith that my parents had, for it was a real and personal witness that I myself received through the power of the Holy Ghost to my soul. That I may know with a surety, the same truths that my ancestors had already come to know through that same Holy Spirit. My sixteenth birthday occurred on a Sunday. On that Sabbath Day, we attended a church conference with ten's of thousands of other members of my church. In that special conference I had the privilege and honor of hearing from a real life modern-day Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Apostle spoke and bore his testimony of the last few days of our Savior's life in minute detail, I began to weep with an overwhelming peaceful feeling of joy that what I was hearing was indeed true. In that moment, it was as if all the wonderful feelings I had felt in Sunday school, family activities, boy scout outings, and private prayers, coalesced together into an amazing spiritual experience that would never leave my soul. When I got home from that conference, I knelt on my knees beside my bed and thanked my Heavenly Father for that priceless gift. The gift of testimony. I know that God lives. I know that He has re-established His Church upon the earth today through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that through the power of God, Joseph translated and published the ancient scripture known today as The Book of Mormon, and that this book is also true. It is the cornerstone upon which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is founded. If you would know, as I know, the truth of these things, then I would encourage you to use the tool given to the world for this very purpose.

How I live my faith

The life of a Latter-Day Saint, is led by the daily recognition that all good gifts come from our Heavenly Father and that he expects us to use these gifts to our own benefit as well as those around us. Life itself is a blessing from Heaven and he expects us to live it to its fullest potential. That potential cannot be realized unless it is founded upon the teachings and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In short, we should do what the Savior did while He was on the earth. The Savior worked as a carpenter to help support His family. He fed the hungry, helped the poor, and visited the sick and afflicted. He established His Church upon the earth and then set about serving its members in ways too numerous to count. He was kind and loving to all he met and encouraged the down trodden to be of good cheer. He was the perfect example of a life well led and everything that mankind could ever hope to become or achieve. I try to follow his example. I work to help support my family. I donate generously to help feed the poor and the hungry. I try to visit the sick and afflicted. I serve today in His Church by helping others to come to know Christ as I have been able to in my own life. I try to be kind and loving to everyone I know and encourage those who stand in need of encouragement. My life is not perfect, not even close. But each day, each week, can be lived and should be lived in such a way that it was better than the day, or the week before. This is our destiny as sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father -- to become more like Him and His Son Jesus Christ, our oldest brother who showed us the way.