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Hi I'm Ken.

I'm a Mormon and a career Infantry Soldier.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church. I have been a member for twenty years. I met a returned missionary in Army basic training that introduced me to the gospel, never listened until then, even though I had been partly raised in Utah, had some Mormon (LDS) friends, and my wife was a member also.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I chose to be. I always believed in Jesus Christ and that family's should come first. The Church had all of the elements I was looking for, i.e. youth programs, Book of Mormon, eternal families. I continue to follow His gospel because I believe in it. I have a testimony of the teachings of Jesus Christ, His Prophets, and Apostles. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and living church that contains the gospel in its fullness. I know that Pres. Thomas S. Monson, who leads our Church today under the direction of Jesus Christ, is a modern day prophet, seer, and revelator. Joseph Smith restored the true Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth and gave his life for it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day to day. I help out at our neighborhood Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, Deseret Industries, visit the elderly and/or widows, read the scriptures daily, and pray to my Heavenly Father to help me with my shortcomings. I am our local Bishop's exectutive secretary and am in charge of making sure that people have acccess to him, organize his calendar and agendas, and am a clearninghouse and/or liason between the ward members and the members of the bishopric. I teach and support, spiritually and temporally, three families in our local ward with another male Elder in our congregation on a bi-monthly basis. I also provide support and supervision for a variety of youth activities. At work people know that I don't do some things that they may do and that would violate my cherished principles. They often come to me for advice and counsel which I am more than willing to share. I try to encourage and see the good in others and hope that I am a good example to them as well.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Ken.
People assume that we don't believe in the Holy Bible. Some people think that our temples are mysterious and don't understand the term 'vicarious ordinances.' For some it is our religious garments that give them pause because in our Western culture they are not used to things being sacred. Modern day Prophets is a concept that people aren't used to because they have been told that there aren't any more. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ken.
There is a quote from Joseph Smith Jr. that I like which answers this question well for me, "A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race." I have helped out people in need in the military and in the church, member and nonmember alike, which helps me not to focus on my needs only but on others who are less fortunate. For millions of people in need the world over, the humanitarian outreach program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers hope and the potential for a life that transends disease, poverty, and despair. We are very inclusive and appreciate when others allow us to explain rather than automatically label. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Ken.
We can stop the spread and influence of pornography by voting to strike down measures that increase the avaliability of pornography, by focusing on those things that bring us closer to our Heavenly Father (reading wholesome literature, watching TV programming that is not demeaning, listening to music that doesn't promote promiscuity, treating women and children with dignity and respect), and refer those with addictions to local Church leaders and/or mental health treatment programs to stem the tide and proliferation. Pornography takes the love out of relationships and promotes selfishness. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Ken.
The blessings that I receive is that it brings me a greater understanding of our Father in Heaven and knowing what His character and nature is. I have found out for myself, through the Holy Spirit, what I can achieve and become. Reading the Book of Mormon, Bible, and other scriptures bring peace and promotes a willingness to serve others. It is a blessing for me to be able to share the scriptures with others so that they can find the peace and happiness that I have found reading these sacred volumes. My personal faith in the ministry of Jesus Christ has increased through studying these beloved chapters and verses so that I really know that He is my personal Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Ken.
We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by emulating His good example, i.e. serving others in our community, our family. Our family volunteers at the local Salvation Army Soup Kitchen on a quarterly basis. Serving helps us to be humble and we don't take things for granted. Humility is a Christlike trait, like faith, which gives up hope in The Savior and His ability to make all things right in the end. We can also increase our faith in Jesus Christ by striving to live by His teachings, which are written in the Holy Bible (KJV), Book of Mormon, and other teachings of modern day prophets. Other ways is through daily individual, family, and couple prayer. We start the day out with family scripture study to center our minds and hearts upon our Lord and Savior. We learn of His character and nature first! Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ken.
Being a convert to the Church, I always thought that Mormons were obligated to serve a mission. After becoming a member, I found that everything you do, in Church, and in life is a choice. We all have to make up our minds on how we want to serve. My wife and I would like to serve a mission when I retire from the military as LDS Military Liasons. We know that it will be a sacrifice and we are preparing spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally for this awesome opportunity. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Ken.
In the temples we make sacred covenants and promises. We do work for those who have passed away. Mormon (LDS) temples are used to help people who have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ while they lived on the earth. We can receive personal revelation from God in the temple. Ordinances are performed that enable families to be together after death. This gives me a sense of peace, knowing that my loved ones and I can be together forever. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ken.
For me I prayed sincerely and The Holy Spirit testified to me that it was true. I felt peaceful and an energy that enveloped my body; super happy feeling that I hadn't felt before up to then. I was reading a passage from the Book of Mormon before it happened, in Mormon Ch. 10 verse 4. It was like, "Wham!" I knew it was true with every fiber of my being, powerful scripture. I had read scriptures alot as a child but had never received an impression like that before. My wife at first didn't believe me but she found out later that it was 'for real'. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Ken.
We as members don't have paid clergy because it is an opportunity for us to provide service, just as The Savior did. So we should try to emulate Him in like manner. It also helps those called to focus on the needs of the many as opposed to the needs of the few, as in just oneself. It provides a well rounded individual because they work in the secular environment and yet can use their skills and talents better, because of this, within The Lord's Kingdom. Show more Show less