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Hi I'm Kerry

I'm a retired Soldier. I was an Airborne Ranger and a Team Chief in the National Military Command Center. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with 7 children and 22 grandchildren. Spent over 33 years in the military, primarily as an Infantry officer, Airborne, Ranger, and Air Assault qualified. Served a 16 month combat tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne and as a District Senior Adviser. My last assignment was with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon where I served in the National Military Command Center as a Deputy Team Chief during the Panama invasion and a Team Chief during during the first Gulf War. I participated in the planning for these and numerous other operations. I worked with General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense. Even met President George H. W. Bush when he visited the NMCC. I served for four years as US Military Representative to the Major NATO Commander's Alerts Committee and was the Joint Staff Representative to LIVE OAK, a four power (US, West Germany, Britain, France) organization responsible for allied access to Berlin (charged with planning a response should the Soviets again block Allied access to Berlin). After retiring from the Army in 1991, I spent 15 years as the Emergency Manager for Brigham Young University. I'm now retired and I'm a life-long Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I loved serving my country and the Lord. Some of my early childhood heros were not only early generals from our coutry's history, like George Washington, Stonewall Jackson or George Patton, but also leaders from the scriptures, like Joshua from the Bible and Captain Moroni and Helaman with the 2000 stripling warriors from the Book of Mormon. I wanted to dedicate my life to protecting freedom the way these great men did. My commitment to the Church and a Military career started as a youth. I joined the Army when I graduated from high school and subsequently served an LDS mission with the Navajo Indians. Working with the Indians fully cemented my testimony of the Book of Mormon. Their traditions and stories were so parallel with the Book of Mormon (which is a religious history of some of the early civilizations on the American Continent) that I knew that the Book of Mormon had to be true. The Prophet Joseph Smith could not have known all these stories when he published the Book of Mormon. This was physical proof to me, but I also applied the promise from the last portion of the Book of Mormon and had a spiritual confirmation of the truth of the book. And if the book, which tells of Christ's visit to the Americas after his resurrection, is true, then its coming forth and subsequently the organization of His (Christ's) church which followed is of God. Joseph Smith was a prophet and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's Church here on the earth. As I continue to study and serve my testimony of the Gospel continues to grow.

How I live my faith

I received a Priesthood blessing before I deployed to Vietnam that promised I would be unharmed if I continued to keep the commandments. I know I was miraculously preserved many times because I resisted the offers of sexual favors and other temptations that were so prevelant during that war. During my military and subsequent careers I served in numerous positions in the LDS Church, to include Bishop (leader of a local congregation of 300-400 members) twice. My wife and I served (completely paying our own way) a military relations mission at Ft Stewart, GA. It was great to have the opportunity to serve with troops again, and help their families cope with the stresses of constant military training and deployments. As part of our missionary service we volunteered with Army Community Services and other service organizations that serve the soldiers' families. Among other efforts we taught all the Army Family Team Building classes to help family members new to the Army adjust and learn how to best understand and transition from civilian life to Army life. We also provided a Family Orientation to acquaint new family members with what was offered to support Army families, and since the American Red Cross provides support to soldiers, we also volunteered and supported their disaster programs. Being missionaries we also served as lay chaplains at the post hospital and provided non-denominational spiritual support to patients (and often staff) during times when the assigned chaplain was not present. The largest part of our mission was to provide spiritual support to LDS members serving in the Army. It was extremely rewarding to see the changes that came in the lives of Church members as they embraced the principles of the Gospel, kept the commandments and served each other during their times of trial. It was wonderful to serve Heavenly Father, our fellow saints, and the entire Army community. We are now serving at the London Hyde Park LDS Visitor's Center.