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Hi I'm Keith

I'm a Mormon... I joined the Church in El Paso at 19, married Sherrie in the Mesa (AZ) Temple, father of six, grandfather of 5.

About Me

I was raised in sw Michigan and had what seems to be a typical experience - active in the church of my parents (E.U.B.), scouting, school. After high school, i attended a year at Michigan State University before my draft board called. Rather than leave my fate totally to the Army's choosing, i enlisted in order to have a choice. I spent over 12 years on active duty and eventually retired from the Reserve after nearly 28 years. While in the army stationed at Ft Bliss (El Paso, TX), I was introduced to the Church through a fellow soldier (a returned missionary). I was taught by two wonderful sisters and baptised in quick order. About nine months later, I met my future wife at a Stake activity. Once I returned from Vietnam/Thailand, we were sealed in the Mesa (AZ) Temple. We've raised six children and currently have five grandchildren (with one more expected by January 2012).

Why I am a Mormon

Before i joined the army, i had been very active in the church in which i was raised. i had been the president of the youth group, taught Sunday School, earned my God & Country award in scouting, toured with a church sponsored musical show and even been invited to preach (deliver sermons) in some church services (there were those who knew me who openly suggested that i was 'cut out' for the ministry). At a youth retreat in my senior year of high school, i realised that although i had received much and had felt the Spirit from time to time, much was missing. Throughout my youth i had been exposed to multiple faiths and churches through friends and family, and had come to understand the basic tenets and teachings of many of them. None of them inspired me to seek change from what i had. When asked by a unit member to attend a meeting at which various religions would be discussed and specifically being invited to discuss what i believed, i accepted. i did not know - and it probably wouldn't have mattered if i had - that the meeting was actually a 'Meet the Missionaries' evening. what i did know was that it was being held at UTEP (Univ of Texas-El Paso), and for a young single soldier that meant young single co-eds! After the meeting, which apparently ran long past the allotted time the missionaries could be out in the evening, i took a Book of Mormon (BOM) back to the barracks with me. At the time i had one roommate, a draftee who had been drafted after his first year of law school, who worked some weekends at a law firm in town to further his law education. i decided to read the BOM until he returned. He did not return and i finished the book by about 3 a.m. Before i turned off the light, i KNEW that the BOM was true! the Holy Ghost bore a firm witness to me that it was so. I hardly slept - was up at dawn and barely managed to wait until 7:30 a.m. before pounding on the door of my misisonary friend to learn more. The rest, as they say, is history.

How I live my faith

Today, i serve as a Priesthood Group Leader in my ward (congregation) and as a temple worker & visitors' tour guide at the Denver Temple. I am active in the election process in Douglas County (CO) and have been an election judge for more than 20 years.