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Hi I'm Kent

I'm a Mormon. I'm an optical physicist/engineer, and I marvel to see the Lord's fingerprints in the beautiful world He created.

About Me

I grew up in a predominantly Mormon community with strong family heritage in the Church. My father was a professor of nuclear physics and an avid outdoorsman. One of his quests was to fish every lake in Utah's Uintah mountains, and I was always glad when I could come along to check a few more off the list. He said that his greatest joy came from knowing that his children lived Gospel of Jesus Christ. My mother was the most kind and unselfish person I've ever known. As a mother of six boys and one girl (my lucky sister), she devoted her life to her children and quiet service to others. While attending college, I met my wonderful wife with whom I've shared the last 23 years. After working through a couple of years of school together, we both managed to graduate with the class of '90 at BYU. Our adventures have taken us from coast to coast as I completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering and worked for a government lab, a university research lab, a major defense contractor, and finally a small company here in Colorado. We have five children who are beginning to head out on their own. The oldest is halfway into a two-year mission for the Church, and we just sent the next one off to her first year of college. With two in high school, and one in middle school, we are sure to spend the next several years attending scores of sporting events, band concerts, musicals, camping trips, etc. In my spare time, I love to play basketball, play outdoors, and be with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am thankful for the legacy of faith that my parents and several generations of Mormon pioneers passed on to me and my family. Although I was raised in the Church, my testimony of the restored Gospel goes beyond family tradition. The Book of Mormon teaches that "by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." On several occasions, the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me that the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true and living Church of Jesus Christ. When I was a young boy, my family went on a cross-country road trip, and I had the opportunity to visit many historical Church sites. Finally, we ended up in Palmyra, New York, where Joseph Smith's boyhood home had been. It was there, in a grove of trees, that Joseph Smith claimed to have been visited by God, the Father, and his son, Jesus Christ. I wanted to know for myself that these things were true. In this same grove, I decided to kneel in prayer, and to ask the Lord if all that I had learned about Joseph Smith and the restored Church was true. In spite of the mosquitoes that voraciously surrounded me, I felt something that I had never felt before, and that I will never forget. The Spirit simply, yet powerfully whispered to my heart that it was all true. Since then, many other experiences have strengthened my faith in the Church. The first time I read the Book of Mormon was a very powerful experience, and I can testify that this book is another testament of Jesus Christ. As a missionary in Brazil, I was able to witness the changes in people's lives as they embraced the Gospel and found joy in it. As an engineer investigating the wonders science, I have seen the evidence the Lord's hand in our creation. Perhaps the strongest foundation of my faith comes from enjoying the fruits of the Gospel in my life and seeing it work for my family. Although I miss my parents dearly, I rejoice in the Atonement of Jesus Christ which enables families to be together forever.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by first fulfilling my responsibilities as a father and husband. The Gospel provides a perfect blueprint of how to raise a righteous and happy family. As a family, we try to take time daily to read the scriptures together and join in family prayer. We make an effort to observe the Sabbath day and to attend our church meetings each week. Church leaders encourage us to have "Family Home Evening" on Monday nights to study the Gospel and coordinate family business for the week. We are not perfect in doing these things, but the beauty of the Gospel is the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which makes it possible for us to overcome our weaknesses and become more like him on a daily basis. If we constantly strive to do His will, and if we continue to repent of our sins, He blesses us with His love and forgiveness. I always find that the spirit of love and happiness is greater in our home when we are diligent in our family prayer and scripture study. I also strive to live my faith through service in the Church. I currently serve as a youth leader in our young men's organization. Specifically, I serve as an adviser to the 12- and 13-year-old boys in our congregation. These worthy young men are ordained to the Priesthood as Deacons in the Church. As such, they are entrusted with sacred responsibilities and learn to serve others. The Church uses scouting (Boy Scouts of America) as the activity program for young men, and in this role, I serve as the Scoutmaster for our troop of about ten boys. The scouting values of duty to God and country, service to others, and keeping oneself physically fit, mentally awake, and morally straight complement the standards of the Church. In addition to teaching Priesthood lessons at church on Sundays, we have weekly scouting activities, monthly campouts, service projects, etc. to keep the young men anxiously engaged in good works. I thoroughly enjoy working with such fine young boys and watching them develop into great men.