Hi I'm Kellen!
WHAAAAT??? ;D The name's Kellen, I go by the alias 'Silva Tung'D Angel'. I'm the self-proclaimed screw-up genius. I've made quite a few mistakes in my life. Some of these mistakes; in my perspective, seem unjustifiable, but are somehow forgiven by the Atonement of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:] Music is my everything. It's my healing, my happiness and my peace. Music can take any single good thing and magnify it beyond our mind's comprehension. :) I don't like to be serious, but I like to be taken seriously. ;o Smiley's put me in the best mood :D I probably have A.D.D. 'I know, man this song's turning out awesom- OOOH! A KITTY :D' I ghost ride the whip. ;D I take my problems, hit them head on, and put the result on paper. I call it writing a rap :] : 'I was nothing, upset, contemplating leavin' home So down on myself, sometimes I felt all alone Then when I found my Father in Heaven, all my pain just went away My whole attitude changed, I started having good days I try to live right by treating people with respect I try to spread peace, like when hippies protest I try to live my life happy without stepping on your toes I try to help us all get along, friends or foes. Yo, I can keep a secret, I can make you feel worth it I can make you feel special and I'll make it my purpose.' Put simply, I love God, Jesus Christ, my Fam'ly, GIRLS :), Hip-Hop, fresh threads, b-ball, shopping, video games, helping out, running miles, chattin' on the phone, and my BMW, 'nuff said :]
Why I am a Mormon
'Cause I LOVE IT. :] Temporally speaking... this is in no way any offense towards any church. Yes, I do have many friends of many different faiths. This is the only faith that has and will ever make sense to me. Doctrine-wise, social-wise, everything just makes perfect sense to me. It's given me true direction in my life, it's given me hope for the life to come and an eternal perspective of things. It has given me a greater desire to help everyone around me. Spiritually speaking I was born in the Church and I've always had some kind of a testimony of the truth of it. Everyone has a time in their life, however, that they must make a stand. It is either true or it ain't. I wanted to know what it was. I did what I was counseled to do. I read of the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, I prayed about it's divine authenticity, and I received a powerful, spiritual confirmation that it was absolutely true. Everyday is a testimony builder for me as I go about strengthening it. I'm ever grateful to have this knowledge, and I've loved being what I am. I stand fast to the fact that the more we're persecuted, the more true this is. I'm a firm believer that anyone that rejects this glad message is too lazy or too scared to try it. 'If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.' (John 7:17). Just try it, let the seed work within you. I promise if you exercised a particle of Faith, and discredit anything negative you've heard about this Church, you'd find more happiness waiting for you than you could ever imagine. (Alma 32:27-43) I use the awesome words of the Flobots to emphasize my point: 'It's not equal, it's not fair We're different people but we're not scared We ain't never scared to pave a new path Make a new street, build a new bridge' -Flobots P.S. Some of the finest girls I've dated were Latter-day Saints. .......Jus' sayin' ;) hahaha.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Forgiveness. Forgiving someone is a lot more important and imperative than; I believe, anyone gives credit for. Since we're all imperfect beings, it's a given that we're going to screw up; some more royally than others. Sometimes their decisions affect you, sometimes their decisions are intentional. I could either hold a grudge against the person, be unhappy and filled with anger, or I can forgive the person and try to help them overcome that decision. Why make the world worse? Why not try to replace darkness with light? I promise you your life gets a lot better and you'll be filled with a lot more happiness. I'm a very sensitive person. As such, I do take offense easily. It's something I'm trying to stop. It is easy to make me cry. But I know that when I calmly explain how that person felt, and tell them that I forgive them; regardless of their reaction, I feel a lot more at peace and more happy.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Here's a few scriptures to start this answer: 'For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.' - Romans 5:19 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' - Matthew 5:16 It's easy to follow the crowd 'n stuff. But I like to go against the grain and show people that doing good things makes you a lot happier. Simple psychology.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
I've been gifted with an awesome body. Jus' for the ladies.... ;] nah, I'm jus' playin'. Sorry, had to say it.. hahahaha. :) But, really, Heavenly Father's given me a lot of really sweet gifts and talents in order to further His Kingdom and to serve my brothers and sisters. What greater gifts can you ask for? ;) I feel I got a real talent for humor.. I just LOVE making people laugh. It puts me in the best mood, and hopefully it puts them in the best mood as well. I can crack a joke almost after every sentence someone says, or say something funny about it. I like to make people smile. :) I also feel I can relate; on a very personal level with people. I feel I have a gift for sympathy and empathy. My favorite talent that I have is the talent for love. How dope is that??? haha. In a world that's gotten pretty cold.. that's full of people that suffer from depression, anxiety, heartache, and confusion, what better way to bring a lil' bit of light into the world but by showin' MAD LOVE FOR 'EM? :]! I've had a lot of peoples call me and come up to me to just vent and let me know what's going on. Pretty much every single time, I drop everything I'm doing in the moment to give my full undivided attention to these individuals. I'm ALL ABOUT helping out my brothers and sisters. With so much hate in the world, why not share a little love for it? :)
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Lemme ask ya some'in. So, let's say that someone told you that there was an extremely powerful and loving being that only cares about your individual happiness and he really wanted to talk to you. Would you talk to that being? ..... Hope so ;] So, when I was a kid, my parents told me that I could talk to my Heavenly Father, that most powerful and loving Being that only cares about each of our individual happiness. They also told me how much He wanted to talk to me. Morning, Day, Night, and everywhere in between is a prayer to me. If God really orchestrates my life I wanna make sure my thoughts is right with His (Isaiah 55:8) Through prayer I have received answers to questions I've pondered about, I've been able to make extremely well made (if not, divine intervened) choices. I have felt the Comforter truly comfort me. (John 14:26). I have gained the knowledge that there truly is a God. Prayer makes my bad days good and my good days better. It ain't a wish for something.. it's a cry for support and help, a communication between you and your Father in Heaven, it's a way to give thanks for all He's done for you. Basically, it's kind of a big deal. ;)
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Lemme start with a story: (I'm a fan of stories :]) I wasn't always the best kid. I remember a time in my life when I wasn't happy. I had a hole in my soul that I didn't know was there. I went to school one day and was invited by my friend Zoey; whom was a member of the Church, to come hang out with her and some friends. I said that'd be great and I went to her house that weekend. It turns out that it was a bunch of church members. I remember having a very spiritual and fun, uplifting time. I started feeling that hole get a little filled. After I departed I started feeling really happy. As soon as I got home I flipped open my copy of the Book of Mormon saying, 'Lord, if this is what You want, show me what I need to read.' It turns out that I flipped to exactly what I needed to read: Mosiah 24. A chapter of people going through a really hard time and them praying to God to be helped. They prayed and the Lord comforted them and delivered them out of bondage. At that moment I was thinking: 'I really believe that happened.. I think this literally happened.' I then fell on my knees and told my Heavenly Father that I was willing to do anything to keep this joy in my life. I told Him that I would change my ways and I just really needed to know the truth. I can't describe the feeling of warmth, peace, and assurance that I felt that night. I received a knowledge of the truth and I have been a zealous, devout member ever since that night. The Book of Mormon is the most powerful witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ and of the reality of Heavenly Father that I've ever read. It has brought me more peace, love, and understanding in my life; in a world filled with chaos than anything else ever has. I know that every word written in that book really happened. I know Joseph Smith translated it. I could never have this much peace and happinesss without that Book. You can argue its upbringing, you can deny its truth, you can disbelieve it all you want But you cannot destroy it.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
Well, let's see.. Other than Jesus Christ's Atonement, it is the greatest event to ever occur. I mean, I'm extremely humbled to have this knowledge. I can't give enough thanks to my Eternal Father that he allowed me; a big sinner, to have this peace, this happiness, this security and this hope. I've seen too many others with questions, sitting in darkness, having almost no knowledge about God's nature and our purpose in this life. I've asked many people these questions: What is God's true nature? What is the purpose of life? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why's there so much confusion? What do I really need to do to gain salvation? The only answers I've ever gotten that can even be remotely correct are the ones I recevied from Christ's Restored Church. I know from experiences, evidences, circumstances, logic, and most importantly the Holy Ghost that this is the one true Church. Yeah, I know, you hear it from every Latter-day Saint. There's a reason we say it. I used to have a lot of questions, most of them have been satisfactorily answered through the truth's that I've been taught from the Gospel. It's nice to not have any confusion and to have the full and complete truth that we need on this Earth.
How I live my faith
When it comes down to e'rrythang, I stand as a witness of Jesus Christ. (Moroni 6:3, Mosiah 18:8-9) When I'm at Church? I'm a Mormon. When I'm at School? Still a Mormon. When I'm chillaxin' with muh broskies? Still a Mormon. I maintain the standards that I know to be true. (James 1:22) Awesome thing is, I'm still a homie. ;] hahaha. Jesus Christ taught us to actually be more than just a one-day a week Christian. (Matthew 10:22) Every day I do what I can to build my testimony and serve and love those around me. I practice what I preach, I ain't a hypocrite. I take what I have and I apply it. I have the scriptures, my family, my friends, the words of modern-day prophets and a testimony of Jesus Christ. I participate in community service. I go to church and worship my Heavenly Father and Lord and Savior every Sunday. I go to church activities. I build up others confidence. And, basically, I do whatever I can to be a good person.