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Hi I'm Ken

I am a native Arizonan. I am an educator, a husband, a father, and a grandfather...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a very happy and blessed person. I have a fantastic wife, wonderful children, and beautiful grandchildren. I am a school superintendent and enjoy working with young people. I have coached high school volleyball and was blessed to coach many terrific young women and have much success with our teams. I started my career in education as a sixth grade teacher, and I consider teaching to be one of the most noble professions. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Rome, Italy. I love to travel with family and could really enjoy living in Hawaii! We enjoy spending time together, watching movies on the side of the house, eating chocolate cake with chocolate frosting in a bowl of milk for birthday breakfasts, playing bocce ball in the front yard, and just being together. I work out to P90X, enjoy mowing our lawn, love to try different foods, drive a '93 BMW 325i, enjoy playing sports - I'm not good at golf but like to play. I like watching football, basketball, and baseball. Life is great and I am so thankful for my blessings!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon (member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and have been since I was baptized at 8 years old. My mother was a great example when I was young - my dad joined the Church when I was almost 11 years old. Growing up it always felt good and right to attend church. I enjoyed Sunday meetings and weekday youth activities. Although I have been a Mormon my entire life, the time came when I needed to know for myself what I truly believed and knew. As I was preparing to go to Italy to serve a two year mission for the Church, I came to the realization that I had to have a personal testimony of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I could not and would not be a hypocrite and try to "convert" people to the Church if I did not have that testimony. I decided that one of the first steps was to read the Book of Mormon. I took the challenge found in Moroni chapter 10 verses 3 through 5; I read the Book of Mormon with a sincere desire to know if it was true. I prayed more sincerely than ever before and asked Heavenly Father if it was true, and if the Gospel really had been restored to the earth, and especially if Jesus truly is my Redeemer and Savior. The answer to my prayers came as a peaceful, reassuring feeling in my heart and mind. I realized that I was extremely blessed to have the Church and Gospel in my life and had a desire to go and serve the Lord by serving His people in Italy. I am so grateful for that privilege and opportunity, for it is during those two years that I learned so much about others and about myself. Since that time, I have had many blessings and experiences that confirm to me the truthfulness of the restored Gospel and His Church. I know that our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ love us and want to bless us as we serve them. I hope and pray to always be found involved in doing good to and for others and striving to live as Jesus lived.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in all I do. I have found that being a Mormon is not simply a Sunday thing - it is a way of life and I am so grateful for that. I try to treat others with respect and kindness. I strive to obey God's commandments and do what He would like me to do. As members of the Church we all have the opportunity to serve in the Church. We refer to these opportunities to serve in the Church as a "calling." People serve in the Church without being paid to do so. During my lifetime I have had the opportunity to serve in some of the following callings: Teach the young men on Sundays as well as weekday scouting activities; teach the adults in Sunday School; Serve as a Bishop (twice) of a "Ward" (a congregation of members); and serve as a "home teacher" - this is where we are asked to watch over a few families/individuals in the "Ward" and visit them at least once a month to check on their welfare, share a spiritual message with them, and assist them as we can. I hope to be able to let people know I care for and about them. I want to be the kind of person that will speak through my actions and example and have people want to know what makes me so happy. I try to be genuine, sincere. helpful, and kind. Life really is a great blessing given to us from our Father in Heaven.