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Hi I'm Ken

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I'm recently retired and enjoy having more time to enjoy life.

About Me

I'm married to a wonderful woman who is not a Mormon. While there are some challenges we have had to deal with, our marriage is strong and we have learned to make adjustments when we need to. We lost a son to a heart defect very suddenly when he was 14 years old. We've recovered from that tragedy (there's never closure) after 15 years. We have 4 other children - all young adults - and 4 grandchildren. I've coached youth sports and was an accomplished athlete in school. It has always been important to me that I be well rounded and knowledgeable about as many things as possible. While I was gifted as an athlete I also became very active in music, serving as the Drum Major in my high school and becoming involved in vocal music as an adult.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was active in the Mormon faith. As a young adult I attended the church sporadically for many years. I spent a lot of time reflecting on my life and where I was spiritually and was not as happy as I wanted to be. I began looking at the Mormon faith again, reading and talking with my friends who were active Mormons and eventually returned to the church. I continued to study and after a short time realized that the Mormon church had the answers to all my questions and that I was very happy with what was taught and the people in the church. I encourage anyone to investigate the church and find the answers to the questions you have. If you have no questions I promise you that you will find things that Jesus Christ taught that will ring true in your heart and provide richness and fulfillment in your life that you never thought possible.

How I live my faith

I have always loved music. I was recently asked to be the choir director in my ward (local congregation). We normally sing in church once a month but it has been a wonderful and fulfilling opportunity for me to use the musically ability I have. I was informed several years ago that I have an aptitude for music and that if I don't use it I will be uneasy and not satisfied with my life. That has proven to be true. I love the fact that I can use this aptitude in a place that I enjoy going, and that I have an opportunity to contribute to the spirit, mood and experience of our worship services. There are many ways to live my faith. The simple act of visiting people who are not feeling well, or expressing concern can be very uplifting to both parties. I've found that these simple small acts of kindness are the best ways for me to live my faith.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ken
No, while young men are encouraged to serve a mission at age 19, it is not a requirement. I chose to serve a mission and to this day count it as the most helpful and rewarding 2 years of my life. I taught people about my religion and also learned more about it myself. I was given leadership opportunities, but most of all I shared in the joy others felt as they accepted the message I carried to them and watched as they grew in their faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less