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Hi I'm Keith

I grew up in Arizona and recently retired after more than 30 years in government service in several western states. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the same wonderful woman for 44 years, and we have five children who have blessed our lives with 11 grandchildren. After more than 30 years in government service, working primarily in state court systems, I recently retired to spend more time visiting family members and traveling. Having been trained as a lawyer, I have a great respect for the Constitution of our country and believe it is an inspired document. It is part of what makes America unique, and I believe God will continue to bless us as a nation if we are willing to uphold and support the principles that keep us free.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is founded on the principles of faith, love and hope taught by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I worship Him as the Son of God and the only way by which we may be saved and return to the presence of our Heavenly Father with whom we once lived as His spiritual children. Through the scriptures and living prophets, I have come to understand the great Plan of Salvation (or Plan of Happiness) by which God's children are sent to this earth to gain knowledge about our personal strengths and weaknesses and to be tested to see if we are willing to keep His commandments. Because of this pre-earthly existence, I believe that we are all the children of God and that we share common characteristics that should bind us together rather than tear us apart. I believe that God's purpose is to help us gain eternal life where we can continue to have relationships with the members of our families. The Church is organized to help us achieve that magnificent goal and provides a vehicle for helping and serving our fellow men and women. If we are willing to live by its precepts, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the means whereby we can live in peace and harmony and grow in knowledge and understanding. For me, the gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses all truth and serves as a guide for living a good life.

How I live my faith

As a stake president, I preside over a number of bishops in our local area with responsibilities for more than 2,000 members of the church. I am involved in teaching the gospel to the members of the church and encouraging great activity in the church. I regularly interview members who wish to attend the temple, which is our most sacred church building, and I often meet with members to discuss spiritual problems or concerns. I visit with bishops and other church leaders regularly and meet every Sunday with various congregations. This is not a full-time position and I am not paid for this service. At some point, I will be released from this position, and another member will take over my responsibilities. I will then return to regular church duties which include visiting members in their homes, working on church service projects to take care of the poor and needy, teaching in various organizations, doing research in genealogy and family history, and striving to be an example of a good Christian to my family and friends.