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Hi I'm Allen Kent Kimball

I am a descendant of Mormon pioneers and I work for a Seafood company in Seattle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on the East Coast and became the spoiled baby out of a family of six children. My father taught me the love of the out of doors and I became an Eagle Scout at age 13. I couldn't get enough of the badges, adventures and friendships that came from the Boy Scouts of America. I could never satisfy my insatiable interest in fishing so when the other boys were playing football I was bushwhacking to some new fishing spot looking for the next world record. I am now a husband, father and grandfather. I am living my dream! I credit much my success to how I was raised and the woman who I have married. The love of my life who I have known since I was a teenager married me during my University days. There has been 5 children added to our home who all currently live close by along with my 3 grand children who are a joy to my life. The ocean has always been special to me and I am passionate about the seafood business that I am part of working in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The outdoors has been an important part of my life and really love camping, fishing, scuba diving, hiking, or just sitting by a campfire with my family. I have recently become a beekeeper and really enjoyed learning about one of the miracles of nature. Growing things has also become important to me so a big garden always is part of my summer efforts and sharing the harvest with friends and neighbors.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was raised in the church but had to find out for my self whether the things I had been taught and had lived are true. I have always known God lived and Jesus Christ died for all of us and atoned for our sins. Real depth was added to my testimony when I made the most important decision of my life. That decision was to serve as a full time missionary for two years of my life. I was called to the Oregon Portland mission and experienced many miracles in being a witness of the change the Lord Jesus Christ brings to those who accept him and come to know his way. I am a sixth generation member and my ancestors joined the Church in the Eastern US and moved west as pioneers. I have walked many of the places where they sacrificed their lives for me to be able to worship and live according to the teachings of Christ. These experiences have been Holy ground to me and had an effect upon me understanding who I am. As I live the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it is liberating to my soul. I have and continue to receive the blessings of the freedoms it brings to my life and the protection it has offered me against the many troubles of the world we live. There is a depth of happiness for me that reaches to my core. There are and have been problems in my life but I have been able to deal with them with my Heavenly Father's help. I know He lives and answers my prayers. I love how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leads me to God and my family both of which are necessary for me to be ultimately happy. I have met many of the living prophets and know them to be men called of God and I have been blessed to be a holder of the Holy priesthood which I strive to be worthy to use in blessing the lives of my fellowmen and family .

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the Bishop of our congregation. This position in the church has helped change me as a person to learn and understand how to minister to those who need help and I have come to know Jesus Christ better. I teach the young men and young women in our congregation who are 16-19 years old and work with them to have activities of service which build and provide faith promoting experiences in our community. We also get to know and help the widows and widowers in our area. I also support and assist other leaders in our congregation who are part of Priesthood quorums and classes who provide instruction to our members. They also seek out those in poor health or who are in trouble so we can respond in a supportive way to love, encourage, and lift those who are weak or in need. I help plan Sunday services. All of us that are asked to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do it as a volunteer and receive no wage. I know I am not perfect at living according to all the teachings of Christ but I want to live my faith and try to do my best. This is not just a Sunday church to attend and then go about my week but it is a way of life and a choice regarding who I choose to be. I believe it, love it, and have come to know that it is true! And maybe most important it provides great joy and happiness in my life.