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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm an accountant and a big sports fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the controller for a construction company. I have 4 kids and a wonderful wife. I grew up in Corvallis, OR and am a Beaver Fan (Sorry, Duck Fan). I grew up playing soccer and continued playing through my first year of college. I still enjoy the game and love going to matches. I only played through my first year of college because I left school after my first year to go serve a mission in the Republic of South Africa. After returning from Africa I had a scholarship offer to return to play at a different school. After much thought and prayer, I felt that I should turn down the offer and stay at OSU, two weeks later I started dating the woman that is now my wife. My family (Mom, Dad, and Brother), do not share my same faith. However, I don't think you are going to find more caring, nicer, or better people anywhere you look. We all love each other very much, and while my faith is sometimes a difficulty for family gatherings, they are very, very respectful of my beliefs and help me in any way they can to keep my standards.

Why I am a Mormon

I had just transferred high schools and only knew a handful of people. After a while I noticed a cheerleader and she seemed to notice me as well. We discovered our mutual attraction and spend the rest of the day together. The next day she showed up to the first break between classes with a pamphlet, it was called "For the Strength of Youth". She handed it to me and told me that if I wanted to date her, that I needed to abide by the standards that were in that pamphlet. She then promptly turned around and walked away. I read through the pamphlet that night, with ever turn of the page there was some fun thing that I/we weren't allowed to do. I believe I cursed every time I flipped a page. When she asked me the next day if I had read it and if I would go by it, I said sure (was I going to say no? She was a cheerleader for goodness sake, I didn't think she meant it). I believe her next words were, "Good, what are you doing on Sunday?". Did she really just ask me out on a date... to church?! She made sure I agreed before telling me she has an over-protective dad who is 6' 4" (at least) and weighed about 260 lbs. By comparison, I was 5'8" and 145 lbs soaking wet, with rocks in my pockets. I later found out that her dad had called anyone and everyone he knew doing research on me. Sunday came and I met her dad, all 6'4" 260 lbs of him, as well as her two brothers (I had already seen/met her little sister). We all went to church together, I think they figured that if I was willing to go to church I wasn't all bad. To make a long story short, I loved every minute of church. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Church is 3 hours long, most people dread the last 30-45+ minutes of it. I wanted more. Her mother was the first person I ran into after the three hours, when I asked her what class we go to next, she said we go home. It took me about a year to convince my parents that I wanted to get baptized for myself and not for the girl.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a little different. I don't drink or smoke, I can't stand the smell of coffee. I don't even consider watching non-wholesome movies, and my internet surfing consists of ESPN and Yahoo Finance. But lately I have been noticing that I am not too different from a lot of the people around me. Other than the coffee, tea, alcohol, movie, etc things, people around me typically have some pretty similar values. They care deeply about their kids, and family. They try to help out when they can. They try to be part of their kid's school's PTA. I think the main difference is mainly the behind closed doors stuff. I spend a lot of my time visiting families in our congregation that are just having a rough time. In doing that I administer to them with blessings and anointings. I also spend a lot more time thinking and pondering the big picture stuff. I think about the Creation, and about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I think about the Final Judgement and how I can help the people around me have that being a marvelous and glorious day. None of that makes me better than anyone, just different. I think one of the biggest ways that I live my faith is my approach to my wife and kids. I know that because of our temple sealing and if we do the things we are supposed to do, my wife and I will be together for all eternity, and that our kids will still be our kids after we have all passed from this life to the life beyond. Having that eternal bond being a foundation for our family helps me to live my life in a unique way. It is hard to put into words on a computer, but knowing that we have the opportunity to be together forever allows me to have hope and faith that, I believe, I wouldn't be able to have if we hadn't been sealed together in a Holy Temple.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Kevin
The biggest difference between the Book of Mormon and the Bible, is perspective. The Book of Mormon was written from the perspective of the people on the American continents. The Bible was written from the perspective of the people in the Middle East. The same way the Books of Jeremiah and Isaiah are different, in terms of perspective, the Book of Mormon is different from the Bible. The biggest advantage the Bible has over the Book of Mormon, in my opinion, is that Jesus walked and talked in the Middle East. The Four Gospels are without compare. They portray Christ in a way that, to me, is unmatched in scripture. The biggest advantage the Book of Mormon has over the Bible, in my opinion, is that it was translated only once, to get it into English. Joseph Smith had the Power of God with him in the translation of the Book of Mormon into English. All other languages that the Book of Mormon has been translated into is translated from English. That makes two translations total, at most. Every time something is translated from one language to another, things change. Try it in Google Translate with a random sentence or paragraph, it is actually quite fun. The reason this is all important, is because we can use the Bible and the Book of Mormon together. Read the Bible, learn of Christ as he walked and talked among those he loved. Also, read the Book of Mormon, allow some of the confusing parts of the Bible be clarified. Using them together, we can learn more clearly Show more Show less