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Hi I'm Kay

The farm family of my youth included 9 children. Today, I'm happy as the husband of 1, father of 2, and grandpa (PapaK) to 6.

About Me

As a librarian, lawyer and professor I have enjoyed planning and walking a challenging career path for over 37 years. My various positions allowed me to affiliate with five universities located in four different states. Fortunately, our family flourished each time we relocated. Teaching and learning are important activities in my life. Very few subjects bore me; I strive to be a lifelong learner and to casually share, discuss and explore any insights I glean along the way with others. Great literature, and other thoughtful writings, are pleasant to discover and to re-read. Some of my best friends are books (and many characters described therein). My hobbies include, reading (including listening to audiobooks), gardening, quotation collecting (I've compiled over 7000 searchable quotes on my smartphone), walking my grand-pug, shopping in thrift stores, collecting and solving iron tavern puzzles, domestic and foreign travel, people-watching, hiking, visiting the great apes section of any zoo, and flying kites. Although unusual, a cold glass of buttermilk (seasoned with salt and pepper) is my favorite drink. I have been blessed with a bright, good and understanding wife, two fine and talented daughters (both of whom are now happily married to equally fine and talented men), and six wonderful grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a family whose roots run deep in this church, I remain a devout member today by choice. A refreshing tenet of our faith is that it commits members only to genuine truth--regardless of how any truth is discovered or revealed. "And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come." (Doctrine & Covenants 93:24). I have faith that a good deal more truth will be discovered by, and revealed to, mankind in the future. I believe our Savior, Jesus Christ, aligned his mortal ministry with enduring principles of goodness and truth. He is our perfect example. He lived a life of selfless service, obedience, and sacrifice, culminating in his own death on the cross and glorious resurrection three days later. Christ conquered physical death and secured for every person who has ever lived, or who will yet live, on this earth, a meaningful life after death. Every person who dies will be resurrected and live again. There are no exceptions; this assurance of a universal resurrection is a most comforting truth to me. It is wholly consistent with the words of the Apostle Paul, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:22). I like this inclusive doctrine; it applies to the entire human family -- Mormon and Non-Mormon alike. Although our resurrection (or salvation) is a universal free gift to all, exaltation (or eternal life), the highest of our post-mortal possibilities, is also available to all, but requires effort on our part, and obedience to the principles of truth Christ taught. This is also a fair and empowering doctrine -- it is entirely our choice -- "God will force no man to heaven." Finally, ours is a God of order, not confusion. We have an unpaid clergy, and a uniform (but not lock-step) organization that is guided by inspired, and broadly shared, authority. This helps individuals and families participate and feel at home in any congregation--all over the world.

How I live my faith

I strive to form and maintain good habits and set lofty goals. Although I desire to consistently choose to be kind, diligent, honest, forthright, optimistic, forgiving and charitable, my success rate in achieving these goals varies considerably from week to week; it will be a lifelong quest. However, I realize I'm happier when I really try to live a life that is congruent with these virtues. My goals are consistent with what we Mormons refer to as our 13th Article of Faith (and, there are only 13 -- a lucky number to be sure): 13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. I agree with the following quotation attributed to Roy Zuck, "A person should be like a watch: open-faced, busy hands, well-regulated, and full of good works." Finally, good works stem from my firm belief that all people, regardless of circumstance, heritage, faith tradition, or race are children of God. We are ALL spirit offspring of heavenly parents. This means I am neither superior, nor inferior, to any other person on this planet and I ought to treat all others accordingly. Furthermore, I believe to the core that every person is born with a conscience and has an inherent ability to discern good from evil. If we avoid making poor choices which eventually dull our consciences, we are more likely to make wise and healthy decisions throughout our lives. Fortunately, repentance is always available to us when we slip. Service blesses both the giver and the receiver. Thus, at home, work, or elsewhere I attempt to live a life of service and usefulness. In the main, I love what I do with my time, and feel that it matters -- a happy combination.