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Hi I'm Kenny

I'm from Colorado, a missionary, a musician, I love outdoor activities, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To be honest I have no clue what I want to be when I grow up yet, but I just finished studying music for my first year at BYU-Idaho. There's something fantastic about music that is simple and makes me and others happy. I love outdoor activities ranging from backpacking and fishing to mountain biking; it's fantastic to experience and recognize God's creations, especially when you can share it with someone else. Spending time in the outdoors always reminds me how much God has given me and how much I have to be greatful for. One of the things I am most greatful for is life. When I was 5 years old a series of illnesses caused my body to reject my kidneys. For the next four years I was attached to a machine that essentially did the job my lifeless kidneys would have. I had to be limmited in my activities and from a lot foods which was really hard for a high energy growing boy. When I was 9 I recieved a kidney transplant. I count it as one of the greatest blessings of my life! The girl I recieved the kidney from was 19 years old and died in a car crash. I owe her and her family so much for what her kidney has enabled me to do and become and I thank God every day for the blessing. Immediately following the transplant, the kidney began working and has been functioning at top performance for just under 10 years. Remembering everything I've experienced, I have so much to be greatful for and I intend to take good care of this kidney to show that gratitude to everyone and to God.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I believe that God loves and watches over all of his children. I also believe the Book of Mormon to be another testament of Jesus Christ, the greatest example of God's love for us. My experience with kideny disease in my youth was very difficult but I believe that the Lord strengthens his children and helps them to bear their burdens. He never took my difficulties away entirely but he did make it possible to laugh and smile, even when life was hard. Jesus Christ suffered every pain and struggle so that we don't have to suffer them alone. I have sometimes felt him carry me when I didn't have the strength. I know that God cares for and watches over his children and strengthens them in their times of need. I also know that God didn't make life easy or intended it to be that way; He gives us weaknesses and struggles so that we can learn to rely on Him. My weaknesses and struggles have brought me closer to Him, helping me to rely on God and better understand, feel, and appreciate His love for me and for others. A prophet in the Book of Mormon taught me about weakness and struggles: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I have experienced my weaknesses humbling me and turning me toward God for strength; I know I need his help and I know that he is there to give it. I am a mormon because I believe God loves his children and he has provided a way for us to return to live with him. I also believe the Book of Mormon to be another whitness of Christ; that way which he has provided :)

How I live my faith

I think the biggest way that I live my faith is by striving to keep my promises and help others whenever I find a need. Sometimes it can be difficult and I mess up a lot of times, but I always work hard to get back on my feet and continue striving to achieve my goals. Any man that can consistantly keep his promises (even to himself), and show genuine love and care for someone else has my higest respect. Jesus Christ is a perfect example of those qualities that I value most highly and I guess you could say that's the person I'm trying to be like.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Kenny
The atonement of Jesus Christ was one of the most incredible acts of love to ever be performed. Jesus came to this earth to suffer an die for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins and mistakes and return to live with God. No one is perfect, in fact, "to err is to be human" but through the atonement we can all be made clean again and forgiven. As Isaiah puts it "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though the be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18) I've felt the pain of carrying my sins on my own and the hurt that accompanies it. Even though others had forgiven me I still felt wieghed down and separated from feeling God's love. In it's place, I had a cringing guilt for everything I'd done wrong. I have been taught throughout my life that Christ could take it away, so I decided to try it, figuring that the promise was worth the effort. After repenting and fervantly praying for forgiveness I was filled an indescribable sense of peace and I felt my sorrows, hurt, and pain were taken from me and replaced with a feeling of peace. I wanted to leap and shout for joy and I began to weep because I knew that the greatest man to ever walk the earth gave his life so that I could be clean again. Jesus is the Christ and he suffered for our sins and is able to take away any sorrow or pain. Even if it is cause by others, Jesus can also help us to forgive and to be forgiven. Show more Show less