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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a musician, I'm a college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I started playing piano 11 years ago, and have since fallen in love with music. I write the music for the rock band I play in, and have recently started writing video game music, which hopefully could lead to a successful career. I regularly attend "Harmony Kings" which is an international barbershop-style singing organization. Aside from singing and playing instruments, I thoroughly enjoy listening to music from all over the world. I also enjoy reading books to learn about things that I can apply to my life, among my favorites is "The Mind of the Market" and "The Language Instinct". I love learning about economics, science, technology, and the way people act. I would like to think of myself as someone who is open-minded, and a listener. I'm a picky eater, I don't like to wear shirts with words, and I never win raffles.

Why I am a Mormon

I decided to join the Church because the messages bring peace to my life. I love to test the principles taught, and have found that if I follow them, they will lead me towards a happier life. I feel at home when I am in Church buildings, and always I feel welcomed and safe. The Church itself is imperfect, because it is made of a bunch of human beings, but because we have a prophet that is directed by God, I know that the standards and doctrine that the Church teaches are absolutely true. I have prayed to God and received answers, which has benefited my personal life more than I can tell you. I love my family, and am comforted to know that I can live with them forever. I look forward to getting married and sealed to the one I love for eternity. I am grateful that I have been directed in knowing how I can take care of my body, and mind. I love the Book of Mormon, I have read it, and prayed to ask God if it is true, and have since received the answer that it is through the Holy Ghost. I have felt the love of God, who is my Father in Heaven. He wants the absolute best for me, and never wants me to do anything that would distance me from Him. Having knowledge of this, and other parts of the Gospel (good news) strengthen my testimony in the Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and the words of the Prophets that live today and guide us.

How I live my faith

I play the Organ every Sunday for Church. Its how I contribute my time and talents to help out. It's honestly so fun to play all the different hymns. The beauty of the music is only accompaniment to the beauty of the message and poetry each song has. I try to take in as much as I can during Church and apply it to my life. I am soon to leave for a Mormon Mission where I will be sent away from my home to teach people about this Church. I am working right now to help sustain my living for two years on my own. I am proud to say that I will not have to rely on any "church money" for this, and have never been paid to play the Organ. I also attend service projects put on by the Church, which I feel is a proper way to exercise my faith in the Christian council to love my fellow man.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Kevin
Just like the Bible, the Book of Mormon was written by prophets who were called of God. Their writings are similar too and support the writings of the prophets in the Bible. Both testify of Jesus Christ and his Gospel. The Book of Mormon starts off as the story of Lehi (a prophet) and his family, who live in Jerusalem and have to leave because of it's prophesied destruction. Eventually they are directed by God to travel to the American continent. Lehi passes away and the rest of the Book of Mormon is written by the prophets who followed him, and who live on the American continent. "Mormon" was a prophet who condensed and combined the assortment of these writings...and that is why it is named "the Book of Mormon". Part of the Book of Mormon is the record of Jesus Christ coming to America. He visits and teaches much like he does in the Bible. The Book of Mormon testifies of the power of His atonement, His love, His Resurrection, and His Gospel (good news). I love the promise in the book of Moroni (the last book in the Book of Mormon) which invites all to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it sincerely, and if they do, that they can know that it is true by receiving and answer from God by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Kevin
Faith is something to act on. Faith is not only proclaiming your belief in something, but acting on that belief as well. We read in the Bible and Book of Mormon, that to have faith is to "hope for things which are not seen, which are true" (found in Hebrews 11:1, and Alma 32:21). God has promised that if we follow his commandments, that we will live happily and will be blessed. When I act in faith, it's not just saying that God will bless us by obeying His word, but to actually do it for myself. When I am rewarded for my faith, not only do I feel the benefits of peace and joy in my life, but I have a greater knowledge and faith in the word of God. Faith is very scientific to me. Science starts with a hypothesis, then tests that hypothesis to see if it will hold true in the experiment. In the Church, the hypothesis can be any number of promises, the most important promise and invitation to us you will find in the last paragraph of my next answer to the question "Who wrote the Book of Mormon?" Faith is an ongoing process. It can start as simple and small as giving someone's opinion a chance, and can be as profound as the Mormon Pioneers leaving their homes to trek to Utah to settle where they would not be attacked for their religious beliefs. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kevin
I love temples. They're all over the world, and all of them are very beautiful to me by their architecture, location, and the peace that is felt inside and out of them. While we welcome everyone to come to Church with us, temples are something only for those who are ready to learn in them. It's much like learning math, if you haven't taken the right classes in preparation for an advanced calculus class, then you wouldn't be able to understand what's going on as much as someone who has, and wouldn't benefit from it as much as you would from a less advanced class. You can expect our temples to be similar to our churches inside. I have been baptized and set apart as an "Elder" in church buildings. Let me tell you about some of the things that happen inside the temple. In the temple, we learn eternal truths. In the temple, we receive sacred ordinances. One example is the marriage sealing. This is where a man and wife are sealed together for eternity, not just for this mortal life. Not only do couples enjoy this bond, but whole families are sealed together for eternity in the temple. Everyone who goes through the temple gets to receive an endowment, which is a personal specific blessing to them. We also provide ordinances for the dead, including baptism. This is symbolic, and we do not actually baptize dead bodies. It is because we believe baptism is essential for salvation and want everyone to have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ's atonement because we love them. Show more Show less