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Hi I'm Kevin

I was born and raised in S. E. Idaho, and have lived most of my adult life in Washington State. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First I am a Father of 3 boys & 5 girls, ranging in age from 25 to 5 years old. Second, a Husband to 2 good women. The first marriage lasted 13 years, and ultimately ended due to problems from having a stillborn child. The second marriage is into its 12th year and going strong. I am a healthcare professional, with over 25 years in the field. I chose healthcare because I wanted a job where I could help people, and make a difference in their lives. My interests include ballroom dancing, any sport with a ball, and reading science fiction and scripture. I also enjoy pitching horseshoes, and still have the set my great-grandfather used back in SE Idaho. As a young man I learned to cook the basics, and am now the breakfast chef in our home, and master of the backyard BBQ grill. When there are no pressing "Honey-dos" and I get an afternoon off, you will most likely find me on the golf course chasing a little white ball back and forth accross the fairway. While I do not play enough to get good, I find I really enjoy the out-of-doors, and the peace and quiet (I turn my cell phone off and do not wear a watch, thus no distractions or interruptions. I also try to go with friends, so I can get to know them better, and enjoy their companionship.

Why I am a Mormon

The first reason I am a Mormon, or Latter Day Saint as we like to be called, is that it is the Faith that my mother embraced in her youth. When my brother and I were small, we attended church as a family with my step-father, mother was inactive at that time, and so we attended his church. There wasn't much of a program for the younger children - basically we could color, or play with some toys down in the basement. My mother remembered how much she learned as a child attending Primary, and wanted that same positive experience for her sons. It took a lot of courage for her to take a different path from the one we were on, but she never wavered from her faith again. Later, as I attended Sunday School and Seminary, I gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for the gospel. My testimony came "Line upon line, precept on precept - here a little, and there a little" as I put in the effort to study, ponder, and pray about the various doctrines taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Every time I heard truth taught in a sermon, or sang a hymn, or participated in a class, the Spirit of God would wisper to my heart "it is true." It was never big, like a vision or revelation such as the Prophets have, rather it was just a still small voice, a feeling of peace that brought understanding to my mind, and conviction to my heart. I have been an active member of this church for many years, and have studied its doctrines, policies and procedures, and compared them to what Jesus taught in Ancient times. In every way they are consistent with what He taught, and help me to be a more Christ-like person. Because of the blessings the gospel brings, I am a more loving and forgiving Husband, a more helpful and patient Father, and a better more hardworking Employee. I feel I am very lucky and blessed to have the gospel in my life, and know I am a better person because the direction and focus it gives my life.

How I live my faith

One of the things I really enjoy about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is that we have a lay ministry - no one gets paid for doing work in the church. Jesus taught, freely ye have received, freely shall ye give. Elsewhere he taught, that "whomsoever among you desires to be greatest, let him be the servant of all." Just as Jesus served his disciples, and washed their feet, he asks us to love and serve one another. Essentially we all chip in and do what we can to make things work in the local congregation. The Bishop calls us to various positions of responsibility, and assigns certain tasks, according to our abilities, and the need to grow and learn to do new things. It takes a lot of faith to accept a calling, but we believe that the Bishop is an inspired Servant of the Lord, and that the Spirit of God is guiding him as he makes these decisions. Over the years I have taught many classes, including the younger Primary children, to teen-agers, to Gospel Doctrine for the Adults. I have helped young adults prepare to serve Missions, and adults of all ages prepare to attend the Temple. I have visited the homes of several assigned families every month, to check on them and ensure their needs are met. I have sang in and directed choirs, and am currently the Ward Music Chairman. It is one of my favorite callings, as I get to help choose which hymns and special musical numbers are performed for our Sacrament meetings. It is through sacred music that I feel the Spirit of God most easily, as it softens my heart and brings me closer to Him. I love the harmonies of choir music, and have participated in small groups, quartets, and large choirs. One fun thing the many local congregations in my area do, is have a "Handel's Mesiah" night sometime during the Christmas season. It is an opportunity where those interested and able to sing a part, can come and sing along with the core choir and orchestra. What a great musical testimony of the Savior!