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Hi I'm Ken

I'm a Mormon and I am Jewish! I was born in Toledo, Ohio and have been in Arizona since 1985. I joined the church 2004.

About Me

I'm a veteran Public Relations professional with more than 23 years in the industry. I used to work for Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, and McFarlane SportsPicks action figures. I started my own sports and entertainment PR business in 2004 and am now also working in healthcare PR. I met my future wife in 1988 while we were both in college. We've been married 20 years and have two children. As a family we love all things Disney, anywhere that has a beach and spending way too much time on the Internet. I love to cook and my wife loves to bake, a dangerous combination. Our kids are both swimmers and we have a crazy Corgi dog. I constantly crave Chinese food and really good BBQ, but love my own home cooking just as much. Two crazy things I want to do someday are: own a family restaurant and be a storm chaser. I love the great monsoon storms that often hit Arizona in the summer. And, as much as I love the AZ heat, I enjoy a really nice cold blustery day!

Why I am a Mormon

When I met my wife, she was not an active Church member. We were married in Utah, but in a civil ceremony. I instantly bonded with her family and they with me, but being Jewish, never envisioned myself a "Mormon." Growing up in Ohio, I'd never even heard of a Mormon. For the first half of our marriage, my wife was not interested in going back to church, and I was what you would call a "social Jew," typically only going to services on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Occasionally, the Mormon Missionaries would visit and offer service to us. One of the funnier moments occurred when the missionaries helped me, the Jewish guy, put up Christmas lights. We moved to Scottsdale in 1999, when our daughter was born. We also had a young son at the time. My wife was encouraged to come back to church soon after, by someone in the Primary (youth program) leadership, and I had my Sundays to myself... for a couple of years, anyway! I would sometimes go to church, which became more frequent, especially after I was asked to be a Cub Scout Leader. My interactions with the church increased steadily, and my heart was softened to the idea of joining the church as I got to know more members, and the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, started to work on me. I was introduced to someone who had recently converted from Judaism in high school, and his story really struck me. I had met with the missionaries a few times, but was never serious until 2004. By then, I was going to church almost every week. I was baptized in December 2004, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was once asked by an investigator, who is now a member, how I felt about the Prophet Joseph Smith. My answer was "Look, I grew up Jewish, once I got over the Jesus Christ thing, nothing else mattered." People often ask me how a Jew could become a Mormon. My answer is that the Book of Mormon story begins with a Jewish Prophet in Jerusalem, so it makes perfect sense!

How I live my faith

Being an "active" Mormon is not just a Sunday thing. The best part about the church is the many opportunities to serve and be served and the way it helps to bring your family together. I currently have a calling that serves our Bishop, or local leader, as his executive secretary, helping to organize his weekly meetings, plus other duties. It's an "all-volunteer army" so everyone you work with is truly dedicated to what they are doing. I also utilize my PR skills in another calling supporting our larger church organization or "Stake." This covers a majority of the NE Valley in Phoenix/Scottsdale/Cave Creek area. If you walked into our home, you'd have no doubt that we are followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We proudly display art featuring our Savior! I personally choose to live my life free of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, as well as make other positive lifestyle choices. Every member of our family has a calling, serving others, which is great. As mentioned earlier, my wife likes to bake, so we often make fresh bread and sometimes chocolate cookies. There's always more than we need. So, our neighbors and friends will frequently end up with a surprise snack on the weekends. Being a Mormon is about being dedicated to your family, as well as a good neighbor and a friend! That's how I live my faith.