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Hi I'm Kenneth

Former professional ballroom dancer, drywall contractor and now a computer 'jerk' working for IBM. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up without any religion, meaning that I did not attend any church. I met my soon-to-be wife, she being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a huge impression on me, not only because she was beautiful but because she had something special. I didn't know what it was then but I knew I wanted to know. I was a professional ballroom dancer when we met. We married and I then made a couple of job changes and started my own drywall company. I left there after injuring my back and was laid-up for two years. I was retrained and got into computers. Now I work for IBM. I spent 10 years with AT&T prior to that. I joined the Church after we married and had our second son. We have been married for 41 years now and all four of our children are grown, married and on their own. We have 10 Grandchildren. Most of them are in Utah and Arizona so We don't get to see them as often as we would like but thoroughly enjoy them at least once a year. I enjoy flying kites. My favorite is the quad line. I have three of them. I also enjoy going to Mt. Rainier and hike around the different trails looking at Gods' creations in a peaceful environment. No freeway traffic, no cell phones, just nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley and was the only non-member in our neighborhood. I went to primary (which was next to Whittier Elementary School because I wanted to be with all my school friends. As I went to jr. high and high school, I observed the actions of my 'buddies' in school and their actions did nothing to cause me to want to know more about their church. I grew up and moved to Seattle, WA where I married a beautiful young women who was a good example of what members of the church should be. She was a Latter-day Saint. She went to church without attempting to force me to go with. After awhile I thought that perhaps if her religion was so important to her that she would follow it with or without me, perhaps there might be something of value to it. I started to attend church with her on the 'big' days, Christmas, Mothers' Day, Easter and such. I soon learned that the people in the church were very friendly and actually liked me for whom I was and not just another opportunity to add to the membership. I started to attend regularly and that is when I listened to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost confirmed to me that what I was listening to was true. Before that time, I was looking for happiness. Fast forward....... I joined the church and found JOY.My wife and I will have been married for 41 years in December 2011 and I seriously doubt that we would have been together any more than a few years if it had not been for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the comfort it brings to us a a family.

How I live my faith

I just try my best each day. Some days are better than others but what I have is the principle of repentance. When I make errors, I know I can do better. I tell my Father in Heaven. He and the guidance of the Holy Ghost assist me each day. By being a good example and living a Christ-like life I try to show those around me that being a "Mormon" is a pretty good thing. I have been a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Sunday School Presidency, an Elders Quorum President, a High Priest Group Leader, a member of the bishopric, a member of the High Council and currently I'm the ward physical facilities rep, meaning I get to be a part of keeping the Lords building in good repair. I have been serving in the Seattle temple as an ordinance worker for the past 6 years and I love every minute of it. I have served under three different presidencies and learned many things from each of them. I look forward to the day of the week I serve there as it makes my week.