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Hi I'm Ken

I'm a grandfather, a fly-fisherman, a recent college graduate, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After starting out to be an court reporter, life intervened and I worked in customer service and sales. I never gave up, and after 40 years and 4 schools in three states, I graduated from college and began a new career in information technology. I retired in 2012 as a webmaster and communications specialist with county government. I am a 20-year scout veteran, former private pilot, and was looking forward to some major fly-fishing time next year, but I'll be out of the country. I love to garden, but hate to weed, so my specialty is a one-time prep and let it grow, controlling the weeds with mulch and drip irrigation. During the canning season, I'm the backup help to the world's greatest wife (mine!) in preserving another year's worth of food storage. My specialty is applesauce. We were sealed together for eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple over 46 years ago--that's a pretty good start on forever. We have five children and 17 grandchildren, of which we have one set of twins and one set of triplets in the same family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of my ancestors left Denmark, crossed the ocean and walked across the plains to Utah. I am grateful for the example of my forebears. However, I knew that I needed to gain my own personal witness that this is the Lord's living church, restored in our day, with all of the authority, organization, and ordinances which existed when Christ organized the church during his personal ministry. I appealed to the Lord for that witness, and in a way that is almost too personal to explain, I received a conviction that this is true. I attribute the strength of my marriage to receiving the ordinances, and then living the covenants I have made. It brings peace of mind, absolute trust, and singleness of purpose to our relationship. Living the commandments may sound like hard choices, but the reality is that not living them leads to a hard life. The positive results of the former far outweigh the inevitable consequences of the latter.

How I live my faith

Along with my wife we recently completed six years of service working in the Seattle Temple , devoting every Saturday afternoon to assisting the patrons who come there to complete the work for their ancestors. The temple is the most peaceful place I know. I always feel the spirit of the Lord when I am there. I love to talk about the gospel, and share my love for my Saviour. That love, along with the love of my family, has sustained me through all of life's challenges, and sharing that joy is what I do. My Heavenly Father knows my name, and in and through His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, I may gain eternal life. I'm grateful for my Saviour's love, His perfect life, and His sacrifice for me. This year we were called to serve for 23 months in the Zimbabwe Harare Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a life-long dream. However, because of visa problems, we have served in Zimbabwe for only 30 days. We then served in the Johannesburg, South Africa temple for 4 weeks before being reassigned to the Zambia Lusaka Mission. We are now serving in Blantyre, Malawi, which is part of the Zambia mission. We support 10 Elders and 6 Sister Missionaries, the contingent teaching in the southern third of this nation. The Malawi people are warm, friendly, and eager to seek the Lord, although they are very poor. We love the work here.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I have been taught to revere the Holy BIble all my life. Even though the King James Version is 400 years old, it still speaks to me, and I regard it as the word of God. The teachings of the prophets, and the record of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are precious to me, and the guidelines by which I try to live. Although we have other scripture within the church which substantiate the teachings and mission of the Saviour, they all have one purpose, and that is to invite all to come unto Christ. The Book of Mormon, Another Witness for Christ, stands as a second testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ. It substantiates and clarifies the doctrines of the kingdom of God. I add my personal witness that I know it is the word of God, a witness that has come to me in ways I cannot deny. God lives, Jesus is the Christ, and these two books are the basis of my life. Show more Show less