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Hi I'm Kevin

I grew up in the United States and lived in Denmark. I LOVE music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just a standard student trying desperately to find out how to make ends meet, and what career path I'm going to take. In the midst of all that chaos, the two best ways for me to relax are music and the outdoors. I LOVE hiking. Separating myself from all the craziness of the city where I live, it's nice to be able to just go out and hike. It also gives me the chance to have some good bonding time with my dog! When I don't have the time to go hiking, I can always kick back and play some music. I've been playing the piano and writing music since I was 7, and it hasn't gotten any less enjoyable. It gives me the chance to just let go of everything and focus on the emotion of the music.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but that wasn't good enough for me. For a while I went through the motions because it was expected of me. When I was about 14, however, I decided I didn't really believe it. I was pretty logical about it all, even then, and reasoned that I didn't think that God really existed. It just didn't make sense to me! So I stopped believing. I still went to church to please my parents, but I treated everything like a nice story, good morals for living, etc. I couldn't really bring myself to believe that an omnipotent being really was there or cared about me personally. When I turned 18, everyone figured it was only a matter of time before I served a full-time mission for the church, because I still went to church and was going through the motions. While the prospect of a mission was exciting, I didn't have any intention of going. I figured I had my life so perfectly arranged, and almost proven to myself that I didn't need any sort of God in my life. And yet, there was this emptiness. Even in the midst of questioning it all, there were some things I couldn't ignore, like the Book of Mormon. No matter how much I told myself that religion didn't make sense, I couldn't ignore how inspiring and seemingly inspired this book was. I guess that was what kept me searching. Figuring that I had at least one reason to keep seeking for the "truth", I decided to pray to find out if it was true. I can't say I had an earth-shattering moment of faith, but little by little, it dawned on me that I had known all along that God was there, and that He loved me. And while that didn't make complete sense to me then, that if I kept working at it, it would. I may have been born to parents who both were members of this church, but I certainly had my own conversion to go through.

How I live my faith

Well, my love of music is a pretty big keystone in my life, so I'm always trying to find ways to implement that through my faith. I'll often play during meetings, play special musical numbers, I've even organized jam sessions with spiritual themes to revamp classic hymns. To me, it makes sense that if God knows us perfectly then he also knows how we best feel the Spirit and connect with Him. Whether it be through music, or through doing things outdoors with friends and family, I feel that what we DO and who we do it with can be just as great a contributor to the Spirit we feel. I have the opportunity to teach about the basic doctrine of our church every few weeks. I love that class. It's so simple and so inspiring to just hear from other people as I teach and see what sparks them. I think what I love so much about that class, and living my faith in general, is that I never feel alone in what I believe. I always know there are people there to support me.