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Hi I'm K.C. Jones

I am a retired school teacher/coach. My wife, Christine, and I are serving a senior mission in the Quezon City North Mission.

About Me

I am a retired high school science teacher and taught in Idaho for 32 years and in Arizona for 5 years. I enjoyed teaching all science subjects, but most enjoyed teaching courses using the outdoors as my classroom. I have taught teacher training courses on how to use the outdoors as a classroom and have lead summer camps for youth. I also love to hunt and fish and hike. My wife, Christine, and I live in a log cabin in Island Park, Idaho just 22 miles from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Here we enjoy walking, fishing, 4-wheeling, hunting and floating the beautiful Henry's Fork of the Snake River. I have been married for over 40 years and my wife and I raised 4 boys who were Eagle Scouts, missionaries, and were sealed to their families in the temple. We have 13 grandchildren including 8 grandsons and 5 granddaughters. We love to travel and have visited most states in the USA as well as the Baltic States, the Philippines, and Peru. These are the locations where our sons served missions, so we traveled to pick them up from their missions. They became our guides and translators and we were able to see foreign countries while meeting real people in real communities. We also traveled in England, Wales, Belgium and Germany. My wife and I have been called to serve a mission in the Philippines-Quezon City North mission. We will begin serving in January of 2015 for eighteen months. We are excited about this new phase of our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon but my father was not a member and my mother, though she was a great den mother in Cub Scouts, was never an active member of the church. None of my 5 brothers and sisters are active in the church. My wife's youth was similar although her parents were active in the church. We met while attending a ward in Salt Lake City and became good friends, became engaged and married. We only dated a couple of times as our socializing was usually done as part of a Mormon youth group. We had been married for 4 years and had two children when we decided to start going to church on a regular basis. We were assigned a great home teacher who taught us about the blessings of the temple and invited us into their homes nearly every Monday night for family home evening. Leaders in the church invited us to dinners on a regular basis and our Sunday School teacher was a master teacher and motivator. On the 5th anniversary of our wedding we were sealed to our 2 young sons in the Idaho Falls temple. Since then, our testimony has grown with our experience and activity in the church. I have learned one concept at a time and have been blessed with great examples and great friends who are also members. The Mormon lifestyle fits me well, but the one thing that keeps me active in the church is my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I believe that I have a loving Father in Heaven who knows me personally. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and is there to buoy me up when times are tough and lets me go when things are easy. He has created a great plan of happiness that will enable me to return to His presence. At the center of this great plan of happiness is the Atonement of His son Jesus Christ. Through the Atonement, I can be forgiven of my transgressions. I know that Joseph Smith restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days. I am happy to be part of that church.

How I live my faith

Activity in the church has been one opportunity for growth after another. I have been fortunate enough to work many years with young men in scouting. I have also had the challenge of teaching the adult Sunday School classes for about 13 years. I have enjoyed the time spent serving our young men and experienced significant spiritual growth as I prepared lessons for the adults in the church. I have also been challenged in several leadership positions. I look forward to the time when I can serve with my wife on a mission for the church. Among my favorite experiences in the church are the times when I have gathered around campfires with scouting-aged young men to talk about nature, our experiences of the day, and our love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even the toughest of teenagers can be influenced to discuss important things in the woods, around a campfire, beneath the stars. I have also been blessed to experience some very special and spiritual times while preparing and delivering Sunday School lessons. It never ceases to amaze me how the Spirit of the Lord has prompted me to deliver lessons in ways that are best heard and understood by the members of the Sunday School classes I taught. Though I have taught many years in the public school system, nothing compares with preparing a lesson, delivering a lesson, and having a lesson received with the aide of the Holy Spirit. I have also been blessed with many opportunities to participate in service projects. On the surface, it appears that the great benefactor of church service is the widow or the ill or the downhearted. That is not at all true. I always gain more by participating in service projects than I give. There is great wisdom in encouraging members of the church to do service.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

K.C. Jones
It is important when seeking the truth that you find times to be alone. You need to study the gospel and seek with real intent to know the truth. After studying a scriptural passage or message from a church magazine, ask prayerfully if what you read is true. When seeking spiritual guidance, I try to isolate myself in nature. I place myself in a comfortable setting and just think. I ponder the scripture or principle. I offer a simple prayer that I might understand truth. Then I sit, and while sitting in quiet and in isolation, I am prepared to reveive the promptings of the Holy Spirit who testifies of all truth. I am seldom disappointed. Show more Show less