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Hi I'm Kent

I grew up in Seattle, Washington, and now work for the Seattle Police Department supporting their computers. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married, middle-aged man with three children. I presently work for the Seattle Police Department supporting their computers. My wife supplements our income by running a day care out of our home. My oldest son has graduated from high school and is contemplating his next steps. My daughter just started high school this year, and my youngest son is in the last year of elementary school. I enjoy a wide range of reading, although my various commitments do not permit me to indulge in as much reading as I would prefer. In addition to reading, I like to study geography and history. I am fascinated by many of the History Channel's documentaries that, to name a few, range from the intrigues of ancient civilizations and empires to the global implications of world wars. In fact, I often enjoy watching these shows with my oldest son where we share a common interest. Although I was born in Denver, Colorado; served a mission for my church in northern Arizona among the Navajos; and attended college at Brigham Young University where I earned a bachelor's; I grew up and still live in the Seattle area. While growing up, I was actively involved in Scouts and enjoyed a number of campouts and hikes in the green forests of the Pacific Northwest amid snow-capped jagged peaks and glacier-fed, crystal-clear lakes. My older brother and I were fortunate to earn our Eagle rank due in large part to an outstanding Scoutmaster. The many skills I learned in Scouts remain with me today.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. My parents have also been members of the Church their entire lives. In my earlier years I did what my parents asked of me because that was what was expected of me. As a young child, I was like most children in that I was probably bored during many of the meetings. However, I have fond memories of Primary where I would gather with other children on an afternoon during the week and hear stories of Jesus Christ. I loved hearing those stories then and still enjoy hearing them today. As I continued to grow up in the Church, I learned more about what it meant to really be a Mormon. I attended early-morning seminary for four years with other young teenagers to solidify my understanding and knowledge of the teachings of Jesus Christ. My testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ grew through faith and obedience. When I was nineteen and old enough to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I formally submitted my papers. I was called to preach the gospel to the Navajos in northern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. I served for two years and learned to love the devotion and uniqueness of the Navajos. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I wasn't familiar with the arid vastness of Arizona and New Mexico but grew to love this beautiful, striking landscape. After my mission, I returned home and married a wonderful woman in the Seattle Temple where husbands and wives can be married for not only this time but also for eternity. I have served in many Church capacities and have had many wonderful experiences because of this. Through these and other experiences I have gained an unshakeable testimony and know beyond doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church on earth containing the fully restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because my life has been shaped to so testify of Mormonism's truthfulness.

How I live my faith

My faith is a very personal matter to me. I try to live all the commandments of Jesus Christ as well as those sacred covenants I have made with Him within the holy walls of the temple. Like any other man, woman, or child, I am not perfect and have made my share of mistakes. That is why I am so grateful for the ordinance of baptism and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I have learned and have full faith that if I am truly sorry for a sin I have committed, I will be forgiven and Heavenly Father will help me not make the same mistake again. Because I know I am not perfect, I also know that others are not perfect. This helps me forgive others more easily and truly see them as sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father who knows each one of us intimately and is anxious for us to return to His presence. Although I know that I am not perfect, I still try to set a good example of a Mormon who believes in the faith and tries to live it privately, publicly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. I know that others are not always so forgiving and that many often judge an organization (be it a church or business) through the actions of a few or through the actions of those whom they see regularly saying one thing but doing something foreign to what they profess. In trying to set a good example, I endeavor to speak kindly to others and to treat them in a manner in which I would prefer to be treated. I also seek to help members of the Church as well as those who are not members of the Church through acts of kindness such as helping neighbors move furniture or helping friends with yard projects. It is not always easy or convenient to be neighborly, especially when other matters are pressing upon you or the people you strive to assist show little gratitude for your efforts. This is when I feel I need to try to reach out even more. In summary, I live my faith through word, action, and example. It requires sacrifice and a conscious effort to live it well.