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Hi I'm Kevin

I work for a dental research journal. I have a wonderful wife and an energetic son. I've traveled to 29 countries; & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father is a retired officer from the US Air Force Dental Corp, so I lived the life of a transient growing up. One of my friends went to 7 different High Schools - I only had to suffer through 2, finally graduating from a Department of Defense High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. Being able to live in Europe during my teen-age years really helped to open my eyes to the different cultures, thought patterns and mores of people in and from different lands. The experience that travel provided, and continues to provide, has left me with an interest in adult education; how do you get adults, with widely varying backgrounds,to learn new things - beyond reading, writing and arithmatics. It facinates me, enough that I eventually married a teacher. My wife has provided me with a wonderful son whose interest in the world around him excites the teacher in me. My wife and I love to travel, and have been around the world. We've had Korean Barbeque in Seoul. We've sipped Pina Coladas (virgin, of course) on various beaches in Mexico. We have dined on fresh Salmon and new red potatoes on the shore of a beautiful Swedish lake (our son was with us for that, he was 6 months old and didn't like the salmon so much.) Did I mention that I am a food enthusiast as well? I currently am the Director of Continuing Education and the Editorial Assistant for an international dental research journal. This earth God has given us is a glorious place. I'm glad to be here!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm about to smack into middle age and it makes me reflect on where I have been and where I am going. My heavenly Father has blessed me with a wonderful mother and father, 4 great, and sometimes exasperating, siblings (and their families), and with a loving wife and son who make every day interesting. I was raised in the LDS Church, but have had my own testimony of its truthfulness since I was eight. The Lord blessed me with an opportunity to feel the presence of angels who witnessed to me the eternal nature of God and my place in His Kingdom. It was heady stuff for a 3rd grader. It made me feel a deep and abiding love for all of gods creatures, it even extended to my older sisters. It made me feel that my only option in life was to be kind to others, obedient to my parents and to be an example to others of a disciple of Christ. It was great, a feeling that I have always been able to recall, although, being 8, i'm afraid that the actions didn't last as long as they should have. I'm a mormon because I know that God loves me, and that He wants me to be with Him always, and that to do that will require me to work hard for my own salvation, trusting in the Grace of God to make up for that which I am unable to accomplish in this life. I don't see those things in other churches - either God is unreachable, or so giving that no matter our actions, a deathbed apology will open the gates of Heaven to us - neither of those things strike me as something a loving Father would do. I have a deep and abiding faith in the words of the Book of Mormon, it speaks to me about the loving care our God has for each of His children. Another testament of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon cements the doctrines of the gosple of Jesus, and makes them available to man. Joseph Smith, I know, is God's prophet. A man sent to restore truths of the Gospel, to prove to Man that God was still there, and that He still cared. I love the Church of Jesus Christ. Come and see for yourself.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying every day to follow the 13th article of our faith, "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. Indeed we may say we follow the admonition of Paul, we believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praisworthy we seek after these things." I currently serve in the church as a counselor to our Bishop. As part of that job I: oversee the religious instruction of our 2-11 year olds, I liaise with our Quorum of Elders, I oversee the music in all our meetings, and I have a special responsibility to train, council with and bear-up our 14-16 year old youth. When the Bishop is unavailable, I also become his stand-in, presiding in all things in the congregation under his authority. I am also the Chartered Organization Representative for the Boy Scouts of America for our congregations scouting efforts. Every Tuesday I participate in our Employment and Education evening where we open our doors to those looking for new or better employment, and tutoring those who need assistance in gaining their GED, or improving their standing in their existing classes.