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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a biologist who loves reptiles, an entrepreneur interested in sustainability, a teacher, a family man, and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up catching critters of all sorts (lizards, snakes, and frogs were among my favorites). I was raised in the city but spent as much time as possible wandering through mountains and deserts. I love new lands and was an exchange student to Australia in high school. After that, I was asked out on a date by a special girl who also had an interest in animals. We had many adventures hiking, fishing, and exploring natural wonders. After serving as a missionary in France we got married and both studied zoology. We are concerned for the environment and want to be good stewards of this earth. I'm fortunate to teach various biology and pre-health classes while studying lizards and pursuing business interests in alternative transportation. We have four wonderful children who are not afraid of catching snakes, holding scorpions, or getting muddy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a pretty typical "Utah Mormon" family, so it is definitely part of my background. However, as with anyone I questioned the beliefs of my parents, and my own beliefs. Although I had received several powerful answers to prayers in my youth, I went on to question the very existence of God. As a scientist I am also a skeptic so when I hear claims I say, "show me the data!" Yet with matters of faith it's hard to go by the data. So, my commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ is based on faith, on answers to prayers, on feelings of peace, reassurance, and truth, on past experience, but also on reasoning and logic (data I have collected for myself). Here is my logic: either 1) there is a God, and 2) Jesus Christ is His Son and our Savior, or it is all contrived by men. We have no instrument to measure this, but the scriptures say we can know by the Spirit (a heavenly measuring tool!). Through sincere prayer the Spirit says to me, "true," so I move on to 3) either Jesus Christ established one church with His authority or He did not. From the Biblical account, He did appoint apostles and give them authority. So, 4) either that church still exists, or there was an apostasy, which leads to the claims of the LDS Church of 5) a restoration of that authority. A simple look at history says there is no church that is a continuation from the original. So, for me it came down to a logical question of whether Joseph Smith did, as he claimed, see God and Jesus Christ, and was instructed over time to reestablish the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. If that is true, then I can know for myself through personal revelation. For me the revelation came (and continues to come) through reading the Book of Mormon (along with the Bible) and praying sincerely, with a desire to know God's will for me. That is why I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

How I live my faith

As a member of the LDS Church, I have a framework for knowing what God wants me to do in my life. There are the private things, like personal prayer and scripture study. There are the practical things, like avoiding debt, living within my means, storing food and preparing for emergencies. There are the meetings I attend--plenty of them! There are calls to service, such as helping young men in the Boy Scouts, teaching lessons, counseling with people in their struggles, providing meals to the sick, etc. There are frequent reminders that my responsibilities as a husband and father are extremely important, and I strive to be a blessing to my family. My faith carries over into my work--when I teach a class, I pray for guidance in covering the material. I pray for a heart filled with love for my students and insight into how I can help them overcome the challenges of a difficult biology class. In all my dealings I strive to be completely honest. I also live my faith by what I choose not to do--I choose not to view pornography, not to let hobbies detract from family life, not to argue, not to drink alcohol or even tea or coffee. With so many commitments and so many restrictions, it may seem like my life activities are dictated to me--not at all! I am taking these things upon myself as I continue in my personal journey back to Heavenly Father, and I find great happiness as I live according to the light and knowledge I have received.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Kevin
The Law of Chastity relates to the proper expression of our sexuality. Simply put, sexual relations are to be kept strictly between husband and wife. Period. This extends to not seeking sexual gratification through self-stimulation or pornography. Living the Law of Chastity is a covenant I have made, and being faithful to this promise increases my sensitivity to the promptings of the Spirit. Sexual relations are meant to be a source of joy between husband and wife, binding them together emotionally and spiritually, but this is based on a foundation of complete trust and fidelity. Living the Law of Chastity is part of being totally devoted to my wife and expressing my deepest love and commitment to her; keeping my heart, eyes, mind, and body pure. Show more Show less