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Hi I'm Ken

I am a doctor with a firm belief in God and Jesus Christ. I was born and raised in Arizona and love the heat. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I think of my self as just a regular guy. I'm married with three boys (ages 2, 4, and 6), I work as an Anesthesiologist but when I come home I'm a full time father. I love taking my boys out to do all the fun stuff that little boys get excited for. We go camping and fishing, t-ball games, and just rough housing at the end of the day. I did my undergraduate work in Arizona, medical school and internship in Wisconsin, and then anesthesia residency in Missouri. It was a very challenging road, but an enjoyable one at the same time. I love learning, and this made the late evenings and Saturdays at the library doable. My wife was an incredible help and support during those years. Having children during medical school and residency was challenging as well, but with the Lord's help we seemed to make it through, and it is easy now to see his hand guiding us.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All that he taught us, and his perfect example help me to be a better person and find the most happiness in this life (and the next) if I can but follow his example. I believe that the Mormon church is God's church and that he still leads and guides His church today by the prophet and other church leaders, and that He can guide me as well. He also guided prophets of old and they wrote down their words which in turn became our scriptures today. There were prophets in Jerusalem and there were prophets in the Americas as well. The writings of the prophets of Israel are found in the Bible and the writings of the ancient American prophets are found in the Book of Mormon (named after one of these American prophets). As I read the teachings of Jesus found in the New Testament and in the Book of Mormon, I feel a peace in my heart and I know that they are true. These teachings are continued today through our modern day prophet. God can and does guide us through present day issues such as illicit drugs, pornography, abortion and the media. He also helps us to understand how he expects us to keep ancient, but still in force commandments such as chastity, keeping the Sabbath day holy, abstaining from idolatry, and loving our neighbor. Satan is a crafty devil and tries to lure us into sin, and in modern days the prophet helps us to better see sin for what it is and helps us to stay on that straight and narrow path that leads back to our Father in heaven. By living the gospel and doing my best to follow God's prophet I have come to know through the Holy Ghost that this is God's church here on earth.

How I live my faith

When I lived in Missouri, I was one of the leaders of the boys youth groups. I taught lessons on Sundays and then we met together on Thursday evenings for weekly activities. These activities were planned to help the youth withstand all of the pitfalls so common to our youth today and to grow in moral character. Our congregation sponsored a Boy Scout troop and I would take the boys on backpacking or other outings about once a month. This time commitment on my part was sometimes a little much, but seeing the boys grow and mature really made the time spent worthwhile. Since the church has no paid clergy every member volunteers in some capacity (small or great) such as teaching Sunday school, preparing and giving a talk to the congregation, making and bringing meals to those who are sick or in need, etc. The church is widely known for our missionary efforts. Each young man is encouraged to serve a full time mission for the church for two years. I served a mission to Guatemala from 1997 - 1999. Young women can also serve missions if they want. Each missionary is responsible for paying for all of his/her expenses. I was able to work through high school and save enough (about $10,000) to leave and serve a mission three months after high school graduation. I really enjoyed my mission. We spent a lot of time teaching people about Jesus Christ and his gospel. We also spent time every week in community service. My mission was truly a life-changing experience. It is interesting to see that to the degree that we dedicate ourselves to serving and following Jesus, he is able to change our lives to that same degree.