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Hi I'm Kevin

I am a designer. I am a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from a little town in Eastern Upstate New York, born of humble converts. My family has been on the front lines of many of the economic and social hardships present in the world today, and for many years struggled, individually and as a family, with how to fight that battle. But we are grateful for the influence of the restored Gospel in our lives, and the answers it provides to the great questions of life. This life, with it's pleasures and pains are not intended to be enjoyed alone. That's right, I said enjoyed, for even our pains can be blessings with the help of our loving Heavenly Father, who's work and glory is to help us fulfill our divine destiny. Sharing the experiences of life with others gives them purpose, and helps all to grow. It is all too tempting to bury one's burdens and struggle on alone, raising our shields and a facade of contentment, but by doing so we only make things harder for ourselves and deny others the blessing of helping us. I know, I've tried. It's challenging to let others in, but if it wasn't, it wouldn't be worth the effort. I am grateful to have been able to serve as a representative of Jesus Christ in the great state of Wisconsin. Reflecting on my tenure, my life and testimony has been greatly strengthened by aiding others in seeking our Heavenly Father's guidance in navigating the challenges of this world. I know that the labor to lead others to the personal sustainable peace that the Gospel of Jesus Christ provides will continue.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because it my time of need, when I was humble enough, Heavenly Father lifted my burdens. He didn't eliminate them, but He could and He would help me to overcome them. And He does so on His own time, when I am truly ready, and not when I want to be ready. My families struggles and experiences are probably not terribly unusual in the grand scheme of things, particularly this day in age. It is not easy to scratch out a life for ourselves, much less our families. Scarcity, genuine or perceived, forces us to pick our priorities. We all have the duty and privilege to craft a response, individually and as a family, to the natural and man-made forces that threaten the peace and stability we are all yearning for. There is a temptation to jealously guard that which you have. To hunker down, in hopes that by not exposing yourself and those under your charge to risk, one can protect them from physical or emotional harm. But there is another way. With the Gospel knowledge of our purpose in life we can all overcome our own human frailties, gain the things we need, help others do the same, and fight instead for the things that help us grow, and ultimately, overcoming the world. God has numbered his children, and provided abundantly for all, but some assembly is required. This is my testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

After my tenure in Wisconsin, my new and most challenging calling will be to build an eternal family. As saints, we are commanded to be IN the world, but not OF the world. But what does that mean? It requires us to be an effective stewards in an era where such a course is quite unpopular. Time, talents, space, raw materials, & money are all sacrificed on the worlds altar of planned obsolescence. As a result, the things we do need are under constant threat from the worlds problems. But our wise and loving Heavenly Father does not give us commandment without means of achieving them. One of the major principles of the restored Gospel is self-reliance. This means that we provide the things we and our families need by our own labors, initially via external employment, and ultimately by our own hands. There are a host of methods we can all employ that can bring this goal to pass. Microponic agriculture can provide us with sustainable, year-round sources of food, fiber & fuel. Container architecture makes housing truly durable and affordable. Modern IT systems and micro-industrial equipment allow us to forge or mill any product that can be designed on a computer, anywhere. My goal is to devise & proliferate new and ever better methods and tools to help the whole of the human family providently provide for itself in a manner consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, preserving the peace & peace of mind that is all too rare in these latter days.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Kevin
Self-reliance is a spiritually essential part of learning and understanding the blessings God has given us. The Earth, all its constituent parts, and even it's celestial neighbors were created to provide abundantly for all of God's children. Our ability to make the most effective use of them lays bare the wisdom of God, and gives us a fuller understanding of his love for us. It also gives us the opportunity to exercise our God given ability to create, and to aid others in their own creative processes, two of the most fulfilling endeavors in which we can engage in mortality. From the temporal prospective, self-reliance is vital to fulfilling our charge to be in the world, but not of the world. Providing for our own needs independently shields us from the economic, geopolitical, health, cultural, atmospheric, cosmic, or geologic problems we face, puts us in a better position to help those around us suffering from them, and raises a standard for others to follow. Technology is being provided to provide for our agricultural, structural, energy, transportation, intellectual and spiritual needs without becoming dependent on the needs, wants or whims of others. I testify that it's possible for all to not only providently provide for us and our families all the necessities of life without yielding to the worlds way of doing things, but to turn around and produce by our own industry ample wholesome goods to exchange for what we can't get directly from our own little patch of Earth. Show more Show less