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Hi I'm Keith

I'm a Mormon. I'm a retired high school shop teacher and still a Boy Scout at 65.

About Me

I was born in Utah, but my folks could not take the winters and moved to Southern California where I grew up on the beach. My dad took me to a Cub Scout meeting when I was 8 years old because he felt I needed outdoor experiences like camping. I have been a Boy Scout since 1954, and now I run a Boy Scout Camp during the summers with a staff of 120 people and almost 4000 campers each summer. I love camping, outdoor sports, rock climbing and I love teaching it to young people. The look on a young persons face when they do something special like catch their first fish, or climbing a rock, or ride a zip line, or ride a horse for the first time is amazing. God gave us this wonderful world to experience, enjoy and share with others. We can never see it all or experience all the amazing opportunities that are out there, but it is fun trying and then helping others experience it is like frosting on the cake. It is probably better the second time around with someone else.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, but my parents were smart enough to let me make my own choices about going, and developing my own testimony. I had questions, I asked them, I look around and tried to find answers. When I was in college during the 60's a lot of young people were asking questions and rebelling against just about everything. I hung out at the beach, surfed, read lots of books, and asked questions. Every time I asked a question, or thought about what life was all about or how it ought to be, I kept finding the answers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ did not threaten or promise punishment, He forgave, taught, and challenged people to make their own decisions, ask questions and get answers though prayer, directly from God. He even promised that after He was gone, God would send another Comforter, with answers when we needed them. This other Comforter was the Holy Ghost. That makes 3 in the Godhead, 3 separate beings, God the Father who even Christ worshipped, Jesus Christ our advocate with the Father for the times we make mistakes, and the Holy Ghost to be our constant companion and connection to our Heavenly Father. We have free agency to choose, help to make the choices and even help when we chose wrong. What a wonderful way to learn and prepare for eternity. It made sense to me when I was 18 and it still does.

How I live my faith

The Boy Scout motto is "Be prepared" and the slogan is " Do a good turn daily". This fits so well into the Gospel plan it is amazing. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone spent their time looking for ways to "do a good turn daily", to help other people every day. What would it be like if people were concerned about learning things so when problems come up, they could handle them, and then spent time helping others. The Gospel teaches the only things we can take into Eternity are the things we have learned, for which we will "be so much the better" and the Good works we have done. In the Book of Hebrews, the Apostle Paul wrote the even Christ had to learn by the things He suffered. He did so, and gained eternal Glory. Christ did and does nothing but service for mankind, His Brothers and Sisters, us. If He had to suffer and learn, I must have an amazing amount of learning and suffering to do, so I can be with Him someday. I am not even close, so I am still trying to learn, face my problems, and be prepared to help others. I taught high school shop for 40 years, and helped young people find careers that they could support their families with, and have pride in their accomplishments and have fun. I also taught them pride in themselves, respect for others, and a sense of self worth. All of these are Gospel principles. We are sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father, who loves us, who has given us an opportunity to learn and return to him as part of an Eternal Family. We just have to learn, try, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and keep on going.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Abraham when returning from the Battle of the Kings, in the Old Testament, gave a tithe to the High Priest Melchizedek who was King of Salem (which later became Jerusalem). In Malachi 3:10 in the Old Testament the Lord makes promises for those who pay their tithes and offering. I give 10% of my gross income to the Lord. The Church uses that money to build building, and maintain them. In addition to Church buildings, the Church operates and maintains welfare services where people (members and non-members) can get job training, low cost or no cost goods like food, clothing and household good, and education. If someone goes into one of the Deseret Industries Thrift stores, and buys something, the money they pay goes into welfare funds to help other people. The cost of the building, collection of the goods, salaries of the workers, gas for the trucks, etc., comes from the money we tithe. I work 4 hours a week in a cannery, canning everything from fruit to flour to meat, which is given to the needy, often at no charge. When Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the Church had 50 semi's loaded with supplies, sitting in Texas, and they were in place within 24 hours helping people. They were given to anyone, regardless of religion who needed help. In addition to the 10% tithe I pay I give to the Church Welfare Program every month. I know from personal experience the 100%, every penny I give to Welfare goes to help people in need. Not one penny goes to expenses for salaries, gas, etc. Show more Show less