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Hi I'm Kent

I'm a fifth generation Arizonan. I'm a happy husband, father of four, and grandfather of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been involved in real estate my entire professional career, including appraising, land development, and property acquisition. This last downturn in the economy has been very unkind to my profession, but thanks to some provident living, and minimizing our debt, my family is weathering the economic storm. I'm a husband, father, and grandfather and derive immense satisfaction from spending time with my family. After all, they are my greatest accomplishment. We are fortunate to have our kids live in the same area so we can get together often. In my spare time I enjoy doing leather work. This is a skill I learned as a teenager and have recently spent time making dozens of western belts. I also enjoy watching sports, particularly college athletics. What few people know is that I also enjoy watching cooking shows and secretly would like to be a chef with my own restaurant.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I will always be thankful to my parents for teaching me correct principles in my youth. As a child raised in the Church I was taught early on what I needed to do to gain my own testimony of the truthfulness of church doctrines. I have followed the necessary steps and over a lifetime have come to know that the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are true. The means that I have used to gain my testimony are available to all. It all has to do with sincere prayer with real intent. Being a member of The Mormon Church is not just a Sunday commitment, it is a lifetime commitment. We are taught to live our religion everyday, not just on Sunday. I love the fact that the Church recognizes that the family is the fundamental unit of society; therefore, much of the work of the Church is dedicated to strengthening the family unit. There are programs in the Church for every age group along with dedicated volunteer leaders who give freely of their time and energy. The Mormon Church teaches us to stay out of debt, to avoid addictions, to prepare for emergencies, to give freely of our time and means in humanitarian aid to others, to become educated, to love our families, etc. By attending regularly scheduled church meetings, I am taught and encouraged to be a better husband, a better father, a better neighbor, and a better citizen of my country. I am taught to render service to others, following the admonition of Jesus Christ who said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I am puzzled by those who think that Mormons are not Christians. To anyone with such beliefs, I would say that you simply don't know enough about the Mormons. I worship Jesus Christ as my savior and redeemer. He is my Lord and my God. I know that he lives, and that only through His atonement can I achieve my eternal goal.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by giving service to others. I have participated in numerous services projects both for those of my faith and for others in the community. I have had opportunities to work with the youth in the Scouting program and other worthwhile adventures. I strive to live the "golden rule" in doing unto others as I would have them do to me. I try to be a good citizen by participating in the political process and electing leaders that will preserve our freedoms. I try to set a good example to others by obeying the commandments of God.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kent
We worship God the Eternal Father and his son Jesus Christ. We revere Joseph Smith as a prophet who did a mighty work in restoring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth again. Joseph Smith was an instrument in the Lord's hands in restoring His priesthood power once again on the earth to administer the affairs of His Church. We love and honor Joseph Smith as a mighty man of faith. This Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and it is He who stands at the head of this Church and communicates His will through His servants, the prophets. Show more Show less