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Hi I'm Ken

I'm a retired Army officer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California and joined the Army right out of high school. After serving enlisted for three years, I got out to get a degree. I returned to the Army as an officer and married the woman of my dreams while I was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. I dedicated all of my adult life to serving my country. Through it all, we managed to raise a family of three children while moving around the country every two years. Each of my three children were born in a different state, so it makes for interesting conversation. My children are young, one is in high school, one is in elementary school, and the youngest, my son, is three, and ready to go to school tomorrow. He keeps me busy, to say the least. I stay fit by cycling, and I'm writing a book about emergency preparedness.

Why I am a Mormon

My father and mother split when I was four. The four of us, my brother and two sisters, lived with my dad's relatives for a couple of years until my dad re-married. He married a young Mormon girl who became our new mother. She raised us in the Church. But it took me a few years to appreciate the Gospel, and what it meant to me personally. My testimony of it grew with time, and the many experiences I had while serving in the Army helped shape my perception of the Gospel and it's truthfulness. I know our Father in Heaven is a loving God, and that his Son, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us so that we might live. I'm not perfect, but I have a pretty good idea about this life, and the next, and I'm grateful for the knowledge that I have, and the strength the Gospel lends me.

How I live my faith

I'm a Sunday School teacher for the 14 - 18 year old's in my ward. I've known most of the kids since I first moved to Austin eight years ago. They are like my own children now. I'm blessed to have an opportunity to learn more about the Gospel with them every Sunday. I live in a religiously split family, my wife is Catholic, so there are challenges at time, but we have the same values of righteous living. It's hard to sit in church without my wife by my side, but I know God meant for us to be together, and that it's my responsibility to make our family work through that and any other issue that might try to tear us apart. We are blessed.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

A successful relationship is a team sport; it's can't succeed without the contributions of a loving couple. The love that's shared must be unconditional, given freely and without thought for reward. It's not domination of one over the other. That's not of God; our God is not a God of domination. A loving father and husband doesn't rule over his wife, he rules WITH his wife. Together, they form the foundation of family, and they set an example for their children of what a loving relationship is. Show more Show less