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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a university student. I love classical music and opera. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music and the arts. I'm studying music performance with an emphasis in classical voice (opera). I really just can't get enough of it, so I'm constantly doing opera productions, performing with my choir, and giving recitals, that is, under normal circumstances. Right now, however, I'm putting all of that on hold while I serve the Lord as a full-time missionary. I get to help people increase their faith in Jesus Christ and get closer to him. It really doesn't get much better than those sweet moments when I get to see first-hand the power to change that the process of faith and aligning our wills with God's--in other words, repentance--gives people.

Why I am a Mormon

From the time that I was a child, I wanted to know for myself if this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the true church. I prayed to God in Christ's name, with my whole soul, and asked Him. I felt a warmth in my chest, a feeling of joy and peace. Since that day, I have continued to feel confirmation that The Book of Mormon is true, and that Jesus Christ himself leads and directs this Church through modern-day prophets and apostles. Even with this knowledge, there was, however, a time in my life when I made some grave mistakes. I felt angry at myself and that I had offended God. I tried to remedy the situation, but I felt it was in vain. I struggled with this particular problem for quite some time, and it became a vicious cycle of depression and self-hatred and sin. I felt there was no way out. Then, one day, I heard a message in church about grace, or enabling power: that because Jesus Christ's sacrifice, our best is good enough. Somehow, the teacher explained this concept (that I thought I already knew) in such a powerful way, with such honesty, and I was so spiritually thirsty, that it made me feel different. I felt the Spirit testify of the truth of his words, through the feelings described in Galatians 5:4-5. I re-committed to live the Gospel and keep the commandments. As I strove with my whole capacity to stay true to this commitment, my faith grew. One night, I knelt in prayer, pleading for forgiveness, and I felt a burden lift from my shoulders. It was just like that, all at once. I literally felt lighter. I remembered the Savior's words, "for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." I knew right then that He took my sin. I felt such indescribable joy. This experience gives me the ability to relate, at least a little, to everyone else on this earth who has ever felt in over their head. I know that Jesus Christ understands each of us perfectly, and He is willing to take our burdens if we will let Him.

How I live my faith

I'm living my faith by constantly striving to be the best I can be. Christ said, "Be ye therefore perfect, as I, or your Father in Heaven, is perfect." While this is obviously not attainable by any human by himself, everyone can work toward this supreme goal. How? By believing his words and trusting his grace, and demonstrating that through our actions. When I make a mistake, I pray for forgiveness, and try to do better next time. As I mentioned above, I'm in the middle of full-time missionary service. This means that I'm giving up two years of my life, without pay our any other physical compensation, to teach anyone who wants to listen. I teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how it has been restored to its pure, true, original form on the earth again. I encourage everyone not to just take my word for it, but to read the Book of Mormon and pray to our Heavenly Father in Christ's name to know for themselves if it is the divine word of God, standing side-by-side with the Bible as revealed helps for all of God's children.