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Hi I'm Kent

I am a lifelong Mormon. I got my initial testimony at the age of 14 in a grove of trees in Palmyra, New York. Yes, that grove.

About Me

A librarian was the last profession I thought of when thinking about my youthful ambitions and I didn't really arrive at that destination until I had worked for much of my life selling encyclopedias. Now a person might think that sales, especially encyclopedias and especially door-to-door, is a profession of "last resort" and I will admit I answered a help wanted ad during a time of high unemployment; but, it turns out to be the kind of life altering decision that a person can only appreciate in retrospect. Character traits that I learned through the challenges inherent in sales, although not always consistently applied by me, have helped shaped the person I am today. Now, in retirement, I appreciate how these skills also helped my wife and me raise a large family with each of our children becoming strong and productive members of society. Those skills also helped me in my career as a librarian. When asked to work as the manager of a library in a troubled section of town, these skills came to the rescue time and time again; and, helped me when dealing with the realities of poverty, distrust and feelings of hopelessness. Today those hard won skills are blessing me once again in my calling as a missionary (for the third time) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful I accepted those early personal difficulties and challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

Like other people I was born into my faith; consequently, due to the teaching in my youth, the pull to remain was strong. But I was a curious boy and aware of occasionally meeting individuals not of my faith who nonetheless were, I thought, living outstanding lives. So from an early age I remember reading and evaluating not only literature from my church but of other churches as well. It was not, however, until I was old enough to read the Book of Mormon with understanding and an open mind that I began to see the merit and truth in the claims of my LDS faith. My LDS faith also required something more of me..not just belief but a requirement that I place the tenets of my faith to the test. In other words that I test the sayings and "commandments" of Jesus Christ. If I am to be an example (and I believe I am) then I can honestly encourage others (you) to apply the teachings of Christ found in the Bible and Book of Mormon and you too will know, through the Holy Ghost, of their truthfulness. Did not the Savior say he would send us the Comforter who would testify of the truthfulness of all things.

How I live my faith

My wife and I recently served a two year mission in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was a privilege to meet and become intimately involved in the lives of members and non-members alike. Today many are struggling to find the way; others to stay on the path. We helped by being examples and serving in the small branch and community where we lived. We volunteered at a local senior center for 10-15 hours each month helping to prepare food which was then sold to fund many of the activities of the center. Our efforts were rewarded as we saw hope return to the faces of individuals who thought themselves lost and unredeemable. As a prophet of old said, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God". We are honored to be a small part of His heavenly plan for us by serving His children, our brothers and sisters.