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Hi I'm Kevin

I grew up on the south rim of the Grand Canyon until 15 years old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in a forest is why I love the outdoors. Falconry is something I enjoy passionately. I like showing a bird of prey to others and seeing their joy when they come close to a wild bird. I am married and have five children and speak Spanish as a second language. I obtained a B. S. degree in Construction Management and worked in residential construction as a Safety Manager. Work came to a halt a few years ago as multiple sclerosis changed my focus in life. I currently spend as much time as possible volunteering. The gift of life is treasured.

Why I am a Mormon

In my youth there was an emptiness in my heart. I am grateful for the teachings of Jesus that were received, but had always felt there was something more. Questions about the purpose of life here on earth and what happens after death were never answered. When I was fifteen I read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament and felt good inside. There grew a hunger to know more. I listened to radio evangelists and went to several different church denominations seeking answers. They helped but did not fill my yearnings. One day a friend invited me to go to church with him. I still remember the first time I stepped into the building. As I walked through the double doors to the chapel there was a distinct feeling - I am home! All the emptiness I had felt in the past literally vacated. I recognized peers from high school at the sacrament meeting which made the occasion even better. From then on I participated in weekly youth activities and went to Church every Sunday. About a year later there was a special meeting that youth were invited to attend to see the President of the Church. Standing on the stage in the back of the building I could hear the voice of the President cut in and out because the speaker system was not functioning well. Then, one moment, very strong in my heart, there was a strong burning. The message was clear, and I understood it perfectly - "This is a living prophet!" I was baptized soon after. That experience has never diminished. It has been confirmed time and again - Jesus Christ leads the Church today through a living prophet. There are also living Apostles as well. They receive direction from the Lord and regularly tell the members of the Church what to do to combat the evil that is rampant in the world today. My wife and I know this, and we have taught it to our children.

How I live my faith

One thing that helped our four boys is the Boy Scout program. I actively participated as a leader and a father by going on camp outs and helping in activities. The bonding with my immediate children and others cannot be erased. Today my boys are out of high school. They still participate in outdoor activities regularly. They are good citizens and have the Lord's blessings. My daughter is my angel. There is no doubt in my mind she is prepared for life. I look forward to seeing how her children benefit from her leadership abilities in raising them with a worthy husband. Another area close to my heart is the missionary program of the Church. Because of my conversion, I actively share the message that makes me truly happy. I know where we came from before getting bodies of flesh and blood and what happens after we die. I am a ward missionary (for the third time) and grateful for this opportunity to help people that are looking for something like this in their lives. Serving in several bishoprics has been humbling. Getting close to members of the ward has its highs and lows emotionally. From those experiences I have seen how keeping the commandments of the Lord blesses our lives. Conversely, not keeping the commandments daily brings suffering and unhappiness. Trials will always happen to everyone. That is the reason we came to this planet - to prove our faith. However, like Jesus taught, if we build our foundation on a rock, the storms won't wash us away. The thing that really keeps me currently going forward is service in the temple. I enjoy volunteering to help out there. The House of the Lord truly is a sacred place. It is an interesting observation that when I am volunteering in the temple, the pain in my body from the M.S. doesn't bother me. For that I am truly grateful.