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Hi I'm Ken

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, scientist, and college professor. My wife and I have been married for 23 years. We are the parents of four children (3 girls and 1 boy). For the first 11 years of our marriage I was a college student. Our three daughters were born during those college years. We didn't have much money, but always had good times as a family. I received a B.S. in zoology from Brigham Young University (BYU), and stayed there to complete a M.S. degree doing research in aquatic ecology. I finally finished college is 2000 by earning a Ph.D. in zoology and entomology from North Carolina State University while doing research in molecular systematics of insects. I really enjoyed being a college student, so after grad school was over, I decided the next best thing to being a student would be to become a professor. I currently work as a professor of biology at a college in Southern California. I love my job. I enjoy working with students and seeing them go through the learning process. I also love learning new things for myself. In my free time I like getting out in nature. Our family loves to camp, fish, and hike. We also like sports, especially BYU football and Dodger baseball.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon at age 15. I had several friends at school that were members of the Church. One Sunday, one of my friends invited me to attend church with his family. It was very different from the Catholic masses I had been to in my life, but I felt very comfortable there. After attending church for a month, or so, I was invited to meet with Church missionaries and learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though much of what the missionaries taught was new to me, it felt like something I had known all my life. It's hard to explain how I felt as I learned more about the restoration of the gospel through a modern-day prophet, but it was as though I had discovered the answers to questions that were buried deep in my soul. I knew it was true, and I was soon baptized.

How I live my faith

I, like most active Mormons, am very involved in my local church congregation. For the past two years I have served as the congregation's bishop (like a pastor in other churches). This has been an amazing opportunity for me. It has allowed me to serve and help others like never before in my life. It is so rewarding to see people trying to live good lives and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. As Mormons, we serve in the Church without monetary compensation. However, I see great blessings in the lives of those that so freely give of their time and talents. Serving God becomes a way of life, and is brings great happiness. In our family, and many others I know, serving God is not just a Sunday activity. We pray daily as a family, we read scriptures together, and we talk about our faith regularly. These things bring our family closer together, and give us a common purpose.