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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah, and have lived in Missouri, England, California, Kansas and Pennsylania.

About Me

I have an English major from San Jose State University and have worked as a technical writer since 1984. I'm interested in LDS apologetics, and have published essays in Dialogue, Sunstone, the FARMS Review of Books, the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and at the LDS Meridian Magazine. I've also got an essay in a book published by Oxford University Press written in collaboration with Margaret Barker. I've been married to Shauna, an RN, and have two children, Nick and Karina. I love to read, love movies. I play some nylon string guitar, ranging from Simon and Garfunkle to Bach and Satie.

Why I am a Mormon

Though born LDS, I have also noticed that being LDS is time consuming, expensive, and inconvenient. However, during my third reading of the Book of Mormon at age 19, while reading Ether 12:39, I recieved my first personal witness of the truth of the record and of Jesus Christ. I've also done lots of reading in comparative religion and mythology, near death experience research, Biblical scholarship, science, and have participated in LDS scholarship. For instance, I have published articles comparing modern NDE research to the Book of Mormon, as well as comparing Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions to the epistomology in Alma 32. I've explored many Biblical keys for discerning true and false prophets, and published a detailed study. My best known work compares recent reconstructions of First Temple Theology with the Book of Mormon. And I take great interest in work by other scholars, in an out of the church. I've explored comparative religions experience, looking at the reasons that people of many different faiths put forth as supporting their believe in God. And I've looked at arguments put forward by skeptics of different types. All of this reading and exploring has tended to expand my appreciation of that first personal witness to a 19 year old. I find LDS thought and scripture and apologetics to exciting, mind-expanding and rewarding. When coming across things I did not know or don't know how to fit with preconceptions that I can give things time, keep my eyes open, and re-examine my assumptions now and then, and things resolve beautifully. I have learned a great many things I am glad to know, and have had a great many experiences I am glad to have. I can clearly see that had I surrended my faith at the first bump or crisis, I would have missed out on many things I now love and value, and would never have known what I was missing.

How I live my faith

I've done lots of different callings over the years, but tend to do best as a teacher, thanks to my interest in reading and producing LDS scholarship.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I searched the Bible carefully and located 28 distinctive tests for true and false prophets. I located passages that describes what a person should do to see truth, with warning passages about what not to do. I studied the arguments given by Biblical people towards rejecting true prophets. I found that Joseph Smith meets the tests for a true prophet. My study was published on the FAIR Wiki in 2010. http://en.fairmormon.org/Biblical_Keys_for_Discerning_True_and_False_Prophets Show more Show less