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Hi I'm Ken

I am from Utah and cherish my mission many years ago to Sweden, the country of my ancestors. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of four children and a grandfather to 18 grandchildren - 15 of which are girls. I retired from the United States Air Force Reserve after 27 years of service including three and a half years of active duty in Berlin, Germany during the Vietnam conflict. My education was in accounting and I spent one year with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan as a Financial Analyst and 30 years with a mining and manufacturing company as the Chief Financial Officer. I chased projects for a construction firm for a few years before retiring. For the past two and a half years I have volunteered with the church's Perpetual Education Fund which is designed to help young people in countries throughout the world improve their living conditions through education and training. I enjoy most sports and often say that there are only two seasons during the year - football season and all of the remaining months. I am a fitness nut and try to work out a couple of hours every day except Sunday. I have run three marathons and was training to run Boston when my hip gave up on me. I now have a hip replacement and spend much of my workout time in a spin class.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and became a member when I was baptized and confirmed at the age of eight. Church activity has been an important part of my whole life but I gained a firm testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel message while serving a 30 month mission to Sweden, the country of my ancestors on my father's side. Service in the church and regular study of the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, has solidified that testimony. The values and principles taught by Savior are an integral part of the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - the Mormons. We have raised our children with this value system and find the principles taught by the gospel to be most helpful in teaching our children respect and responsibility. I am a Mormon because I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that through him the Book of Mormon came forth as another witness of our savior, Jesus Christ. I know of no better way to live and to raise our family than to do it in accordance with the principles of the gospel as taught by the Mormons.

How I live my faith

I have had the privilege of serving my community and church in many different capacities. I have enjoyed serving on boards for such organizations as United Way and Junior Achievement. I have also been the chairman of the local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development boards. On a state level I have served with the Judicial Conduct Commission and on the state Transportation Commission. Our church encourages us to be actively involved in the community. My most favorite service in the church has been with the Young Single Adults and as the leader of a large congregation of saints on three different occasions. I have enjoyed visiting other members of the church on a regular basis in ministering to their needs. It is a joy to get to know these individuals and assisting them as required. Other opportunities for service include working with sports programs and public affairs programs.