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Hi I'm Kenneth

I'm a Pre-Med student at the University of Utah. I'm passionate about my family, sports, and learning! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud dad of a beautiful 18 month old little girl. My wife and I have been happily married for about two and a half years and we love every day of it! Our schedules are really tight due to the fact that we're both students and working full time. I really enjoy spending time with my girls whenever I can whether it be watching/playing sports, watching a movie or just going for a drive or a walk. I spent two years abroad serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago Chile. My experience was one of great joy and hard work for me. I had very little formal training in the Spanish language before hand and was expected to learn the language and share my testimony or inner conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people I had never before met. With only two phone calls a year to my family plus weekly emails, I had a wonderful opportunity to focus completely on my purpose: Inviting others to come unto Christ through faith, repentance (change), baptism by immersion, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my whole life. I'm currently a pre-med student at my local university and in the field of medicine, people try to test my faith in God all the time. But I can tell you that my faith in Him has never been stronger as I see his Hand work in everything around us. The gospel blesses my family in every way immaginable. I love the Savior. I know He lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I I enjoy the peace that I feel in knowing that no matter what happens in this life, death of a family member, trials that seem unbearable, illness, fatigue, torment, etc. I know that my Savior lives. I know that He has authored a Plan of Happiness for me and my family that gives me the hope to carry on day-to-day. It gives me the strength and momentum that I thirst for to know that I can live with my wife, my daughter, our future kids, my parents and all of my family after this life. What greater hope can I be given than this? I'm grateful that a loving Heavenly Father has seen it fit for me to be a bearer of His Holy Priesthood (the power of God given to men to bless His children). I'm a Mormon because I know that the Lord Jesus Christ has restored (exactly the same as it was previously) His gospel, His church, His organization again on this earth and it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His Church. If I'm going to belong to something I want it to be His. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every minute of every day. Although I'm not a full time missionary anymore, I believe that the best way for me to share my convictions with others is by the way I live my life. I strive to never shy away from saying a kind word or doing a kind deed even when, and I would even say especially when, I don't know the person. I work hard every day in sales and I love getting to know people. When they find out that I'm Mormon, they always have great questions about what it means. I'm so happy that I am able to share what I believe with them, but more importantly I'm happy that I've lived in such a way that represents what I believe. My actions as a disciple of Jesus Christ always speak louder than my words. In my local ward (our regional congregation) I serve in an unpaid possition in a presidency over a group of men that vary in age from young as 18 up to but not limited to about 40 years old. I serve as the second councilor under the President and the first councilor. I have the opportunity to serve these great men and serve along side of them every week. I often get the opportunity to teach them and engage in conversation with them about how we as fathers and husbands can better serve our wives as husbands and our children as their fathers. It's a fantastic position to serve in. I thoroughly enjoy any opportunity I get to teach the gospel in a class setting at church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stresses the importance of learning on all levels. This includes going with another man from my congregation and visiting three families in our geographical area and teaching them with their families and in their homes. It is so important that we as members of the Mormon faith have three things: a friend, a responsibility, and that we are nurtured by the Good Word of God. We all support eachother to fulfill these three things for everyone in our congregation, even if they're not a member of our faith.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kenneth
I love this principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are so many people here on this earth that never had the opportunity to listen to, accept, and follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we pass from this life to the next, our bodies stay in the ground while our spirits are taken to a place called the Spirit World. In this world, everyone will get the opportunity to listen to the gospel if they choose. However, because they do not have a body any longer, they are not able to complete the necessary ordinances to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again. For this reason, the members of the church, as in times of the New Testament perform proxy baptisms in holy temples of the Lord. Many people will work through their family history or geneology to perform baptisms vicariously for their kindred dead. As baptism is a key ordinance that all must complete before entering the presence of our Heavenly Father, we perform these ordinances to then allow the spirits in the Spirit World the choice or agency to choose whether they will accept that ordinance that was completed in their name. This is such a beautiful principle and I know that it is true. These spirits do have a choice whether to accept that work or not and I am so grateful that a loving Father in Heaven has made it possible to give His children every chance to accept His gospel and return to live with Him again. This is His work and His glory. Show more Show less