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Hi I'm Kevin Scharnhorst

I'm a native Idahoan, Husband, Father of three girls and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small community in southern Idaho. My parents instilled within me the importance of having good standards and morals. I was surrounded by good friends and family. Today, I'm a husband and Father of three beautiful daughters and I'm trying to teach them the important things I learned while growing up. My interests include reading, learning, camping, dutch oven cooking, hunting and all things technical. I have spent the last 12 years working in a technical career as a Software Engineer. I was taught in my youth to work hard and am blessed to work in a career discipline that I both love and am passionate about. I currently work in the healthcare sector and develop solutions that help improve patient outcomes. To support my career I finished a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Medical Informatics. In addition to my main career, I also teach computer programming classes at a local community college, run my own consulting business (which I have had for more than 10 years) and actively give service through my church calling as an Elder's Quorum President. I love to stay busy and invest a lot of time in my career interests. I make time as well for the important things and cherish the time I have to create memories with my own family.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother met with missionaries and started investigating the church while attending college. She was Catholic and was raised in that faith, as was my Dad. My parents joined the church after starting their family with me after I was 4 years old. I am the oldest of five children and have two brothers and sisters. In her own right, my Mom is the pioneer of my families faith and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Like my Mother, I came to my own testimony when I went off to college and found myself on my own for the first time in my life. I attended Brigham Young University Idaho for a year and wrestled with the decision to serve a mission as approached 19. My Heavenly Father had prepared me with good church leaders and friends that helped me see the difference the Gospel made in their own lives. I prayed if serving a mission was the right thing for me to do at that point in my life. I felt that it was and knew that my Heavenly Father wanted me to. I was eventually called to serve in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission. It wasn't easy, but I invested myself to learn the teachings of my Savior so that I could teach it and help others to understand the great Plan of Salvation. It was on my mission that gained my own testimony. I gained it through diligent study and prayer of my own. My testimony is based on the knowledge that God speaks to us today through His living Prophets. We are his divine sons and daughters. We lived with him before we came to earth and left his presence to be tested and to receive physical bodies so that we could have experiences here on earth. Mortality isn't the end though.Christ is our elder Brother, Savior and through His sacrifice for us, he has made it possible that we can return back to our Heavenly Father's presence. We can return through following His teachings. The scriptures are literally our textbooks of life and road map to lead us back home.

How I live my faith

I strive to gain further understanding of my faith through studying the scriptures, worshiping my Savior and Heavenly Father and fellowship with other saints in my community. In our home, we teach the gospel to each other and bear testimony of the things we know to be true and set aside time we can spend together often as a family. As life presents its challenges, I try to apply the principles I have been taught to get through them and be strengthened in the process. In a society, such as today, where many lack a morale compass, I leverage the teachings of Jesus Christ and his example taught in the scriptures to guide my own life. Practicing our faith, to me, is defined by what we do when nobody is observing. I strive to become a little better every day in the person I am and want to be. I take my responsibilities as a husband and father very seriously and recognize it is my duty to be there to care and provide for them. I offer my time and talents to serve my Heavenly Father through serving His children. One way I do that is through serving diligently and doing my part in the calling that I have been called to serve in within my own ward. In my calling, it is my privilege, to work with other men, like myself, that are in similar circumstances. My primary responsibility is to help look over the temporal and spiritual needs of these Men and their families. I coordinate assignments to visit families on a monthly basis by Priesthood holders with the purpose of ensuring that their needs are met. I am blessed to be able to visit the families within our ward regularly and offer support and encouragement to them in the challenges or opportunities they face with and try and help them do so by applying the teachings of our Savior.