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Hi I'm Kamin Huffcutt

I grew up in Peoria County, Illinois. I'm an Eagle Scout, a History major, and a Illinois State Scholar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always loved stories. Stories that others create, stories that we create, and stories that we live. One of my favorite pastimes is to start drawing a (fictional) map and make up stories about the people that live on it. Heroes and villains, dragons and ogres, priests and princesses - the whole enchilada. There's a certain magical quality that draws me in to these kind of stories, a kind of magnetism that inexorably sucks me in. A story can be any number of things - from a intriguing and subtle painting to an evening spent with friends, a story can be anything you can dream of. I've always felt, however, that the best stories are not ones that we create, but ones that we live. Indeed, these stories that we live are not truly stories at all - they are something much more. They make us what we are. When I was a child, I hated broccoli. I trained myself to vomit whenever my long-suffering mother presented me with broccoli. Thirteen years later, I still can't bring myself to eat broccoli. Whether it tastes good or bad, I still instinctively activate my gag reflex. Though this is a very silly example, it helps illustrate how our experiences, our personal stories, shape us and define us in ways that cannot be quantified or explained. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been the root cause of everything good in my life, including my very existence. It has molded me into the person I am today and continues to refine my many imperfections.

Why I am a Mormon

As I've mentioned before, the church has been the catalyst of the vast majority of blessings throughout my life. It has helped rebound from the lowest of lows and reach the heights of joy. There are times when I am tempted to renounce my faith and to walk an easier, less demanding path. Every time, however, the Lord has helped through my difficulties. He truly does love each of us more than we can ever know. He sees past the imperfections and vanities to the divine potential every one of us has. I testify to you, no matter who you are and what you've done, the Lord will never wash His hands of you. We all have the potential to do better, to be better, and the Lord is mindful of us. The Lord keeps his promises - if He did He would not be God. This is why I continue in the faith - it is true, and it will be worth it. The promised blessings at the end of the tunnel are so immense that if we could see the big picture, it would render the trinkets and distractions of this world as petty and wastes of our precious time. Sadly, we on Earth do not posses this long view. There is one who does, however. That is why I follow Him. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love the most about the church is the community that it forges. There is nothing like it - school, work and other secular organizations often create bonds of trust and fellowship, but they still pale when compared to the church. Most of the truest friends I have and some of the best people I have ever met are people I have met through the church. I have witnessed acts of godly charity, endless patience and pure charity in this superlative church. I taught a class of eight to eleven year olds for over a year, and I have been deeply touched many times by the purity of the children, and the light of Christ that shines within every one of them. I've been equally affected by the many members of the congregation who have reached out to me in times of distress. They are kind when they don't have to be, and loving when it's not required. I am truly honored to be a part, however small, of this community, bound together by love of our fellow man and love of Christ.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Kamin Huffcutt
Belief in the Book of Mormon does not preclude belief in the Bible. They enhance one another, in a similar fashion to the way a good quarterback and a good reciever can make each other better. However, over time, the Bible has suffered some intrusions by good-intentioned men. This is the purpose of the Book of Mormon - to clarify ambiguities and to provide another testament of Jesus Christ from another people elsewhere in the world. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kamin Huffcutt
In my view, a Christian is someone who professes a belief in Jesus Christ, acknowledges the divine nature of his mission, and attempts to make his teachings an integral part of their life. This encompasses a vast array of views and beliefs, and it is disingenous to suggest that afaith is not Christian simply because they have doctrinal differences with your own. Although I and a Catholic may differ on some topics, we are both followers of Christ. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kamin Huffcutt
No. The Church has produced politicians of all stripes, from Harry Reid to the current presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The Church does, however, support positions, such as opposition to abortion. This does not equate with endorsement of a political party or a particular politician. Individual politicians are encouraged to vote with their consciences and with the needs of their constituents in mind. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Kamin Huffcutt
Without the priesthood, the essential rites and and ordinances of the gospel, like baptism, cannot be performed. I can declare myself the prophet and go about preaching, but without the priesthood it is simply what I think and not God's will. The priesthood is essential to performing baptism, because only a holder of the holy priesthood is authorized to conduct such crucial ordinances. Show more Show less