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Hi I'm Kenn

I've moved around a lot. I've made a lot of friends, had a lot of fun, and asked a lot of questions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in four different states, two of them more than once. Moving away after only living in a place for two or four years isn't easy, but I think it was good for me. I learned how to change, and improve myself. Other people may have influenced me, but the only person who has really been around long enough to define me is myself. I'm in college: I attend BYU. I enjoy most anything any college kid likes: friends, sports, games, girls, wannabe-profound thoughts, all that good stuff. I like to learn, and to think. I'm not super good at managing my time, but I get done what needs to be done.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people have told me that I am Mormon because both of my parents are Mormon, and I was born into the Church. My parents taught me what they could, and led me in my development in the Church. When I had questions, they helped me find the answers. But I did not want to be a Mormon just because I had good parents who were Mormon. In fact, everything in the Mormon Church, including my parents, encouraged me to ask questions, and not be satisfied being Mormon just because I was told to be. I knew when I was very young that if I did stay content, then I would either be fooled into believing false doctrine, or that those who claimed I was Mormon just because my parents were would be right. This led to many questions, many prayers, and much scripture reading. Learning that the Church is true was hard, at first, because I didn't really know how to recognize or understand when God was answering the questions I prayed about. People had told me I would know by the power of the Spirit, but how could I tell if something was the Spirit or just my emotions coupled with the fact that I was trying to feel the Spirit? I know now that many times that emotions and the Spirit are hard to separate. But often I would feel something for no good reason: someone told a simple story, or a song was sung in church. These things would have nothing to do with emotion, but I felt something. I learned from that how to recognize the Spirit of God, which testifies of truth to God's children. Recognizing the Spirit is one of the most important skills to develop, because the Spirit is the way that God verifies our faith in his son. My Father in Heaven has testified to me through his Spirit that I am doing his will when I following the teachings of the Mormon Church. By paying attention, I can see his hand in my life every day, and he seems to find every excuse to show me that he loves me. He loves all of his children, and that is way he established this Church.

How I live my faith

I start with the basics: I read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures daily. I attend church every week. I teach a Sunday school class in my student ward. I pray many times a day as God continues to show me how much I need him. I don't drink, or smoke, or have sex, which made me a little bit of an awkward kid when I moved my senior year, but I was able to make friends who counted. I try to just be nice, and help people out. I hope to make the world a better place. I want to help people. I do plenty of thinking. I think of how I can be a good citizen, or what I believe about the current issues. I think about the future, and prepare myself now so that I will be in a good position, with the right tools to be a good father, or improve the lives of those around me. I ask questions to find truth. I ask myself why God has given this or that commandment so that I can understand better and live more effectively. I take responsibility for my actions, and avoid giving excuses when they're not necessary. I repent, changing my life one day at a time to align my will closer to that of God. I go to the temple of God to participate in the sacred ceremonies there. I am preparing to serve a mission in France to teach the people there about the love our Heavenly Father has for them, so that they can come to him an more fully enjoy it. He has promised all of us blessings if we make covenants with him, and I want to help people make those covenants.