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Hi I'm Kevin

I love music, the ocean, staying active, my family, and the gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the ocean. I was born by the coast, but moved with my family when I was young to the middle of the U.S. Since then I've seen the ocean three times, and have loved each and every moment of it. The last time I visited the ocean, I spent a week learning to surf. I look forward to someday living by the ocean, and being able to surf all the time, or perhaps even go sailing. I also love rock climbing. I first started climbing during my first year of college. I like that climbing isn't as much about physical strength, as it is having good balance and technique. I also enjoy climbing because it's a good workout, yet still fun. I love music, and sharing music with others. I've done my best to learn how to play different instruments in order to share music in different ways. My love of music has led me to participate in many various performing opportunities throughout life, and in several countries. The memories I have of those times are some of the happiest that I can remember. I think that music is a powerful way to feel closer to Heavenly Father, and all of His children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. I grew up Mormon, and attended church every Sunday, and went to other church activities. I always knew that the church was true, and that it taught the correct gospel, but I would say that I truly became converted when I was about 12. At that time, I was beginning to form my own self-identity. I had always been present at church, but I didn't really have my own testimony--I always relied on the testimony of my parents. I remember attending General Conference, and hearing President Gordon B. Hinckley issue his challenge to read the Book of Mormon all the way through before the end of the year. I had never read the entire Book of Mormon all the way through before, and there was only a few months left before the end of the year, but I accepted the Book of Mormon challenge. It was close, but I successfully read the Book of Mormon all the way through before the year was done. When I was finished, I knelt in prayer and asked God if the Book of Mormon was true, and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. As I prayed, I felt a sense of comfort and peace course through my body, and that was when I knew that I was in the right church. Since then, I have had several hard times in life, and have undergone many trials. However, by holding fast to the church and by maintaining faith in Jesus Christ, I have come out stronger and more knowledgable than before. I am a Mormon not because it's convenient for me, but because I believe in the power of God more than I do in the power of Satan and the world. I have experienced first-hand numerous trials that have left me broken, tormented, and helpless. But, because of my faith, I have never felt lost, or doubted the existence of God. I know that in my darkest times, when the balance between a good or a bad day could be changed by the smile or angry look of a stranger, that Christ was always there for me. I love God, my savior Jesus Christ, and my family, and I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by giving service to others. While growing up, my parents taught that service was very important, and that I would be blessed every time I helped others. I started out giving service by shoveling sidewalks of snow when I was younger, and have since then helped others with moving, roofing houses, getting rides to church, and eventually by teaching principles of the gospel in Sunday school. I also became certified as a lifeguard and in CPR, so I am able to serve others while working. I remember reading in the scriptures that "charity is the pure love of Christ," and I think the best way to be charitable and to show my love and Christ's love is to give up my time in service to others.