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Hi I'm Keith

I love the outdoors, I love my family, and I love the Church.

About Me

I like to hike, swim, run with my dog Oski and watch movies and play games with my family. I am starting a baccalaureate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. I play trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, a little piano and I compose music; I love to play in groups and in front of people.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I'm an adult now and I can't 'blame' it on my parents. I think what keeps me here and staying true to the truth is a singular experience I had at EFY in 2011. I went to Nauvoo, where we had the opportunity to have daily scripture study practically on the steps of the temple. I prayed very hard at the beginning of the week to gain a testimony of Joseph Smith as a prophet, seer and revelator. In a preliminary answer to my request, I was prompted to read the Joseph Smith History in the back of the Quadruple Combination (the bible we use, it has the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and some study helps as well as the Joseph Smith History section. It describes how Joseph Smith came to know the truth and the the visions he experienced and the miracles he witnessed. Reading through those verses, realizing all he gave to the Lord, realizing that he really knew... I found myself bound to Joseph Smith, unable to deny the work he did and the truth of the gospel he restored. The testimony I gained of Joseph Smith that week in Nauvoo led to many more spiritual impressions that have inspired me and kept me close to the Curch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In short: I'm a Mormon because I have been convinced that Joseph smith is a prophet and that I am a Son of God and that I have a special purpose on this earth.

How I live my faith

I believe that the way we live our faith in the world is secondary to how we behave and live the gospel in our private lives. I rely everyday on the strength prayer gives me and the faith I have gained through my experiences at EFY, at church, at home and in my personal time when I receive peresonal revalation and affirmation.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Keith
As it happens, no one is required to serve. All obedience is completeley the choice of the individual. That is the wonderful gift of agency. Having said that, it is a commandment for all worthy males ages 18 to 25 to serve a full time mission. It is not a commandment for young women. Again, keep in mind that a commandment does set forth a requirement, but everyone can make the choice as to whether they will meet the requirement. Show more Show less