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Hi I'm Kerry

I proposed to my wife on Christmas Day in the Garden of Gethsemane. I owned a 7-11 store for 18 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was brought up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from BYU with a major in Spanish/Business and received my Master’s Degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Mangement. I fell in love with Arizona and when my wife and I got married in 1977, we decided to stay in Arizona and have lived there ever since. Owning and operating a 7-eleven franchise was an enlightening and educational experience because of the diverse nature of the neighborhood in which the store was located. After 18 years, I decided to change directions and pursue a less rigorous employment opportunity and spent about six years as a corporate trainer. I had the opportunity to facilitate learning experiences for adults, design instructional material, and compose manuals for the users of the company’s software system. I finished my career as an accountant for a local construction subcontractor. I have visited Spain, México, Portugal, France, Germany, England, Thailand, Japan and Israel. I enjoy all aspects of Hispanic culture, from its food and music to its rich history, literature and language. Because of these experiences, I have come to realize that no matter where one lives or what one does, we are all children of God – brothers and sisters – members of His eternal family. I know that God loves us and wants all of us to feel secure and have peace in this world of confusion and turmoil.

Why I am a Mormon

Because my paternal and maternal great-great grandparents, great-grandparents, grandparents and parents have all been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, that is the only religious life-style I know. Notwithstanding, before I went on my mission to Spain, I could not honestly say that I “knew” that the Church was true. At the end of my mission, I “knew” the church was true logically and intellectually. As I had various spiritual experiences at BYU, I came to know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the church was true. Each opportunity to serve that I’ve had has helped strengthen my relationship with the Savior and has increased my understanding about His love for each of us and how He watches over and blesses us. I bear solemn testimony that it will not be possible to survive in the world of today – and even much less so in the world of tomorrow – if we don’t have a solid spiritual foundation based on an intimate relationship with the Savior. I know that I must live so that I qualify to have this important connection with Jesus on a daily basis. I also know that if anybody humbles him or herself and follows His teachings, He will show them what to do and they will be safe, no matter what the future holds.

How I live my faith

When my wife and I were first married, we set a goal to strengthen our marriage by praying and studying the scriptures together each day; by setting aside some time once each week to be together to plan our activities for the following week, to encourage one another and to teach each other; and by attending the temple in Mesa at least once a month. Although there have been days when we haven’t been able to pray and study the scriptures each day, there have only been a few times that we haven’t had our weekly meeting and we have always been able to find a way to get to the temple at least once each month. I have made it a personal goal to strengthen myself through daily prayer and scripture study and through doing my very best to fulfill whatever responsibilities I am given. In the time that my wife and I have been together, I have only missed two days of personal scripture study and no days of personal prayer. I have done my best to consider each assignment I’ve been given as the most important one I’ve ever had up to then. I have had the opportunity to work with young single adults for many years and have come to understand that they are our future leaders. I have done my best to enable them to learn and then do those things that will help them achieve their highest potential and make the most positive and useful contributions to their community, to their country and to their Church.