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Hi I'm Kevin Standridge

I grew up an agnostic from southern California. I run. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am currently a Freshmen studying accounting and Economics. I love running, playing chess, biking swimming, and just about anything where I can be outdoors and see nature. I have always been a huge book lover, especially Jane Austen, body building nutrition and monetary policy. I grew up an only child in an Agnostic household, and have since changed, and will be leaving on a mission to Mexico in May of 2014.

Why I am a Mormon

I could write a small book on this subject, but I will suffice it to say that the real reason I am a Mormon is because I have seen the evidence of what the Gospel does for people in their lives. Certainly I have received a feeling in my heart that transcends all description, telling my so clearly I could not misunderstand that the Book of Mormon is true. It is the most apparent thing in the world to me that the current president of the church, Thomas S. Monson, is a prophet of God, I have had the opportunity to hear him in person, and there is no possible way for me to honestly deny the spiritual witness I have received of this fact. At the end of the day however, the biggest and most clear way to see the power of the Gospel is the way that it changes my life, and the lives of those around me. In the New Testament, Christ declared that we can know the truthfulness of things by the fruits, or in other words results that they bring. For me, I have seen the Gospel work mighty changes in my own life, and in the lives of those around me. I have felt it change my heart from what I must admit was rather uncaring and kind, into one that cannot help but love those around me. I have seen the Gospel bring hope to those who felt like they could never be forgiven for what they have done, and there is no possible way to deny or to not see this. It is the simple truth, and because it is the truth, I could not imagine being a Mormon. I lastly want to share this most fundamental and important truth. Jesus Christ lives again. He is each of our savior, he died to atone for all of our sins. In so doing he took upon himself every pain, sin, and worry we would ever feel, and then died for each of this. I love him with all my heart, and yet I know that does not even compare to the love that he feels for each and every one of us. I hope you can feel that I know this is true, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I think that the most prevalent way I live my faith is in my day to day activities. Every morning, I get up, pray, read my scriptures for an hour, and that sets the tone for the rest of my day. The biggest difference between me now and before I had faith, is the change in my desire to help people throughout the day. If I see someone who is struggling or needs help, I feel such a stronger desire to do what I can to help them than I previously had. It is these little small things that I can pinpoint as the biggest differences in how I live my faith. With regard to the church however, I teach my fellow college students about the gospel as an instructor, and absolutely love that I have this opportunity to share my feelings about the gospel on a weekly basis, and hopefully deliver a message that might uplift and encourage those that might be struggling that week. I am also a cochairman of a committee dedicated to finding and then serving those who need help, and have loved the chance to be involved in everything from farming to provide food for the homeless to organizing the boys in our dorm to help move the girls in our church from their old building to a new one. I also am what's called a "home teacher", which means that I am given 12 girls that I meet with at least once a month to make sure that they are doing alright, and to see if there is anything that I can do to help make their lives at college easier.