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Hi I'm Kenneth Bennion

I'm a junior high science teacher. I'm an amateur musician and chess player. And - you guessed it! - I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern Utah as the oldest of four kids. My childhood was filled with piano lessons, Little League baseball, and Boy Scouts. I have fond family memories -- attending a cultural event together, arguing over which restaurant to eat at, or making each other laugh during games around the kitchen table. My friends were of the work-hard-play-hard variety -- helping each other finish honors homework, only missing school for choir trips, and playing volleyball on the weekends. I started college as an engineering major, but realized I would rather inspire future scientists in a classroom than become one myself in a cubicle. I graduated with education degrees in math and science. I enjoy the challenge of teaching science at a junior high -- never a dull moment! I married my best friend Katie and we're starting a new phase of life with a precious baby girl! When I'm not making lesson plans, I'm probably listening to news radio, relaxing with a book, watching a TV show, playing the piano, or puzzling over a chessboard.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God is real and personal. I feel His love for me as I pray and sense His Spirit guide my life. My education in science and math has not turned me away from faith; it has increased my amazement for God's universe and appreciation for our beautifully-created Earth home. I believe that Jesus Christ was God's Beloved Son, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, and the Savior of the New Testament. When I feel selfish, His perfect life of service inspires me to reach out to others. When I feel weak and unworthy, His atoning sacrifice offers me forgiveness, peace, and strength. When faced with loss, His embodied resurrection grants me a sure hope for life after death. Because of Jesus, I can have lasting happiness -- now and in the eternities. Truly, "we love him, because he first loved us." In this fast-changing world of moral relativism, it can be difficult to know who to believe or which path to follow. How grateful I am for scriptural accounts of men and women who were guided in difficult circumstances! I trust the words of ancient and modern prophets. I have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon and know they contain God's word. The Holy Spirit has confirmed to me many times the same sentiment that was expressed by an early Mormon leader, "No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so." I know that God and Jesus appeared to Joseph Smith and guided his prophetic life because the doctrines that were restored are too beautiful to disregard. I know that the Lord's authorized mouthpiece today is an inspired man named Thomas Monson. His words are special and sincere and I will follow him through these treacherous last days. In this Church, I have witnessed priesthood power and spiritual gifts and holy places that leave me no room for doubt -- "in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest." In this faith, my soul is at peace.

How I live my faith

Being a teacher by profession, I'm a personality that enjoys helping others live up to their potential. While religious conversations are limited in the public school system, I try to let "a love of God and of all men" shine through as I treat students and adults with respect, patience, and kindness. The upcoming generation needs all the unconditional love and guidance they can get! Each day I try to live up to my potential as a child of God. I pray, study the scriptures, take care of my body, attend church, help others, worship in the temple. I've had my own moments of darkness, confusion, and despair, but faith in Christ has always brought light, clarity, and hope. I find joy in helping others understand and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ. I try to be friendly and non-judgmental with those who are different or struggling. I served a proselyting mission for two years in downtown Toronto, Canada where I helped people from all over the world discover the blessings of a Christ-centered life. I've also had the opportunity to serve in several leadership and teaching positions in the various congregations where I've lived. A favorite recent assignment was to plan meaningful activities for the local teenage boys -- like Scouting, service projects, and spiritual moments. But the most important way I live my faith is within my family. As a past Mormon leader once said, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." If I rely on Christ, I can be a spiritual strength for my wife and our families. Living the commandments brings blessings, not just to me, but to those around me. I am more capable of helping others when my life is aligned with God's Spirit.