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Hi I'm Ken B.

I lived in California and Arizona growing up. I love to run and see commercial edifices built. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love running and fixing things. My wife says that if there is something that needs fixing, she has "my man" do it. I love to run as much as my kids enjoy sleeping in the morning. I have tried running in the evenings after kids go to bed, right after work and in the early hours of the morning. Everyone agrees the early hours of the morning are the best time to let Daddy go breathe hard and get sweaty! I have been able to do things as bold as hiking for miles with my Boy Scouts and letting them use their newly developed skills of setting up tents, cooking their own food, using knives and starting fires; to going camping with my daughters and letting them paint my finger and toe nails! I have helped some 9 pinewood cars get built, participated in a sprint triathlon with a son and daughter at the same time, gone on field trips to the desert, antiquated Catholic Missions in Tucson, visited museums and gone to Phoenix and San Diego Zoos and even to an old California Rancho and Sea World. I have been on many dates with my sweetheart, most of which have happened after my wife accepted to marry me better than 17 years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was just entering my teenage years, I felt a desire to know more about where I came from, why I was here on Earth, and where I was going after death. To that point in my life I had not encountered knowledge that left me feeling strong and courageous. I noticed some of my friends acting in a certain way-courteous, kind, helpful, friendly. These behaviors attracted me and drew me in to find out why? There was a certain "glow" about them. So I started asking questions and eventually found this Book of Mormon. I was invited to read it for myself. I accepted the challenge. A prophet, recorded in the Book of Mormon, wrote that if I was reading these things, it was because God had allowed it and provided for me to learning these things. Further recorded was how I could know the truth of that book and whether Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in 1820. I prayed and received an answer (testimony) that has continued to grow every day since then. Because of that experience I joined myself to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful to know this is the true and living church of Jesus Christ on the earth. Well, from there I learned many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God. I found things such as who has the authority of God to direct the affairs of His Son's church on the Earth-other things like Baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, Marriage in the Temple and Families being united for time and eternity. I continue to learn about the gospel and am grateful to have each day to learn and experience the consequences of my choices. Good and bad. All of these and many more are found and shared with all who have an ear to hear. I hope and pray you will accept the challenge to knock and seek. We are all invited to the feast, in the Lord's way.

How I live my faith

For many years I have been learning about myself and others around me. I try to be open minded and very aware of others around me by helping and serving others around me, whether in my own household or "down the street" in organized groups for the church or the community. I choose to share my faith in small and quiet ways of service. I look for ways to help people feel the love of the Savior. I think that when I am in the service of my neighbor, I am only in the service of my God. When others recognize this, they go and do the same. Many have done it form me, and I feel His love, too! I have been taught well by my Dad and Brother to be confident in doing many good things. One of which was being very handy around the home. Helping someone with a resume, working with the Boy Scouts in my local area, volunteering at a local food distribution center for the needy, picking weeds in my own yard with my kids and fixing a burst water heater at my Dad's house while he was away in Italy (and all the walls and carpentry that went with it) are all ways I live my faith. I know there are spiritual experiences that are enjoyed by serving others. As I do this, my faith is seen by others. I know when I have these experiences, my faith grows.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ken B.
No way! We are all God's children. We are all worthy of help and love. I believe the 13th article of faith states it best, "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." Isn't that so exciting and encouraging?! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Ken B.
Service is one of the lifelines of the church. In providing for ourselves we learn what Heavenly Father intends for us to learn while here on Earth. In turn we share where much has been given-whatever it may be. Temporal, spiritual, emotional, social, metal, physical, etc...Then we connect ourselves with others. Show more Show less