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Hi I'm Kenton

I've lived all around the United States, and have performed piano in Austria, China, and in the U.S. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Kenton. I haven't done many things of particular consequence; but I've done a few worth noting. One is that I'm an Eagle Scout, with my project involving a food drive, a small benefit concert, and volunteer hours for the local food bank. We managed to collect 1,200 pounds of food for the organization. Another is that I've toured through China as part of a group of piano quartets. We performed in multiple concerts in Chengdu, Beijing, and Shanghai. Though young, our quartet group consisted of great talents, playing many pieces made famous by the American Piano Quartet. In addition to performing at numerous places in the United States, I've also performed in Austria, at the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, for the Classical Music Festival. Finally, to complete my pedigree, I have performed at my brother's wedding reception in front of a hard-to-please crowd of a few family members. Of course, accomplishments are nothing compared with family. I'm the youngest of four children; almost all of us born in different states. Over the years, we've come to call many states our home. My mother being an artist, it's not too much of a surprise that all of us have taken up various arts for our hobbies. Even so, we still sometimes squabble a little when we all want the same painting of our mother's on our own walls. I'm fond of dogs, music of course, books, movies, and games. I'm currently a student at BYU, preparing to go on a mission to Leeds in England.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, the prophet Alma exhorts his people on their faith. He tells them in the book of Alma, chapter 5: "...have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?" He goes on to say: "And now i say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?" He concluded: "I speak by way of command unto you that belong to the church; and unto those who do not belong to the church I speak by way of invitation, saying: Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life." In the Book of Mormon, the fruit of the "tree of life" spoken of refers to the love of God, which is the greatest fruit of all. Christ said in Matthew chapter 7: "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit." He continued: "Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them." When I was baptized, I knew by the spirit that this was the Lord's church. I felt a change of heart, a renewing of myself, a new birth, so to say. I haven't been a perfect person; no man has, save Christ only. But it is through him that I can feel, as Alma taught, to "sing the song of redeeming love," because of Christ's grace through his atonement. I have truly seen the fruit of this church; I have tested of myself if it is good, or evil. I know of a fact that the fruits of this church are good. I have felt, so to say, peace like a river, and righteousness as the waves of the sea in this the Lord's church. In John chapter 15, Christ said: "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is rich in the fruit of Christ. His spirit is with His church.

How I live my faith

Faith is not faith if we aren't willing to live it. Christ said that, in order to be saved, we must have faith in Him, be baptized, and keep his commandments. In the church, it is our duty and responsibility to care for the sick, the needy, the widows, the fatherless, all who stand in need. It is also our duty and responsibility to serve where we are asked, or called, to serve. In all my callings in the church, I've given service to my fellow men; whether it be in teaching, in visiting, in organizing, and in administering to the ordinances of the gospel, including visiting and blessing the sick, blessing the sacrament, among other things. It is not only in our callings, though, that we serve. When I was baptized, I made promises, or covenants, with The Lord. I promised to do His will in helping and caring for all those around me. I do this not only in service, but in monetary ways as well. In this church, I fast at the beginning of each month and give the money I would have spent on food for the feeding of the poor. I give tithing, ten percent of my entire income, for the welfare and well-being of the whole church, including humanitarian services that spread across the whole globe for all who need them. It is in giving ourselves away to the service of God that we truly find ourselves. One specific way I have served is visiting a widow in our ward, or congregation. She is very immoblie, though she is very kind and wonderful. She doesn't have much for me to do for her in her care facility, but she appreciates even the act of visiting. Though my only service to her is to visit her, I do it on my own prerogative. Helping her has helped me to understand what the Apostle James meant when he spoke about "true religion." I have only given a few examples of how I have served others as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are not paid for our callings. Rather, our reward is in our service to our fellow men and to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kenton
God has always made known his will through prophets, and has always appointed prophets to lead and guide his people. When has the Lord made known his word and will without prophets? It says in Revelations: "...for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." The Old and New Testaments are filled with the testimony of the prophets, and even the Old Testament is filled with some of our richest prophecies about Christ. Job said, "For I know my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:" In the New Testament Christ had this exchange with Peter: "But whom say ye that I am? "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." This manner of prophecy continues. Joseph Smith testified: "And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! "For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—" So too does President Thomas S. Monson declare his testimony: "Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He loves us with a love we cannot fully comprehend, and because He loves us, He gave His life for us." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Kenton
Our whole desire as Latter-day Saints is to come closer to our savior Jesus Christ. We treasure all scripture which speaks and prophecies and testifies of him. The Bible, throughout the New and Old Testaments, testifies of Christ. All the prophets of the Old Testament preached, and testified, and spoke of Christ. Some claim that the Old Testament preaches of a "different" God than the one spoken of in the New Testament, or that the God of the Old Testament is not a God of Mercy, or that the Old Testament is merely a book of myths. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we solemnly declare that the Bible is the word of God, and is his voice through his prophets to his people. It is a true book of scriptures, and those who read it and abide by its precepts will be brought closer to Heavenly Father, and his son Jesus Christ. The New Testament is also absolutely true, and also absolutely the word of God. Through it we are able to come closer to Christ. Through it we can gain the knowledge of Christ's resurrection from the dead, of his atonement, and his establishing his church through the Apostles. It is a witness that he lives; that he is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the promised Messiah. Without the Bible, in other words, without both the Old Testament of Jesus Christ and the New Testament of Jesus Christ, we would be without much of the word of God on the earth, and we would be lost. We treasure and love the books of the Bible. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Kenton
I think faith only increases as we test it, or as we try it out. Faith is a hope in things which are not seen, but which are true. Peter exercised faith that, if he would put his feet on the water, he could walk on the Sea of Galilee with the Savior. It was in the moment that he feared and doubted that he sunk. It is the same with us. We must learn not to doubt The Lord nor his promises, but rather to try the experiment of our faith, knowing that we may receive a witness of the truth of all things through the Spirit of The Lord. How can we grow our faith and knowledge of Christ? The apostle James is most helpful: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." How can we know that we have received a witness of The Lord? In First Kings, chapter nineteen, the prophet Elijah had this experience: "...And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: "And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice." Through this still small, peaceful voice, we can have, through our faith, greater faith and love for our Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less