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Hi I'm Kenneth

I'm a father of four, a brother to six. I love being a dad and brother. I think life is good (most of the time :). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love going places, learning new things, having adventures (planned or "unplanned"), dancing, thinking deeply and playing around, working out, being healthy, church and simple adventures. Basically, I like my life most of the time. However, I've noticed that life doesn't always follow my plan! The last 6 months I've been unable to do most of those activities due to some health issues (yuk!). Hoping to return to "normal" soon! Given recent events, I'm working on being more grateful :)… Frequently we think of the big things to be grateful for… but I think most of the time it's the small things that make the biggest difference… so a short list of some small things I like... 1. Coming home to someone who cares! 2. A smile from a stranger; give one and you may get one. 3. Children playing, reminding you to be joyful. 4. Cuddling 5. Music! 6. A beautiful sunset or sunrise. Nothing is more inspirational that tuning into nature’s majesty. 7. A relaxing shower at the end of a long day... 8. Text messages that say, "Thinking of you" 9. Sending flowers my lady doesn't expect :) 10. hugs from my kids (or parents or brothers and sisters or friends or ...) 11. a funny joke that breaks the tensions and lightens the day 12. a fast car taking a turn sweetly at speed 13. a great idea 14. a moonlight walk 15. a good book 16. an old couple still in love 17. just relaxing and doing "nothing" for a few moments :) Hope you have a good day!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I'm not really sure how best to answer that question, except to say that I love truth and feel that the Church of Jesus Christ teaches the truths that set us free spiritually. So perhaps it's best to simply start with what I believe. I believe in God. I believe that he is good, loving, intelligent and truthful. I believe that his entire life and existence are based on truth and genuine love. I believe that He is our Father in Heaven, that we lived with him before we were born; that we learned from Him and others, that we grew and progressed until we needed to head off "on our own" to decide what we wanted to become when the consequences of right and wrong were not so obvious. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe he is the son of God and that he took upon himself our pains and our sins so that He could help us and by His grace we are able to be forgiven and overcome our weaknesses. Why do I believe these things? Because over the years of living, God has slowly revealed them to my soul. As I have gone through my own set of troubles and witnessed those of others, He as spoken comfort and love to my soul. He has confirmed to my soul, these truths and others. So… I am a Mormon because they teach the truth as I understand it and because of what I have seen the Church of Jesus Christ do in people's daily lives.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? As best as I can! I believe, in many ways, our true religion is discoverable by how we live our daily lives. A key tenet of our faith is that we believe families can be together forever. So families are important to me. For many years, raising my family and kids were the focus of my life. Now, my youngest, a son, just started his "mission"; it was great helping him get ready to serve. In our church we do not have many paid ministers… The local congregations are led by people from within that congregation – it rotates every few years; this makes it nice since you know the person has real world experience… For example my good friend, Todd, was the leader for a few years; we had worked together at Microsoft so I knew he understood my work and family. Aside from the leaders, we each have specific "callings" - things we are asked to do to help out. For example I was asked to teach the adult class, so that's what I do most Sundays when I'm in town. We also look after each other; each of us is asked to specifically look out for another 2 or 3 families – just to call on them and make sure they're feeling supported and check if they need any help. It is nice; we get to know each other and help out. When there's a problem, I know my kids have many people they can call if I am not available; this was very helpful as a single parent! When I travel, I can almost always find a local congregation – for example when I was in Shanghai, I went to the church there and had a wonderful time meeting the people and spent dinner with a new friend :). It was nice. We also serve "missions" when we're younger or when we're retired… When I was 19-20 I went on a mission and was sent to France and southern Belgium to help the people and the church for a couple of years. I still go back occasionally; a great country to visit :)). It was very educational and a great experience. Basically, the way I live my faith is to just be a good person and participate.