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Hi I'm Ken Miles

I am a musician, a truck driver, a hunter and fisherman, and...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been and done many things over the years. I began playing the drums when I was in the 4th grade, and continued through my college years, adding many other percussion instruments along the way. I played in drum & bugle corps, marching bands, concert and symphonic bands, and jazz and rock bands. I'm still active in music, but it's now limited to singing, and playing around with some arranging and a (very) little composing. I have had many different jobs, including taxi driver, carpenters helper, delivery driver, electronics technician, computer programmer, computer systems analyst, and now I'm a truck driver. I served a mission for the Mormon church in Japan from 1969 to 1971,and still retain a little ability in the language. I was married in 1972; went back to school for a year; then joined the US Navy in 1973. My first three children were born while I was in the Navy - one boy and two girls. My second son was born shortly after I was discharged in 1977. My oldest daughter and second son were both born deaf, so I learned sign language along with them (Manual English, but not ASL). My first wife and I were divorced in 1980. I met my current wife a short time later, and we were married in 1982. We have one son. I enjoy target shooting and hunting, and am a member of the NRA and the NAHC. My wife and I enjoy camping, and take an occasional road trip.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon in part because my parents were members of the church, and that is the way I was brought up. But I believe there comes a time in everyone's life when they must decide for themselves which path they will follow. I have made some serious mistakes in the past, and one of those cost me my membership in the church. It was an obvious time to make that decision. It would have been the "perfect opportunity" to simply walk away. But I didn't. Instead, I did some serious soul-searching. I read the entire Bible, and the entire Book of Mormon. I prayed more often, more intently, and more humbly than ever before. I soon developed a closer relationship with my Heavenly Father and with my Savior than I had ever imagined possible. I came to know in a very personal way of their love for me and their desire to help me become more like them. In due time, I was able to be re-admitted into the church. I'm grateful to be able to say that with the love and help of my Father in Heaven and His Son, I have been able to make continual progress since that time. I know for myself that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ also lives; that He willingly suffered and died on the cross so that we might have the opportunity to live with Him again, if we will acknowledge and repent of our sins and follow Him. I know that they love each and every one of us - regardless of what we may think of ourselves. We are unique and special to them. The "Mormon" Church provides me with an unchanging guidepost for my life. The ideas of society, and even of some churches, seem to be ever changing. But, although the particular programs by which the church helps its members learn and live the gospel will change, the doctrines and principles taught remain constant. That is a great comfort in today's world! I am thankful to be able to say that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different position in the church over the years. I have been a choir director, a congregational music director, a youth Sunday School teacher, a Cub Scout Cub-master, a Cub Scout Day Camp director, and a Boy Scout leader. I have taught Sunday School classes to adults, as well as special classes designed to help them learn about and prepare to attend the temple. I have been a worker in the Seattle temple. I have served in various leadership positions, and am currently an assistant to the leader of one of our ward's priesthood groups. It's fair to say that I have held one position or another since I was in my early twenties - something that is not uncommon in our church. Everyone has the opportunity to help in some way! I enjoy my opportunities to serve - some because I simply enjoy what I'm doing (i.e. music positions), and some because they give me the opportunity stretch myself and learn new skills (most every other position!).