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Hi I'm Raymond Kuehne

I was born in New York City, grew up in Salt Lake City, pursued a career mostly in Maryland, and now live in St. George, Utah.

About Me

The LDS church is the center of my life, together with my wife, two children, and four grandchildren. I love to discuss church doctrine, genealogy, history, and politics. I also write a monthly column for a newspaper in which I mostly pursue the latter two categories. As a young man, I served a mission in Germany, graduated from the University of Utah with a major in history, and undertook post-graduate work in Virginia and Germany. Following a career with the federal government, my wife and I served as missionaries in Germany. It was during that second mission that I began a personal project to research the history of the church in communist East Germany, a project that eventually culminated in a documentary history published first in German and then in English, followed by a biography of the man who led the church in that country. Today, I love to travel and to garden. The latter produces some vegetables and fruit plus a lot of weeds and bugs.

Why I am a Mormon

I am thankful to have been born to LDS parents, whose own parents had joined the church in Germany. Otherwise, I don't know how or when I would have been introduced to the church. However, I have remained a member of the church because of the personal witnesses that I have received of its divine restoration via the prophet Joseph Smith, and of the truthfulness of its doctrines and teachings. That personal witness began in my parents' home and grew through personal study, prayer, and practice. I remember once as a young missionary, while encouraging others to seek their own testimony, that I asked myself if, how, or when I had actually obtained a personal testimony, since I could not identify a specific time or event in which that took place. I went to my Heavenly Father in prayer, and received a very strong and direct answer: "My son, you have already received that witness, and you know it to be true, although it came to you gradually, in increasing strength, over time." The answer was given firmly but kindly, without any form of rebuke, and as confirmation of a gradual process during my younger years. I am glad that I asked in honest and sincere prayer, because the resultant answer was very reassuring to me then and remains so today.

How I live my faith

It may be better to say that I "practice" my faith, since "living" it implies a skill not fully achieved. I have taught adult Sunday School classes for many years, regularly visit and assist members, and carry out priesthood and administrative assignments that help me to better appreciate the Savior's teachings by trying to apply them in my interactions with all of Heavenly Father's children.