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Hi I'm Ken Stevens

I'm a Mormon, a convert to the church. I have a inquisitive mind and want to know how things work. I like meeting people.

About Me

I am family man who loves all of his children and grandchildren. I spend a lot of time with my grand children going to the park, and other activities. I am a trained electrical engineer and also an inquisitive engineer by nature. I like solving problems and puzzles and particularly can solve the Rubix's Cube in under five minutes. I have worked in the computer industry for most of my adult career and then the last eight years have been involved in data acquisition for bridges and other geo-technical structures. It is exciting to monitor a bridge and verify that it works as design and that it is a safe structure for the general public. Although it can be scary, it is exhilarating to climb on a bridges substructure and mount various sensors to determine the dynamic characteristics for the bridge while experiencing the bridge dynamics as a train or vehicle crosses over. By nature I'm an adventurous person who likes to see and do new things. As a young person my friends and I would break off large sections of winter river ice and ride/float them down the river and through the various rapids always hoping that we would get to shore before the ice melts we get soak. Watching and participating in sports is one of my favorite things to do. I thoroughly enjoyed playing baseball, bowling and golf when growing up and still find time to play golf. Traveling is one of my hobbies and have been to every state in the contiguous United States with Hawaii and Alaska on my bucket list.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this is the Lord's true church and I gained my testimony through reading the Book of Mormon and applying the challenge in Moroni 10:4-5. The challenge is to pray about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. When I did this, I received an overwelming feeling of peace and joy in my heart and mind. I am a better person by living the precepts of the gospel and being obedient to His commandments. We came into contact with members of the church the Holy Ghost caused me to have feelings that I had not experience before. When we first moved into the Triad apartments at Utah State University we met several Mormons who became our friends and neighbors. Their example taught us about the Church and what it met to them. We started taking the missionary lessons and had many questions. My wife and I wanted a common religion for our family as she grew up Catholic and I was a Methodist; we were married in the Lutheran Church. We were studying the Lutheran Church precepts when we started learning about the Mormon Church. The missioanries had asked us to read the Book of Mormon and shortly thereafter I was reading in 2 Nephi 28:7-9 "...shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God-he will justify in committing a little sin: yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor, ... and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if we are found guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God". Now this is not the gospel of Jesus Christ but it was the philosophy that my family and my friends family had lived by when I was growing up. Even my coaches lived by this philosophy. I was awestruck I finish reading the Book of Mormon and I knew this book was scripture and when I prayed about it I got the confirmation I was looking for. Since being baptized I have never doubted the church and have worked hard to magnify my callings.

How I live my faith

Since joining the church many years ago, I have strived to grow and live the commandments as defined in the Bible and Book of Mormon. The teachings of the church have brought me much joy and satisfaction through callings and personal service. I have been called many times as a leader in the church having served as a bishop, councilor in the bishopric, councilor in full-time mission presidency, secretary and teacher in various quorums, quorum presidency. I am a faithful home teacher who very seldom misses his monthly visit to a family. I have served as ward mission leader several times, Stake Mission President twice and have help many people rekindle their testimony and return to activity in the church. I have help bring new converts into the church. This is an emotional and joyous experience and each time has strengthen my testimony. My goal is that everyone would take the challenge and read the Book of Mormon and pray about it for themselves. Reading the Book of Mormon changed my life for the better and is where I found my testimony; that this was the Lord's church and that he has need of me to help him spread the gospel to all of his children. I enjoy teaching in the church and especially teaching others about the 'Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.' Because my wife also loves the Lord dearly, we are getting ready to serve an eighteen month mission. This will allow us to serve the Lord each day in helping to bring souls to Christ. This is the work of our Father in Heaven, "... to bring to pass the eternal life and exaltation of man", Moses 1:39.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Ken Stevens
The reason we do baptisms for the dead is to provide the saving ordinances for our ancestors. They did not have the opportunity to hear about the gospel before they died. We can perform these ordinances vicariously. We will lived the Patriarchal Order in Heaven and that means that we have to be linked as an eternal family; therefore proxy baptisms and marriages is essential Show more Show less