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Hi I'm Ken

I grew up in California. I'm a divorced father of two and a full-time student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California. I met and married my wife when I was 24 years old. We had two beautiful daughters together before divorcing. Since then I have not remarried but have re-entered school full time so I can finally earn a college degree. My daughters live out of state with and near their mother. Hobbies I have include photography and star gazing. I have a fascination with natural disasters and extreme forces of nature. I enjoy road trips and visiting historical places. I do a lot of research into my family's history and love attending family gatherings.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in the church, I had to find my own beliefs. As I reached the darkest point of my life, sitting on my bed in a half-way house, I prayed for my own revelation whether God was real or not. My answer came, "If you don't already believe, then why are you praying to Me?" I realized then that I had a testimony. After some time had passed I found myself dwelling on the Atonement and my own sins. I became overwhelmed with guilt. I prayed again, asking God how many drops of blood the Savior shed for me. I don't know why I asked, I knew a specific number was out of the question. But another answer came to me just as before. "As many as you need." This was confirmation to me that my Savior did in fact know me and Atoned for me. It told me that I didn't need to worry about what I've done, but that the Savior atoned for me completely so that my soul could one day be redeemed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church I have found the teaches not only that God still reveals Himself to man today, but that He reveals Himself to each individual person if they ask. He does not speak only to prophets. This affirms to me that He knows and loves EACH of us. Individually. He has a personal interest in all of us. This is why I chose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I attend church every week with my local congregation. I don't have any current responsibilities but I enjoy recording the minutes of meetings. In the past I have worked with the Boy Scout troops sponsored by local congregations and have served as a teacher for Sunday School.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Ken
Our Father in Heaven is a loving Father who wants ALL of His children to return to Him. The Savior was baptized to fulfill righteousness, which means we need to do so also. Without baptism, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. But what of those who have died without hearing the Gospel or having the opportunity of baptism by those having proper authority? God, being a just and merciful God, has restored the keys that allow us to be baptized for those who did not have the opportunity. Many think it is preposterous that people can be baptized by proxy. My reply is, if it is impossible or against God's Will for work to be done vicariously for others, then how was the Savior able to suffer the Atonement vicariously for us? The answer may be, "because He is God and He can do pretty much what He wants." My answer to that is, "if that's the case, then why would He not prescribe a way for those who could not be baptized, to be baptized?" A merciful God would not allow His children to be condemned because of something they had no control over. They may ask, "but what if they don't want to be a Mormon?" My answer is, baptizing for the deceased does not make the deceased "Mormons." It simply performs an ordinance that needs to be done for them. God has also blessed us with agency. Just as we can choose to accept or refuse the Savior's Atonement for us, those who are deceased can choose whether or not they want to accept the baptism performed on their behalf. Show more Show less