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Hi I'm Kellen

I'm a Californian, Outdoor enthusiast, a potter, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from high school in 2014 and afterwards went to college for a little while. I found a passion for making pottery and other ceramic pieces. I've been working in clay for almost two years now and absolutely love it. I also enjoy riding my dirt bike, camping, hiking, and shooting. My family and I go out a few times a year to dry lake beds to ride and shoot. As a boy I played basketball for several years and even got on a travel team. When I got into high school I joined the marching band for a year. My senior year I was in the Link Crew for my school, which is a freshman mentoring program. At age 17 I completed my Eagle Scout rank by extracting some dead trees and planting over 25 bushes at a youth and family service facility. At age 18 I left family and school behind to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However I came back a month later due to a broken leg. I had to have surgery and have a titanium rod inserted into my left tibia. My family calls me all kinds of nicknames now, "Iron Man", "Man of Steel", and "Titanium". After 5 months of healing and recovery I decided to complete what I started and returned to the mission field. I am now serving as a full time missionary in the North Carolina, Charlotte Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I've gained a strong faith in Christ and His church. I have gained my faith in Christ by reading and studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and applying the principles they teach. I have fasted and prayed to know if this is the true church, and I invite all to do the same. If you study the scriptures, read the Book of Mormon, obey the commandments and apply what the missionaries teach you, you will increase exponentially in your faith in Christ. I know this is the true Church, and I want to follow God's path for me. God has blessed me so much and strengthened me throughout the years. I know he loves me and I know he sent His son to atone for the worlds sins. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet who restored the fullness of the gospel to the earth and that there are living prophets today. Because I know this I have chosen not only to be a member, but to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I do my best to help others when I see they need it. Whether it be hanging out and talking with them, or helping them with a school assignment, or helping with something physically laboring. I try to follow the Savior's example and I always try to remember Him in the back of my mind. In my congregation back home my bishop had extended several responsibilities to me over the years. Throughout my time in the youth program I served as a group leader for several years. After I was out of the youth program I was assigned to help others with their family history and genealogy. I also was extended the calling to work with the Scouts in our congregation. Now I serve full time by preaching the gospel to those in the North Carolina, Charlotte area. During my time as a missionary I have seen countless opportunities to serve, help, uplift and inspire people. I do my best to follow the two commandments Christ gave His disciples, love God, and love your neighbor.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kellen
LDS, or Mormon, Church services consist of a few different classes, and or, meetings. Anyone seeking to learn more about the church and its teachings are encouraged to attend. Services occur throughout a 3 hour time frame in which 3 different meetings occur. Sacrament meeting involves the entire congregation. During this time the congregation sings hymns, prays, listens to different talks about the gospel and its teachings, and takes the sacrament. During the Sunday School hour the congregation splits up into various age groups. Children younger than 12 attend primary, depending on how big the congregation is teens may be separated by age, typically between 12-14 and 15-18. Older members of the congregation have the opportunity to attend different classes. All these classes are based around the scriptures and their teachings. During the third hour the congregation splits up into Men and women, unless they are in primary, in which this third hour is "singing time". During this time men go to "Priesthood" where they learn how to keep worthy so that they may better bless the lives of their families and those they come in contact with. This is also the case with the women but their class is called "Relief Society". After meeting together the two groups then split up into various groups and the youth of the church attend either "young men" or "young women". All these classes are for the benefit of the individual. Show more Show less