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Hi I'm Kevin Self

I spent my youth in Northern Arizona. In high school, I was a bit of a Renaissance Man. I'm a mormon.

About Me

The youngest member of my family, I was born in the Phoenix, Arizona area and moved further north when my dad retired from being a police officer due to leg and back injuries. He took up ranching at my uncle's ranch and raised the rest of us boys to love to the outdoors, cows, horses, mud and dirt. My mother was a music teacher for 3rd through 5th graders and taught all her children to love music almost as much as she did. Growing up I loved spending time with my siblings. Wrestling, making movies, exploring the outside, and playing games on our family's Nintendo 64 were some of our favorite pastimes. In school, I didn't become very interested in sports until high school, but I was very involved in band, choir, and theater, and I loved to read. When I did reach high school, I became more familiar with football and wrestling, but deep down, my heart always belonged to the stage. After all, choir scholarships are what paid for my first year at college! I decided to attend at least one year of college before going on my mission in order to wait for my brother who was finishing a mission in Peru. While there I had a total blast, meeting new people, singing in choir, and playing in a sweet jazz ensemble! (I played trombone) Now, I'm just counting down the days until I take of on my own mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. We went to church every Sunday for three hours, read scriptures before school, and had family home evening every Monday night. I never knew life outside the church but I never felt the need to experience it. I was the youngest in my family and I learned pretty early on that it was much better to learn from others mistakes than my own. It ended up being a lot less painful. So, although I often took my easy life for granted, I was able to see at times how much it had blessed me and helped me to live with my high standards. I always wanted to push myself because I knew that this was a gospel of change. And no matter who it touches, this gospel will always change for the better. At first it may hurt and you don't see a whole lot of progress but in a year, you can see the light of Christ shine from any converts eyes. No, it's not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and effort. But it is all worth it. My lifetime is nothing compared to eternity, and I want to as many people as possible to be prepared for it.

How I live my faith

In the past, I have been the leader of my ward's 12-13 year old boys, the 14-15 year old boys, and the 16-18 year old boys. I did my best to make sure my peers all felt welcome and included at our various meetings. Often, we would go camping together, cook meals at the church, or play competitive sports. I also made sure to make assignments in advance to make sure the religious services on Sunday would run smoothly. At college a neighbor and I were assigned a house to visit once a month and make sure everything was all right over there. I was able to give a few blessings to them and others to give them strength and comfort. I found any opportunity I could to serve my fellow man, whether they were members or not. Now, I am making final preparations to spend two years serving the Lord on my mission. I won't be able to visit my family, hang out with friends, watch movies, or even go swimming for two years! But I know that there will be many opportunities to grow and help others come to know and love Christ, so I will be trying my hardest to lose myself in the work!