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Hi I'm Jeff Kinard

I've been a Mormon my whole life, I'm an athletic trainer, have 3 kids and a wonderful wife and can't imagine life any other way!

About Me

I grew up in Utah and was very active in church and school. I look back on my childhood as ideal and wish my kids could have it as good as I did. I played sports, worked, enjoyed great friends, neighbors, mentors, teachers, and coaches. I served a mission to southern Spain (Andalucía) and realize more with each passing year how great my fortune was to be called to serve there. I returned from Spain to study sport medicine at Brigham Young University and graduated in 4 years with great experiences and memories, but still single (a relatively rare thing, haha). I worked for a while and then went back to get a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Utah. I reconnected with a friend from school and we got married when I was 28. We moved to Alabama and have been here ever since as I work as the head athletic trainer at the local university. We have 3 wonderful kids who are succeeding in all they put their heart into trying and we love to expose them to all kinds of activities to try, from opera to hockey, water skiing to welding...our faith and membership in the church is so much of what we are and how we live our life. It is our rudder, keel, and sail providing us with direction, power, and stability through all of life's ups and downs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a very active Mormon home and consider that a great blessing. I recognized all through even my very young years the presence of the Holy Ghost in my life and worship with my family. As I learned and studies the doctrines taught by the church I accepted them readily because the Spirit was always felt in conjunction with the teachings and also because I found them to be completely logical. I have never found true doctrine and true science to be contradictory, in fact I find the opposite to be true and my faith is strengthened by science and logical reason as my understanding of the body and science are enlightened by doctrine and spirituality. As for many Mormons, my mission was a refiners fire, an incredible blessing and challenge where I was able to so fully focus on the church's teachings and to also be exposed to so very, very many other peoples beliefs and to confront the great questions of religion. In each experience, my testimony of the truthfulness of the church was strengthened and I have grown in faith and understanding with each challenge or question presented. I love talking with others about life and religion and I enjoy how I feel and how it can help others to feel, if they will simply be open and sincere. I know that the teachings of Jesus Christ as presented by the Mormon's are 1) more complete than any other source and 2) will give men and women peace and happiness in this life and untold blessings in the afterlife. I do not mean to say that faithful members are not ever sad, sick, discouraged, tempted, or suffer...but that through those difficult times the power of Christ's gospel lifts, supports, and sustains like no force nor influence I have ever seen. It is a blessing, and I wish it upon the whole of humanity. It isn't easy and it requires self-discipline, but I know the end results are totally worth it.

How I live my faith

Most of my service in the church has been in one form or another as a teacher or instructor. I've taught teenagers and adults, basic topics and gospel doctrine. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to work in the temple in assisting those members who attended. Our home is centered in Christ and his teachings, we endeavor to do all we believe he asks of us and we pray together and individually throughout each day, study the gospel each day, work to be our very best in all we do and hope to bring with us the comfort and influence of the Holy Ghost in all our work and play. I try to find ways to serve and help anytime I can, usually frustrated there just aren't enough hours in each day to do and help as much as I would like. I feel that serving others is a protection from evil, a distraction from pain, worry, or self-pity, and a constant source of happiness and peace. I try to be self-sufficient and to be able to give more than I receive. I know the Lord has blessed me greatly and I know he will bless all who draw near to him sincerely and join in doing His work.