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Hi I'm Ken

I'm a husband, father and grandfather. I water ski on a bar stool. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a retired mechanical engineer. I spent 35 years working in national defense, striving to ensure our safety and that of others around the world. I've been married for 41 years and have been blessed with a wonderful wife and four children. We now enjoy a growing posterity that includes 15 grandchildren. I love doing outdoor activities, including water skiing, snow skiing, backpacking, camping, hiking, and bicycling, though I have difficulty finding time to do these as often as I'd like. I've been in California for the past 55 years, except for a few years to study at Brigham Young University, and two years to serve as a missionary in South America.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the good fortune of being born into a family where the teachings of the Savior and the restored church of Jesus Christ were understood and practiced. I knew that my parents had testimonies of the church and its teachings, as I witnessed how they lived their lives and served others. As I grew older and matured, I began to seek my own knowledge for myself. By reading the Book of Mormon and seeking through sincere prayer to know if it was true, I did gain my own testimony of its truthfulness. Knowing that the Savior has restored His church in its fullness is an important truth that came to me by the promised whisperings of the Holy Spirit. As I have spent the past four-plus decades since gaining my own personal testimony, I see the blessings, peace and joy that have come. Following the commandments and striving to adhere to the teachings and practices of the church have brought security, peace and meaning into my life and the lives of my family members. Knowing the purpose of life, and the purpose and plan for our existence before and after this life, are crucial to have personal peace. When our daughter died of cancer at age 34, the knowledge of the eternal plan, and of families that are united also in the next life, brought me tremendous peace at a difficult time. The ability to have the Savior carry and lighten your burdens is real. I know that the Book of Mormon is inspired scripture, that Christ's church of ancient times has been restored in its fullness, and that today there is a living prophet, just as there was in biblical times. This knowledge comes not by academic analysis, but by the witnessing power of the Holy Spirit, the only sure and indisputable way to know.

How I live my faith

I currently work with a group of young Boy Scouts, teaching them the basis skills of Scouting. I have had the opportunity to spend many years serving the youth of our church, teaching them about the love of our Savior, helping them to become responsible adults, and participating in a variety of activities, both large and small. For about twenty years, I've had the opportunity to spend a week in the Sierra Nevada mountains with a large group of young women, ages 12-18. We learn together, play together, and backpack together. They energize and inspire me, and give me confidence in the goodness and ability of the rising generation. For more than five years, I had the opportunity to be the lay leader (bishop) over our local congregation. Though it was very demanding and time-consuming, it was a great blessing and opportunity to serve those good people. That was followed by nearly nine years of teaching leadership principles and overseeing the functions of various organizations within our local congregations. This too was very time-consuming, but very rewarding, since service to others constitutes service to God. As a young man, I spent two years as a missionary sharing gospel truths among the people of Bolivia.