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Hi I'm Kevan

I'm a husband, father, scientist and engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a beautiful, supportive wife, and we are parents of six, amazing children. I love to be outdoors to enjoy all that the Creator has made - hiking, camping, skiing, biking, and sometimes even jogging. I enjoy ballroom dancing with my wife, having tickling fights with my children, and sitting down with a good book. I love music, and have played the drums since I was 10 years-old. I received a bachelor's degree in physics, a doctorate degree in nuclear science and engineering, and love to do research. I really enjoy exploring how this world works, and creating things to help better the human experience.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon, a singular experience has defined my personal testimony of Jesus Christ and His church. When I was 11 years-old, I had a Sunday School teacher that helped our class to recognize the whisperings of the spirit of the Lord. One particular lesson touched my heart like never before, and I knew with a certainty that Jesus was, and is, the very Son of God, my Savior and Redeemer. I realized that living prophets still walked the earth and testified of the divinity of Christ, and that the Book of Mormon also testifies of it. From that moment on, I knew that I needed to follow what was true. Although my life has been far from perfect, there were other defining moments that have kept me focused on the truth. After I graduated from high school, and while other friends were busy attending college or the university, I was able to volunteer and serve as a missionary for the church. I served for two years in the wonderful country of Peru. My mission served as another anchoring point in my faith. I find it interesting that my secular training has actually brought me closer to God. Most think that scientists and engineers are, at best, agnostic, or even atheistic. However, the more I explore the world through my travels, or through experiments and analysis, the more I realize its beauty, order, and complexity are the work of a Creator. In fact, the more I learn, the more I realize what I don't know, and the more I rely on His inspiration and words to help me understand my place in His universe. Science sometimes has to infer the existence of a substance or particle through indirect observation. I believe revelation and testimony can be observed the same way, where the indirect observance can be seen through acts of service and kindness.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by serving others, and by treating others with kindness and respect. I regularly attend my church meetings, and I visit our temple on a regular basis. I have taught Sunday school classes to children, teenagers, and adults. I have even taught an early morning religion class (5 days a week) to high school students during the school year. I have had the opportunity to serve in leadership positions in the church, from overseeing the Sunday school program in a local church unit, to serving as the ecclesiastical leader for a local church unit. I have helped move furniture and other household items for those moving into, or out of, the area. I have volunteered for community projects under church auspices, including the beautification of parks and trails in our area. I regularly visit a few families in our church organization to tend to their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. The most amazing thing to me is that my story in not unique among church members. All members of the church do these things without monetary compensation or thought of worldly praise. We do it because it we are trying to follow the example the Savior set – to love our fellow men.