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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a husband, father, a technology, and a math/science geek. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father, an IT architect, and a PhD candidate. I spend a lot of time supporting my kids' involvement in soccer, the math/science team, Cub Scouts, drama/choir, etc. I was raised on the North Coast of America, less than a quarter mile from Lake Erie, in a small lakeside suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, famous for a certain murder case in the 1950s and near an ill-fated British expeditionary landing site. I went to college in the land of my ancestors, Utah, but I left twice, first to do missionary work in Southern Chile and again for an year-long internship in North Texas. My wife and I eventually graduated and made our way back to North Texas, where we live with our three native Texan children, and where I picked up a Master's degree and hopefully soon, a PhD. I've worked for a bunch of companies in a variety of systems engineering and systems architect roles. It's pretty likely that I've done work for a company you've bought something from or have done business with. My academic research interests focus around the nexus of data mining, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence. I get a kick out of algorithmic analysis. In my idle moments, I plan road trips for my family filled with random adventures. We love discovering little towns in rural Texas - we always find the diner with the chicken fried steak or the authentic barbecue. In my spare time, I root for professional sports teams from Cleveland and Dallas, as well as the Ohio State Buckeyes, Texas Longhorns, and TCU Horned Frogs. 

Why I am a Mormon

The Church provides me with a unique perspective on life and learning. I know that I am a child of God, that He loves me, that he hears my prayers and is intimately aware of my life and challenges. 

How I live my faith

In my spare time, I serve my local congregation by serving in the Cub Scouts and by taking care of records -- both mundane details like phone numbers, addresses, and emails, and more significant events such as baptisms and other important acts. I've always considered how you serve your fellow men as the most important way you demonstrate your love for God. It doesn't matter *what* you do as long as you serve Him. 

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Kevin
It's a lengthy official title, to be sure -- "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". We've been called Mormons almost since the beginning because of our belief in The Book of Mormon, a book of scripture translated by Joseph Smith.  Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kevin
Officially, no. But in the United States, many members favor the Republican Party. That's partly out of demographics, partly out of the Church's stances on abortion and gay marriage, partly out of the fact a future prophet was once a cabinet secretary in the Eisenhower administration, and partly out of the fact that radio host Glenn Beck and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney are LDS. But do not dismay if you are not Republican. Plenty of Church members and leaders are or have been Democrats and they are proud about their affiliation. Outside the United States, Saints in many countries would be called "liberals" if they lived in America. You'll never see a Church official at a political event in an official capacity, although the Church will take an interest in issues it considers important to its mission. There's plenty of room for Independents, like me, in the Church.  Show more Show less