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Hi I'm Kenny

I'm a music lover, an avid movie-quoter, and I thrive on sarcasm. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated high school in 2009, went to college in Utah for three semesters for Mechanical Engineering, and left everything behind to serve the Lord as a full-time missionary in the Utica New York Mission. I love to be in the outdoors, whether it's just laying on the grass looking at the sky or climbing another peak. I love to hike especially in fresh snow...weird huh? I also love to cycle, listen to all kinds of music, do random, spontaneous things, and just hang out and talk with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly, I was born in the church and haven't left it since. But I am still active in the Church because I chose to be, short and simple. I saw that nothing could bring me greater happiness, now or in the long run. Nothing can bring more joy and peace than living the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "Men are that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). This is how to find happiness: Be with your family and friends, do good to your fellow men, lift those with heavy burdens, read, ponder, and pray about the truth taught in the scriptures, attend church and partake of His sacrament, live a wholesome life, abstain from poisonous alcohol and drugs, and ultimately "rely wholly upon the merits of Him who is mighty to save." (2 Nephi 31:19) I owe a lot, nay, everything I am to those who were there for me when times got hard. Sometimes God places others in our way to help us move forward when we cannot see the path in front of us. If it weren't for the friends and family I have, I don't know where I would be. I have a huge testimony of keeping good friends and making sure those around you will help you make the best decisions. You can't forget your family; when everything seems to be crashing down around you , a good family is always waiting there to take you in when you need them most.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I devote all of my "time, talents, and interests" to teaching people the same principles that brought me happiness in this life and assure me salvation in the life to come. We eat, sleep, and breathe missionary work. Indeed it is tough at times to preach and teach His word 7 days a week, but that's the best part: when you work for the Lord and do His work, He will always support you in your trials. Although it can be tough, it is the most rewarding work a 19/20/21 year old young man or woman can perform. I will serve in upstate New York for two years before I return home and resume "normal" life (as normal as life can be for a return missionary in college) and probably fulfill many service opportunities (callings) in the Church throughout the remainder of my life.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Kenny
Simple! Go to Mormon.org and click on the link "Missionary Request" to find some missionaries who are prepared for whatever questions you have, or click on "Chat Online" to speak with a Mormon through a chat interface. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Kenny
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is amazing. Simply put, Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be resurrected and perfected. He overcame the powers of death so that we can live again after this life, and He personally paid the price for the sins of everyone that had ever lived or who would ever live. How He did it, no mortal can know. Why He did it, every mortal should know. Jesus Christ performed his perfect Atonement because He loves us and wants us to live with Heavenly Father again. A great explanation of why it was necessary for Jesus Christ to perform this perfect Atonement, including the voluntary sacrifice of His own life, is found in Alma Chapter 34 verses 8-16 in the Book of Mormon. In order to experience the cleansing, healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we need to live His Gospel. The power of the Atonement is the medicine to be healed with, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the prescription needed to apply this medicine. As we allow our will to be swallowed up in God's will and do better to live the principles of the Gospel, we will experience the healing, purifying, exalting power of the Atonement. Every time. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Kenny
CS Lewis puts it quite well when he spoke on the argument of grace vs. works "It does seem to me like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary." The Grace of God is the only power by which we are brought above anything that a human can accomplish on his or her own, there is no doubt about that. But if we want this grace to apply to our eternal salvation, it's going to require some works. Brad Wilcox demonstrated the principle very well when he compared it to a mother buying piano lessons for her son. Christ paid for our salvation, but we can only improve using his grace (the already purchased piano lessons) if we "practice" (try our best to become better, and use that grace to repent and continue moving on when we make mistakes). Grace is wasted if we do not use it to change ourselves. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works show me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works" - James 2 verses 17-18. In other words, I will show you that I am using those piano lessons by playing you a symphony. Or in real terms, by showing you the kind of Christ-like person I have become because I used His grace. Show more Show less