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Hi I'm Keith

I'm a Mormon "Convert" ...meaning, I didn't grow up as a member of the Church...I joined later, as a young adult.

About Me

Father of two awesome young men...I enjoy umpiring baseball and learning to play the banjo. Bluegrass is my favorite and eventually I want to be good enough to play church hymns on the banjo.

Why I am a Mormon

When I discovered the gospel, I felt I had finally found the answer to the questions that could never seem to be answered...things I was told that "we weren't suppose to understand in this life." I could never understand that and was never comfortable with that philosophy. The Spirit testified to me that the The Book of Mormon was true...and if The Book of Mormon was true...the story of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the First Vision had to be true. Bottom line...the Spirit confirmed the truthfulness of the gospel to me. My girlfriend and I were taught the Gospel by the "Sister" or female missionaries (Sisters Lisa Jensen from UT and Kimberly Baldwin from CA) in Franklin VA in 1986. We were baptized on Easter Sunday in 1986. My girlfriend and I were later married and then "sealed for time and all eternity" in the Atlanta GA Temple in August 1987.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am the Employment Specialist. I help job-seeking members and non-members of the church best utilize the tools and resources provided by the church, in an effort to help those who are seeking employment or merely seeking to improve their employment.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Keith
The short answer is...the missionary and his family are encouraged to, and will most often, pay the cost of the mission (two year mission for the young men who serve and eighteen month mission for the young women who serve). As the father of a young man who is currently serving a two year mission in California, I can tell you that, in his case, he worked, beginning in the summer before his junior year in high school, and saved the money himself to fund his own mission. We, his parents, would have certainly stepped in to assist him if necessary, however it was something he wanted to do himself. And he did. Other members, who have the means and the desire, may also make voluntary contributions to the Missionary funds of the church to help provide for those who desire to serve missions but who may not otherwise be able to afford it themselves. No one is compelled to make contributions. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Keith
My short answer is that people who call the Church a cult, don't understand what a cult is nor do they know enough about the Church. Also, I think it's because of the Prophet Joseph Smith and those who think we worship him. We don't worship the Prophet Joseph Smith. We worship Jesus Christ...plain and simple. We respect the Prophet Joseph for the instrument he was in the hands of God and for the sacrifices he and his family made, even the sacrifice of his very life, in the restoration the gospel to the earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Keith
To live our mortal lives in a manner that will allow us to return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Keith
The power to act in the name of God here on the earth. It is conferred by the laying on of hands by one who holds the priesthood. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Keith
We dress pretty much like most, in that, we are encouraged to wear our best. Men will generally wear suits and ties with white shirts. Women wear modest dresses. We celebrate most of the same religious holidays as other Christians...namely, Easter and Christmas. Show more Show less