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Hi I'm Kent

I'm a Mormon. I'm married and have three children and am a graphic designer/artist.

About Me

Hi, I'm Kent and have been a Mormon all my life. I'm a father of 3 grown children and been married to my best friend for over 25 years now. I'm a graphic designer and love to design create stuff on the computer and to draw. Although I was born into the church, I've discovered over the years that I couldn't rely just on the testimony of others, that I needed to know for myself that the Church is true. That knowledge and testimony didn't come in a single instant, but has grown slowly over time. Though it is a lot of work to be a Latter-day Saint, there is peace is church attendance and service. It brings meaning and hope to life. I am blessed in so many ways and can see the hand of God in my life and am proud and happy to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, so it's what I grew up with, but it's more than just that. I think that each member of the Church needs to search and discover the truth of what we're taught, through reading, studying and praying, but also through action. You don't just believe because someone told you to. You have a personal opportunity to find out for yourself. It's through living the principles of the Gospel that you see the fruits of those beliefs. For example, by having faith that you'll be blessed by paying your tithing, if you do that, you can see the blessings the Lord gives you for being obedient to that commandment.

How I live my faith

In my ward I'm currently serving as the second counselor in the Bishopric, so in that responsibility there are many extra meetings I attend and oversee the needs of the members of various groups in our ward. Sometimes that means visiting other members in their homes, or making assignments, such as asking other members to take on responsibilities or speak in church. t's hard to sometimes keep up with the demands on my time and juggle them with the many other tasks I have to do in a day, and I don't always adequately accomplish everything I would like to, but I am happy to serve in my calling and to attend church. It brings power and rejuvenates my "spiritual batteries" each week, to help me face the challenges of life.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Kent
We believe that there are certain saving ordinances, such as baptism that are requirements each of us must have to be able to return and live in eternal glory with our Heavenly Father. These need to be done with the proper authority. There are millions of people who have lived and died who haven't had the chance to receive these saving ordinances and so we do these things for them, by proxy, in our temples. They have the opportunity in the next life as to whether they accept those ordinances or not. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kent
That's really an easy question, because there is a way to know. Read the Book of Mormon and with an open, sincere heart, with a true desire to be open to the answer, ask God, in prayer to confirm the truth of it. People experience that answer in different ways, some immediately, others over time, but the answer will come. So much has been written of Joseph Smith and there are so many theories of how he could have fabricated the Book of Mormon, or copied it from some other work or whatever, but it boils down to this: either he was telling the truth and he did receive the golden plates from an angel and translated them by the power and gift of God, or else he was lying. And as fantastical as that story may seem in our day and age, open your mind to that possibility and what that would mean. The answer is worth finding out for yourself. Show more Show less