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Hi I'm Hans

I'm a father, husband, & agent for good. I study how business can improve the world. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Wyoming and then South Dakota before moving to Las Vegas as a teenager. I studied civil engineering in my undergraduate and then worked in civil engineering in the boom times in Las Vegas. However, I found that I was not thinking about engineering all the time. Instead, I was thinking about how business could be used to help the poor. I had many experiences in childhood and later as a missionary in Nicaragua that seared into my heart an intense desire to help those that need help, but don't have opportunities. So I went back to school. I earned an MBA in International Management, and now am studying to get a PhD in business. I feel that part of my personal mission in life is to find better ways to help improve the world through business principles.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were baptized in their 20's before they married. I was born into the church. I realize that some of the claims of the church can seem fantastic and unbelievable. I have confronted some doubts about why God has commanded some things, and how specific parts of the gospel fit together. I do not have answers to all of these doubts. However, I can trace my steps back to points along my life's path in which I have felt clarity and peace related to the gospel. I remember these specific experiences, and I know that even though I do not have all of the answers, I have felt the Holy Ghost speak peace to my mind, and I know that I know the gospel is true. With that knowledge, I have acted on invitations to follow the Savior. And when I have acted, I have been blessed with clarity, peace, hope for the future, the ability to forgive, compassion, and love for others. So in a second way, by acting, I have experienced the fruits of living the gospel, and I never want to lose those feelings and blessings.

How I live my faith

I've served in a lot of ways. When I was first married, I was in charge of helping new members of the church. My wife was going to school, and I would watch our first son. He would cry unless I walked with him, so I would walk with him in a sling to visit the new members of the ward. He would fall asleep, and I felt that i could help these new members, many of whom were new to Las Vegas and struggling in many ways. Later, I helped to coordinate the men in our congregation to help others move their belongings from into or out of an apartment in our area. We lived in a transient area of Las Vegas, and I helped a family most every weekend. One of my favorite way of living my faith is by research my family history. I have become much closer to my grandmother since I started calling her every Sunday evening trying to compile a history of her life, and gather some of the story of how her family immigrated to America. This history is important to my family, but it's also important to her, as this is part of the legacy that she is leaving to us as her descendants.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I think that many people are looking for answers in their life. When they hear the gospel, the Holy Ghost speaks peace to their minds and hearts. They feel hope and peace. The restored gospel resolves questions that they had regarding the purpose of life and where we are going after this life. I think that we begin to feel that although we don't have all of the answers, we can gain those answers as they follow the gospel, and we will be supported along the way. Show more Show less