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Hi I'm Kris

I'm a husband, a grandfather, a lover of music, sports, and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Northern California was great. It gave me a keen interest in people, places, nature, and sports. I learned to love the bustle of a big city, but also the tranquility of the country. Drives to the coast, trips to The City, and many family gatherings were all part of my upbringing. I learned to love most all sports as a youngster, something that has stuck with me to this day. My competitive juices start to flow whenever a ball appears... volleyball, basketball, baseball, football, ping pong, bowling, and golf! I enjoy them all. I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, biking, and camping. Utah offers everything to satisfy this desire. I also enjoy theater, particularly musicals. I've been involved in a couple of community theater productions... CATS and 1776. Over the years I've learned to hold my own when it comes to singing and I will frequently sing at church, parties, or family gatherings. I'm married to a wonderful woman, have four daughters, one step daughter, one son, and three step sons. At the time of our marriage we had seven teenagers in the house... and we survived! Whew! When my wife and I aren't involved with the family we are actively involved in the church and community. Professionally I'm a Sales Manager in the printing business serving large corporate customers. Previously I spent over 20 years peddling various 'fun foods' such as Fritos and Cheetos, Haagen Dazs and Ben & Jerry's, and Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke. 

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon gives my life a purpose and encourages me to be a better man. I am so grateful for this. Life is hard at times, in fact most of the time. We struggle to learn in school, to get along with others, to make our way in life. We get sick, loved ones die, and tragedies occur all around us. We work to acquire material success, yet struggle to maintain it all. To me being a Mormon helps to put life and all of its experiences into perspective. Knowing God is real and that He loves all of us gives me hope and comfort. Knowing there is a purpose to this life helps me to see the good, the beautiful things all around me, and it encourages me to be a light to others and to help lift their burdens. And, being a Mormon has given me the blessing of being lifted myself so many times by others who believe as I do. Being a Mormon has taught me that all people are our brothers and sisters, that we are all sons and daughters of God. It has given me comfort in the face of death, trial, and tragedy knowing that this life is the time for us to prepare for the next and that life goes on eternally. I believe that I will be with my loved ones in the hereafter because of Jesus Christ and His resurrection and atonement for our sins.

How I live my faith

I like to think of myself as a pretty normal person. Living as a Mormon is not as strange as it's sometimes portrayed in our society. I like to go out to dinner with friends, work out at the gym, play sports, sing and dance, go to the movies, drink a soda, be with my family, travel to vacation spots, and many other things that most people do. As a Mormon I also believe I am a Christian, in that I try to follow the teachings of Christ. Being honest, treating others as I would want to be treated, praying, working hard... these are characteristics that I, like others trying to live a Christian life, am seeking to have in my life. That is what I am trying to be. In my ward (local church group) I have worked with 12-13 year old boys. I have been a teacher of a weekly Sunday class, an assistant Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, and been on many hikes, campouts, and week-night activities with these boys. It has been a highlight of my life. I've learned to love these boys and have had some great adventures with them. I'm also involved as a Home Teacher to two families in my ward. In the Mormon church Home Teachers make a point to visit the families at least once a month, help them where needed, and encourage and support the family as much as they can. I also have a Home Teacher who keeps an eye out for my family and me. What an amazingly simple and powerful tool to help one another!