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Hi I'm Kyle

I was born in Utah, raised in Oklahoma. I'm a Sooner. I'm a Landman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, UT. Like many members of the LDS church my family ties go back there. However, at a very young age my family moved to Oklahoma. That is where I was raised and I consider myself an Okie to the core. I love Oklahoma and consider it a great blessing that I was able to be raised in the family friendly environment that exists there. As a young person I developed a great love of visual art, sports, and music all of which remain passions. I was raised in a beautiful family of four, with a mother and father who loved me and sacrificed for their children. I have a wonderful sister who has become, and will always remain, one of my most important life companions. At nineteen I served a mission back to Utah, of all places. I consider my service as a full-time missionary to be foundational to all other blessings in my life. When I returned home I attended college where I studied business with a focus on the energy industry. For the past four years I have worked full-time in oil and gas as a Landman. At the age of 29 I finally met my sweetheart Emily. We were married in September of 2010. I will bless God's name forever for that blessing. Since the first week we met our greatest joy has been to share life together. She is the most important part of my life and my commitment to her precedes all other interests and endeavors. I have seen the Lord's hand work in my life and I am truly grateful for the blessed life that I have.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's very much a part of who I am. My family tradition is tied to the church for more than five generations on both my mother's and father's sides. That has a great deal to do with why I am a Mormon and why I feel right at home in the church. But the church is more than a tradition to me. I believe in the church. I believe in the teachings that are emphasized by the church today. Family, commitment to God, responsibility to community. I believe that these concepts are fundamental to personal happiness and to the longevity and progress of society. I believe in the principle of modern day revelation which is a central tenet of the Mormon faith. God speaks to his children on Earth today through living prophets and Apostles. In my mind this teaching sets the Mormon church apart from other Christian faiths. In conjunction with revelation through prophets and Apostles the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints excels in its instruction to its members to take responsibility for their spiritual well being. Apostles and prophets teach us God's word, but it is through our own efforts that we develop our beliefs and grow closer to our Heavenly Father. I believe the church is a tremendous force in helping its members grow their spiritual lives. It teaches its members to sacrifice of their time and means for the benefit of others. What better way to bring people closer to Christ than to invite them to serve as He does? Most importantly the church is founded on Jesus Christ. I believe in Christ. I believe He is the Savior of all. I believe in His role as the Great Mediator for mankind. Through His perfection and infinite understanding we can all be reconciled to each other and most importantly to God the Father. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Latter-day Saints contains His gospel. It is that belief above all others that keeps me committed to the church.

How I live my faith

Living my faith to me means patterning my life after that of Jesus Christ's. That's a tall order. But despite my imperfections, as a Christian He must necessarily be the standard of behavior for my life. This requires that I know who He is and what He asks of me. I seek understanding of His life through daily prayer and scripture study and through regular church attendance. My experience has shown that these are foundational to knowing Christ and so I have tried to make them important features in my life. As I have done these things, over time, my relationship with the Savior has taken shape and I have gained a greater understanding of who He is and what His life means to me. I have come to know Him as the perfect embodiment of compassion, patience, understanding, selflessness, commitment, charity, kindness, forgiveness, justice, holiness, service, and love. So, in my imperfect way I try to live my faith by reaching for these principles. I try to be patient with my fellow men. I try to serve others through church callings and other means. I try to be understanding of others whose circumstances are different from mine. I strive to be kind. I hope to be a little less concerned about myself and more concerned for others. I'm not perfect in these things, but I can say that I am honest in my pursuit of them.