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Hi I'm Kip Krumwiede

I grew up in Sacramento, California, USA. I became a Mormon when I was 18.

About Me

Hi, my name is Kip. Both my parents are of German origin. I grew up in Sacramento, California, USA. I am married to a wonderful and talented wife and we have four great kids, 3 adults and one daughter who is 14. I went to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and received a doctoral degree in accounting from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. I love the outdoors and my hobbies include mountain biking, hiking and camping, doing obstacle course races and triathlons (short ones, I'm not an "iron man"), and rock climbing (still a beginner). I also enjoy sports, especially NBA basketball (recovering Jazz fan), NFL football (49ers), and baseball (Giants and Nats). I like to study the scriptures, do service, run, swim, bike, go climbing, do home projects inside and outside, and fix or make things in my garage. After being a college accounting professor for 18 years, I recently became a researcher for a non-profit professional accounting association. It is a great job for me as I enjoy doing research and helping others with their research.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I had questions about God and the purpose of this life that the Lutheran church I grew up attending couldn’t seem to answer. The church’s doctrine (like most Christian churches I think) seemed to be that you simply went to either Heaven or Hell. If you believed in Jesus and were a little more good than bad, you went to Heaven and otherwise to Hell. It didn’t seem fair because there is such a continuum of how people live their lives. I started visiting other churches but they could not address my questions about how this life affects the next. I also felt that God is perfect and there had to be one true church on the earth. As a Christmas present during my senior year in high school, a friend gave me a Book of Mormon with her witness written inside the front cover. I started reading and praying about it but didn’t quite know how I felt about it at first. After a while, I started meeting with two LDS missionaries who really expanded my view of God and religion. But I had to make sure the book “fit” with the Bible because I knew it was true. As I continued to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, I started feeling that it did fit with the Bible and could be from God, too. But I still couldn’t quite tell if the LDS Church was really the true church of Christ or not. One day, I was studying the Bible and read in Ephesians 2:19-20 that Christ’s church was “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” As I read these verses, an overwhelming feeling came over me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is the restored church of Jesus Christ. It is hard to describe but was like a combination burning inside with joy and a strong feeling “this is true!” Once you have that kind of experience, you know it and can never deny it. It has shaped my entire life since. After over 30 years in the Church, I still find it teaches the gospel of Christ and He is at the head of it.

How I live my faith

My favorite callings in the church are teaching the young men, boy scouts, and home teaching. I love teaching the young men because they are fun and it helps me feel like a young(er) man, plus it is rewarding to help them in their lives. Scouting is fun because I love the outdoors and camping and hiking, etc. Plus I believe scouting helps develops boys into responsible and good men. Home teaching involves visiting the homes of a few individuals or families each month and providing a short gospel message, helping them with any needs they may have, and being someone they can call when they need help. I enjoy developing friendships with them and providing service, especially with things they are not able to do themselves. Outside the church, I enjoy serving in Special Olympics and community sporting events.