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Hi I'm Kyle

I'm the father of a special needs child. I build robots. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the happy father of six wonderful children. Mostly wonderful. They keep my life busy and crazy. I love to go backpacking with my three sons to the beautiful alpine lakes in the Cascades or to Mount Rainier. I have identical twin daughters who look similar but have very different personalities. My youngest daughter is special. She has Prader-Willi Syndrome and autism. She doesn't speak and it is sometimes hard to know what she is thinking. It can be frustrating to take care of her sometimes. But then once in a while, she looks directly at me with her beautiful blue eyes and smiles and melts my heart. I was a computer nerd way back before anybody knew what computers were. I designed and built a lot of electronic circuits in Junior High and High School and even built my own computer. When I graduated from college, I designed flight simulator displays that use 3D computer graphics. Later on, I helped to design and build the Xbox game console. Now I build robots and teach them how to live with people.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was baptized into the Mormon church at the age of eight, I pretty much just followed the example of others in attending church without having much personal conviction. When I was nearly nineteen years old, I decided that I needed to seriously read the Book of Mormon to decide if I should serve a mission. For the first time, I really paid attention to what I was reading. The principles that I learned made sense to me intellectually but, even more important, the Spirit of the Lord touched my heart and helped me to understand that the Book of Mormon is true. Later, as I served a mission in Washington State, I felt that same Spirit confirm my words as I taught the principles of the gospel to others. How wonderful it felt to know that my Heavenly Father knows me and cares enough about me to help me understand the truth! Since that time I have learned that I am happiest in my life when I am doing my best to be close to my Heavenly Father and to follow his commandments. He gives us commandments because He loves His children and he wants us to be happy and to return again to him. I am grateful that I can often feel the presence of the Lord through His Spirit as I read scripture and kneel before Him in prayer. I am a bit skeptical by nature but through these experiences, I have come to know that we do have a loving Father in Heaven and that he loves us and has prepared a way for us to return to him through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ. This knowledge has changed the life I live and the person I am for the better.

How I live my faith

Serving as a full-time missionary for the church was a challenge for me. It was not easy for me to talk with people about something as personal as religion. I found that the Lord would give me courage and sometimes He would even give me the right words to say if I relied on Him. This has been a constant pattern for me while serving in the church. It seems that I am often called upon to do something that is not comfortable only to find that the Lord is willing to help me grow and accomplish the thing He has asked me to do if I will call upon him. I recently served as a Bishop where I was the leader of a congregation of roughly 300 people. I found myself speaking in church often, counseling with members who had difficulties in their lives, and even climbing to the top of Mt. St. Helens with a group of young men. I learned over and over that the Lord blesses and helps those who call upon Him.