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Hi I'm Kris

I'm a father of three, fourth generation Arizonan, love to Dutch oven cook, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a beautiful wife that is my best friend and makes me smile every day. I'm blessed to have her in my life. I have a grown son who is married to my favorite daughter-in-law, a daughter who is married to my favorite son-in-law, and a sixteen year old son who is still at home with us. All the others think he is the favorite! After twenty-five years working in beautifying city parks, I'm now managing the maintenance of city buildings. Some would consider this a promotion but i miss the satisfaction of working on something that benefits so many. I do have a wonderful staff who make it a pleasure to come to work. I find enjoyment working on my house, landscaping, welding and working on various projects. I would consider myself a Jack of all trades and a master of none. As a hobby I help my good friend in Chuck Wagon cooking competitions. I would consider my main job as keeping the biscuits from burning in the Dutch oven. I live in Arizona and I'm proud to be a native of this diverse and naturally beautiful state.

Why I am a Mormon

I became active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was seventeen years old. I was working in a movie theater as a projectionist. The concession girl was pretty and fun, and I wanted to go out with her. She said no at first, saying she only went out with boys of her faith. When I asked her faith and she said Mormon I was in luck, even though I hadn't attended church since I was eight years old. Through her promptings I began to study the teachings of the church. At that time of my life I had often questioned who I was and what purpose I had on this earth. I started attending church and asked to be taught by the missionaries. The first lesson that they taught me was called the First Vision. This lesson explains how Joseph Smith was a young man who was seeking to know which church to join. He was reading in the New Testament, where he learned that if you are looking for the truth you should ask God in humble prayer, with faith that he will answer your prayer. Joseph did ask, and he was visited by God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. This message touched me and stirred a change in my heart. I wanted to learn more. I learned about the Book of Mormon and how it testifies of Jesus Christ. I learned how the gospel of Jesus Christ was established on the earth during Christ's ministry, how it was taken away and how it was restored in these latter days. I learned that God still speaks to His church today through a living prophet. Most important, I learned that Jesus Christ lives. He died for our sins so that we may live again in his presence if we follow his teachings. That which I learned I know is true because, like Joseph Smith, I have asked God in humble prayer with faith and my prayers have been answered through the Spirit. As an impressionable young man these teachings shaped who I am. I owe it all to a young concession girl who ended up being my wife of twenty-nine years.

How I live my faith

I strive to be kind and considerate to all those I meet. At my place of employment I often find myself having to talk with people who are distraught or angry. I have found that listening and being empathetic to their concerns will almost always bring about a happy solution by the end of the conversation. I currently am a leader of a group of older men in the local church congregation I belong to. These men are a great example to me of how we should give Christlike service by helping all people in our neighborhood. One of the faithful members of my group gets up early every day and walks the neighborhood, picking up trash as he goes. Another drives several miles a week to take a homebound man to his various doctor appointments. These examples of service have helped me realize how important it is to help our fellow man. I visit several people in a local nursing home. One lady I see is one hundred and three years old. She often forgets who I am, and I'm sure she doesn't remember the visit, but this simple act allows me to forget about my small troubles and worries and find peace by simply serving others.