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Hi I'm Kyle

I'm a American/Canadian. I'm a grad student. I'm a sports junkie who lives in a world of pink (A beautiful wife and 3 daughters).

About Me

I am a American/Canadian being born in the Tri-Cities area (Washington State) and being raised in Southern Alberta. After completing my mission in Tucson Arizona, I returned home to Alberta where I completed my bachelors degree in Management at the University of Lethbridge while marrying and starting a family. Obviously i'm a sucker for school as after working at an accounting firm for three and a half years in Canada, our family moved to the Greater Phoenix area so I could complete my Masters degree in Physical Education. I have three beautiful daughters who keep me and my wife quite busy. I can't wait till they are all teenagers at the same time!! I love being a husband and a father. I am a sports fanatic. I love both participating and viewing anything related to baseball, basketball, football, hockey, tennis, golf, squash, etc. If you can play I have tried it. I Over the years i've picked a variety of sports teams which I cheer for which consists of North Carolina basketball, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Cincinnati Bengals. The randomness of my teams accurately reflects how random and sporadic I can be. My love of sports was what led me to pursue a Masters in PE. I also love being physically active and working out. My guilty little pleasure is watching HGTV and dreaming of renovating and designing a house even though my carpenter skills basically consist of hammering an odd nail, sawing an occasion 2 by 4 and hanging a picture frame around the house.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. Growing up in the church consisted of waking up Sunday morning at 7:30/8:00 and attending church for three hours from 9:00-12:00. One can only imagine that this ritual became harder and harder as I became older and grew into the rebellious teenage years. Although I never really rebelled I would occasionally play the sick card when I really didn't feel like going to church. For the most part a was active in the church, worshipping on Sundays, completing early morning seminary and even attending most of the youth activities. Although I attended all of these, I could never really say I had a strong testimony. The turning point came when time came to serve a two year mission. My father and my two older brothers served missions and I really didn't even contemplate not serving. I received my mission call to Tucson Arizona, which at the time was somewhat of a disappointment as my father and my two brothers served foreign missions in France and Belgium. LIttle did I know at the time that being called to Arizona was probably the only thing that kept me on a mission and helped me serve for two years. At the start I was really home sick and didn't really know if what I was trying to teach to complete strangers was actually true. I shortly discovered that if I was to complete this mission that I must find out for myself whether the church and it's doctrines were true. It took a lot of time on my knees praying and a lot of serving others to finally gain my own testimony of the truthfulness of the church, the atonement, the restoration and the scriptures (most specifically the Book of Mormon). After I received my own testimony and can't say it's been any easy road since as building one's testimony is never finished as it's always growing. However knowing for myself has enabled me to pray in faith, teach my children and try to serve whenever possible as that is what our savior Jesus Christ taught. I know that my redeemer lives.

How I live my faith

I consider myself a fairly simple person and as such I believe that living my faith is built upon doing the simple things. First and foremost is prayer. Having the faith to kneel down and talk to and even pour out your heart to someone that you can't see takes an incredible amount of faith. Daily prayers and scripture study are essential to living my faith as they provide the motivation to better yourself and serve others. Our church is built upon serving others, just as the Master taught. Currently I serve as the priesthood music coordinator. I have had many callings in the church, working with the youth as an instructor/teacher, serving in a priesthood presidency even serving in the nursery with children 18 months-3 years old. Serving in the nursery will always keep your heart young!! It's not necessarily your calling in the church the dictates how you live your faith but it is the response to someone's needs where you really see how someone lives their faith. We have been on the receiving end of countless acts of service over the last few weeks that have only strengthened our families testimony in how the Lord loves us and how he takes care of us through others service. Our four year old daughter was just recently diagnosed with Leukemia which was devastating news for our family. Through this difficult time we have had members of the church drop over meals, clean our house, have new tires put on our car, start a fund at a local bank, give us cash donations to help cope with the related expenses and a number of other Christlike acts which have been extraordinary. We are so thankful to so many members of the church who not only go to church on Sunday but who live their faith by serving. That is what membership in the church is all about. Loving your God and loving and serving others. Hopefully I can repay these acts by continuing to live my faith in a manner which would please our Savior.