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Hi I'm Kip

I am a father and a grandfather. I am a fan of soccer - as a player, coach, and now a referee. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Vermont. I graduated from South Burlington High School in the Bi-centennial year. I went to college in at Brigham Young University in Utah. I played goalkeeper for the soccer team at BYU for two years. After one year at BYU I was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons. I asked to be a missionary and was called to the Geneva Switzerland mission for two years. After my mission there were no soccer scholarships available, so I chose to on my studies earning a BS & MS in civil engineering. While at BYU I met my wife Theresa Miller from San Diego and we were married in 1983. We chose to settle in Utah where we raised three beautiful, amazing, and talented daughters. All three have graduated from college. The two oldest are married and gave us three grandsons. The youngest is serving as a missionary to Spanish speaking residents of the San Jose, CA area. I am currently employed as a traffic engineer for the regional planning organization for the Salt Lake area with the primary task of verifying that our transportation plans are consistent with air quality regulations. I played in adult soccer leagues for many years after college - I especially enjoyed indoor soccer until the age of 52! I also coached my daughters' soccer teams which was a great way to be involved with them while they were growing. Now in my spare time I referee youth soccer games.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many teenagers I was somewhat cynical about religion. I thought religion was for either the naïve or pretentious. When I was 13 the Mormon missionaries taught our family. I didn't listen much, and what I did I didn't understand. Four years later I had the missionary lessons again, but I still thought that religion was foolish. But the Mormon missionaries and members were some of the nicest people I had ever known even if I supposed them naïve. I liked how I felt in their company. I liked their clean, wholesome, family centered lifestyle. When I finished high school, BYU was my #1 college choice. At BYU all freshmen have a class in the Book of Mormon. I had read portions of the Book of Mormon before but I struggled with the Old English style of the text. But now that I could understand better, my intent was to test the Book of Mormon and discover the mistakes and superstitions. Instead I found I was the one being tested, not the text. I started gaining insights about man's purpose here on earth, and why I need a Savior in Jesus Christ. I began to realize that understanding is not limited to what we measure with our five senses, but we also have a spiritual sense. There are some things only understood with what we feel personally in our heart. I discovered the Book of Mormon must be from God which means He is actively involved in our lives today. I decided I wanted to stay close to this source of truth and make the clean and wholesome lifestyle of the Mormons my own.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon means being actively involved in Church responsibilities, not just attending as a spectator and listening to a sermon. I have had many callings as a member of the Church - missionary, teacher, clerk, sports director, communications specialist, mission leader, and so on. Currently I am the executive secretary for the ward (congregation). I keep agenda for the Bishop's meetings and arrange his interview schedule among other administrative details. It's a lot of phone calls, scheduling, and organizing - and lots of meetings especially on Sunday. It's a great opportunity to make contact with each member in the ward and to associate with the good people who are called on a voluntary and temporary basis as ward leaders. I also serve as a home teacher. Each family in the ward is assigned a pair of home teachers who visit monthly to minister to that family, supporting them spiritually and with special needs that may arise such as illness or injury. As a home teacher it is a great way to feel needed and to serve others. As a family receiving home teachers, it is a great asset to our family. On many occasions home teachers have assisted me in giving priesthood blessings to family members that were sick. They have also helped me with moving furniture, or shoveling my driveway after I had surgery. As a family, we attend Church ever Sunday for about three hours. Sunday is a special day that we reserve for Church and family related activities - family dinners, reading, visiting, and such. The rest of the week is probably much like yours - work, school, piano recitals, soccer games, and chores. We don't drink alcohol or use tobacco and avoid R rated movies. It's a wholesome lifestyle and a has been a great way to for me to raise a family where there is love and respect between parents and children.