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Hi I'm Kent Reese

I grew up in Alaska, I've lived & traveled the world, love diversity of cultures, languages, & beliefs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Its no wonder that growing up in Alaska has helped me develop a love for the outdoors and am an avid fisher, hiker, camper, skier, and hunter. I am also very dedicated to my family, my career, and my beliefs. I did my undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and graduate work at Georgia Tech. Twenty three years ago at BYU, my wife and I met, and have been happily married for 21 years. We have 3 boys and 3 girls ranging from ages 18 to 8, and one Olde Bulldog - making 7! That makes life challenging and difficult at times, but we wouldn't trade any of it for the world. We have lived in Switzerland, Germany, and many states in the U.S. We cherish the deep and lasting friendships we have made around the world. We love spending time together as a family - if I could, I would spend every minute of everyday with my wife and kids. We love watching movies together, going out to eat at different restaurants, and vacationing as a family. Our family favorites are Thai food, sushi, and authentic Mexican food. We make sure we can take an annual week at a beach with the family, and due to costs we end up driving at least 16 hours one way. Our favorite beach to visit is near Destin, Florida.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that Christ leads his church through a prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have learned these truths for myself and have had many experiences throughout my life that continue to confirm and strengthen what I know. From experience, I know that the greatest joys and peace to have in life come through living the principles of the Gospel. Life isn't perfect, we live in a mortal world with all its flaws and our own flaws. We all make mistakes and each of us experiences sorrow, pain, regret, happiness, joy, and peace. I know for a fact from my own experience that daily scripture reading, prayer, and temple attendance brings a great peace and happiness in my life that cannot be obtained any other way. I have tested it and know this for a fact. It is astounding to find out and understand that we do have a Heavenly Father who is interested in our life and assists us with those things that we need when we ask. I enjoy this mortal existence and thankful we have this opportunity to enjoy everything that life has to offer. Through my own experience I learn to keep those good things I experience and shed those things that do not bring happiness to my life. I love the Gospel and invite you to explore how it can expand and brighten your own life.

How I live my faith

I have found that long term success in one area of my life cannot come at the expense of the other. I am very successful in my career and like to work hard, but as I said before, if I had my choice - I would rather spend every minute of the day with the family. The principles of the Gospel and leading a Christ-centered life has taught me how to strike a lasting work-family life balance that brings not only success but happiness, peace, and joy. A clear understanding of the gospel helps me prioritize all the demands in my life and gives me the ability and confidence to do what I know needs to be done. I also find great joy serving others in my church and in my community. I teach and work with the youth in our church and also am very active coaching youth in sports. I also volunteer in various community leadership capacities to help improve the community in which I live. It is a simple principle, but a Christ-centered life leads one to have a service-centered life. Through service to others I gain a balanced perspective of my own life and priorities.