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Hi I'm Kyle

I was born in Cali, was made to swim, and was raised eating potatoes in Idaho. I study exercise as a profession. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the kind of guy who likes being active, but not competitive. As such I love things like swimming, hiking, running, and biking. The incredible feats the human body can accomplish has always intrigued me so I received my degree in Exercise Sciences. From that background I work as a personal trainer. I have always enjoyed swimming, and I come from a family of competitive swimmers and lifeguards. Teaching others to swim is my second job. Both occupations make me feel good as I see others reach goals in their life to be healthy and active; to see them grow and accomplish things they never thought they could do fulfills my own life. I come from a wonderfully large family. We may be scattered all over the Western United States, but we have a love for each other that overcomes the distance. My family has seen hard times and good times, just like any family that is working to be its best. They are a part of me and are one of the greatest gifts I have in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I filled my adolescence and young adulthood filled with things that were hard on my body, mind, and soul. I found myself lost and hurting. I searched for many years for something to fill my heart with happiness and to root out the sorrow, disappointment, and depression that ruled over my life. I turned to many different things, science, religion, friends, family, and acquaintances. I tried to find the truth about who I was, why I was here, and why I was experiencing such difficult things in my life. Even though I had been raised in the Mormon church, I had not developed a testimony of its truthfulness of it. One day, as I was searching I found myself in desperate circumstances. In that desperation I issued a prayer to God, hoping that He was real and that He could finally bring me the freedom I had been seeking, but unable to attain by myself. Latter that day I ran into an old friend from my childhood who invited me to back to church with the Mormons. I was hesitant, but I felt a powerful feeling of peace as the invitation was extended to me. I knew it was an answer from God, so I accepted the invitation. I would like to have said that a brightness of hope burst upon me at that meeting, but it didn't. I found only a small piece of what I had been searching for, and I craved the way it made me feel more complete. It took nearly three years for me to find all the missing pieces to fill the emptiness in me, but slowly and surely I found what I needed in the Mormon church as I learned of Heavenly Father and His plan. I learned of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and began to feel it bring me hope and comfort. I began to feel the Holy Ghost and its companionship and guidance through God. I learned of the truthfulness of the Gospel, Book of Mormon, prophets, and temples. I found myself surrounded by love and carried by the grace of God through trials I had, for so long, been unable to overcome by myself. This church is the only place I felt truly at peace. I can not deny it.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in a quiet but expressive way. I hold myself accountable for my actions, holding to values of faith, hope, virtue, obedience, and charity. I try to show others the importance and effect my faith in Jesus Christ has by being an example. I do my best to build friendships of trust and mutual understanding with as many people as I can. As those friendships grow I do my best to love, understand, and support my friends which opens up opportunities to share in each others burdens and successes. As my friends become disheartened or overwhelmed, I share with them my own stories of sorrow, suffering, and despair and testify of the love I found in my Savior, Jesus Christ. I encourage them to continue, to work to find a brighter day and a greater joy, whether or not they share my faith, because we are all working through hardships and I believe that we are meant to help each other through. The Plan of Happiness to me means that we are here to have experiences to help us learn what responsibilities and actions make us truly happy. We all find joy in may different things, just as some people love to run to exercise while others enjoy lifting weights. It is not our purpose here to condemn each other for what brings us joy, but to support each other in things that are wholesome, loving, and true. So I try to live my Faith in the same manner, sharing what I know has brought me joy, and supporting others in the things they have found to be true, so that we can both learn and grow together and have loving lasting friendships throughout our lives.