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Hi I'm Kyle

I'm LDS.

About Me

I am 40 years old, I adore my wife & our three kids. I am the General Manager of a thriving downtown Boise restaurant. I am a convert to the church & have a great, growing testimony of it. I feel that we all have a great potential & my conversion is simply rooted in the belief that I can use this life to progress & reach my fullest potential. It wasn't even a thought before I took the missionary discussions let alone a possibility. Now I know that I am progressing & together with my family we get a little better day by day. The restaurant is a Distillery Pub ironically & they are kind enough to see me for what I do & not for what I "represent" outside of the workplace. To some of my co-workers in the bar business, to them I am "The coolest Mormon they know". That makes me feel good but I tell them there's many more. Most, better than I...though I try. I am also a musician. Now I really only play solo acoustic shows a few times a year although I had a band in Austin Texas for a number of years. I've also spent my youth in St Thomas USVI, Aspen Colorado, The Salmon River, Idaho & I grew up in Northern California. I want to grow old in Boise!

Why I am a Mormon

I met my wife next door...no kidding. Her father's family is LDS & her mother is a convert. She married her 1st husband & had my stepdaughter at a very young age & struggled to stay active as a single member family. We fell in love in the summer of '03 & by 2007 we had gotten married, been blessed with two little ones, bought a house, sold it & bought another when her desire to return to church led the missionaries into our home. My conversion isn't profound. I fought the kind spirit that they brought into our home at first with my pride & my love of all things made with malted barley & hops. Then I got out of my own way & humbled myself long enough to listen. They taught me to pray. That was it. Once I began to pray I tried to learn as much as I could from them and asked God if it was true or if I should protect my family from it. The answer was simple. It felt good. Although there's a ton of opposition from all angles, including from my own family who loves & supports me in all other aspects of my life except my faith, the more I study the LDS standard works of scripture, listen to counsel from the leaders of the church & fulfill my church callings the more is given me. I know I am doing the right thing, no matter the opposition. Some are hung up on the history of our church without fully examining ALL that took place. The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints only strengthens my faith as I learn & pray more. I take seriously the work I am engaged in at church. I visit families in their homes & encourage them to come to church more often. I volunteer at service projects organized by the church. I have a testimony of tithing, of the organization of the church & of the words of scripture. The greatest gift my family has received is the gift of the eternal perspective that now guides & directs our family. We know we will be together as a family forever. We are grateful for those who came before us & don't take them or our lives & responsibilities for granted. I love the restored gospel & look forward to the day my wife & I will serve a couples mission together.

How I live my faith

I lean heavilly on the attonement, in other words, I am human and although I am exponetially better as a person than before my conversion, I mess up. Regularly I pray for forgiveness. I accept that there is a supreme being greater than I am that loves me, knows me & wants better for me & so I oblige. Promising to never stop trying to become the best self. Asking for help and strength & patience & compassion. Trying to show the same things to everyone I encounter. I listen to the counsel I am given. I try to fit my life to it. I want my kids to see something fruitful come of what is said in my house. I won't preach about something I know nothing about from personal experience. My surroundings are difficult at work. My teenage daughter is difficult and my son requires all my patience. Still I try. There are so many things to govern, watch out for, put my foot down, encourage & nurture in the face of constant opposition. Still I try. So many influences or media seem to come at me to disturb the serenity of striving to live righteously. Still I try. I know that if I am still trying when I die, it will have been enough for this life. I accept & love being blessed with the knowledge I've been given & the foresight & desire to see it through. We are told by our leaders to magnify our callings in church. I'll add to that, we can also magnify our entire existence.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Kyle
We must start with ourselves, trying to make clear the line that we shouldn't cross & never crossing it. That line is becoming more blurred with every new commercial, song, movie, TV show & article. The internet is the single most frightening adversary in this fight. If you are a parent, it is your duty to tirelessly extingush pornography's influence. It's everywhere & never sleeps. So start with yourself & teach your children Show more Show less