I was born in a small farming community in Idaho, but my family moved to Orem when I was five years old, so I consider Orem to be my hometown. I attended Mountain View High School, where I was a member of the varsity wrestling and football teams, which were both experiences that had a big impact on me as an individual. I love sports and athletic activities, and lift weights or jog several times a week. I also began taking viola lessons in the seventh grade, participating in orchestra in high school and college.
I have a wide range of interests, so choosing a major when I began attending Brigham Young University was kind of a struggle for me. I eventually settled on computer science, with a minor in music. After taking a few classes I knew I had made the right decision. The problem solving and creativity involved in writing a computer program can be frustrating at times, but on the whole is a fun and interesting experience.
After taking a year of classes, I served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. After returning, I took a few Portugueses classes to help keep up with the language, and ended up adding Portuguese as a second major.
I received my bachelors degree in 2011 and a Master's degree in 2016, also from BYU.
Another big event for me that happened in 2011 was on July 15 when my wife Jessica, and I were married for time and all eternity in the Dallas LDS Temple. Our life together is a constant adventure, and we now have two daughters who keep us very busy.