Thiago Lopes finishes his master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Utah this fall, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from BYU-Hawaii. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil but his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was four years old. Thiago has a deep passion for sports and played basketball and soccer competitively while growing up. He played NCAA division 2 soccer at Westminster College in Utah. He has a background as a sports performance coach and personal trainer. He enjoys teaching gospel principles through sport and exercise. Thiago was a full-time missionary sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Lisa, are raising their daughters in Salt Lake City, Utah.