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Hi I'm Kurt

I am, among other things, a Mormon, a father, a graduate student, and a fan of college football.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho, and was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was 19, I went to Italy as a missionary for my Church, learned the Italian language, and gained a deep love for the Italian people. My faith is very important to me. I currently live in Utah and work as a consultant with an emphasis on strategic planning in nonprofit organizations and government. I am an avid college sports fan and go through withdrawals during that period of April to August when football and basketball are nowhere to be found. I enjoy reading and have a passion for classic literature, religious history, philosophy, and non-fiction books which deal with current events. I especially enjoy reading biographies. I am an avid weight lifter and try to get a good work-out first thing in the morning. I enjoy the outdoors and love to hike in the summer. I have a beautiful nine-year-old daughter and consider her among my greatest blessings in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ is God’s church upon the earth. I don’t believe that Mormons have a monopoly on truth and therefore have an immense respect for people of all faiths. However, I have felt the influence of God in my life many times. Through study of the scriptures, prayer, and pondering, I have gained a witness - or testimony – that this is God’s church upon the earth. In addition to this knowledge, however, I am also a Mormon because of the joy it brings to my life. There is an incredible peace that comes from moral living. Mormon teachings also provide me with an eternal perspective which helps me to endure the more difficult times of life. Perhaps most importantly, I know that life continues after death and that I can live with my family forever. These truths which were taught by Joseph Smith are real to me. They give purpose to my life and add a feeling of peace and joy that I can’t find in any other place.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to serve others, live a moral life, and share what I know with others. Life can be a rough experience sometimes, and I feel incredibly blessed when I am able to help others who are struggling. I also believe that morality is an essential characteristic of Christianity and I do my best to live up to the standards of the gospel. I study the scriptures each day in an effort to better understand what is expected of me and to gain the strength I need to resist temptation. I also believe that knowledge is of little worth if it isn’t shared and try to share my beliefs as a Mormon with other people.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kurt
The Mormon Church does not endorse political parties. Members of our Church belong to both major political parties, and some have served in prominent national positions as both Democrats and Republicans. For example, Senator Majority leader Harry Reid is a Mormon and a Democrat, while long-time Senator Orrin Hatch is a Mormon and a Republican. The Church has a strict policy of neutrality on political issues. Church leaders don't tell us who to vote for and don't endorse political candidates. We are, however, encouraged to learn about public issues, be active in our communities, and vote in elections. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kurt
As Mormons, we don't worship Joseph Smith - although we have a deep respect for him. Joseph Smith lived a life devoted to serving God and others. He restored so many important truths about the gospel of Jesus Christ and was often persecuted for doing what God asked Him to do. He revealed forgotten truths about the nature of God. As a result of what he taught, we believe that we are actually able to worship God more effectively. We don't worship Joseph Smith, but we do have a great amount of respect for his life and teachings. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Kurt
The Book of Mormon was actually written by several different people. Just like many prophets wrote the books which are found in the bible, The Book of Mormon was also written by a number of prophets. The Book of Mormon contains many of the writings of Isaiah, but also introduces new prophetic figures such as Nephi, Alma, Mormon, and Moroni. There is even a record towards the end of the book which contains teachings of the Savior when He visited His people on the American Continent. Some people mistakenly think that The Book of Mormon was written by Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a prophet who lived in the 1800's and who translated the Book of Mormon from an ancient record. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Kurt
Mormons try to help everyone, regardless of which faith they belong too. We have a verse of scripture which teaches us that we should try to help "all men and the household of faith." The Church as an organization participates in humanitarian work across the world, irrespective of the religion of people who need help. Service is a key component of our beliefs and while we seek to share our knowledge with others, we also try to follow the example of God and not be "respecters of persons." If someone needs help, we hope that we can be there to help them. Our beliefs teach us that we are all children of our Heavenly Father, and so we feel a great deal of love for people of all faiths and nationalities. Show more Show less