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Hi I'm Kurt

I'm a mediocre musician but a good writer and a great dad. I'm overweight but I have my hair, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

"Fairly normal" is an apt description for me. My best friends are my family members, and I'd rather be at home than anywhere else. That's not to say that I don't get out and do stuff, but I am happy talking to my kids or walking with my wife. I've been a technical writer for most of my professional career, and now I also manage corporate communications for an organization of about 800 employees. I have four kids and a mortgage to take care of. My wife and I are about to celebrate 25 years of marriage, and we think we've finally figured it out. Sometimes.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom joined the Church when I was two or three years old, and I grew up going to church with her. I was baptized when I was eight, but I wasn't really converted until I was a teenager. I heard a speaker bear testimony of the divine mission of the Savior and the power of His Atonement, and I was blessed to feel the truth of those words. The memory was one I could build my own testimony on, and I added the knowledge of the truth of the Book of Mormon, the Restoration of Christ's Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the words of living prophets.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily process for me. I pray alone and with my family and with my wife, I read scriptures, I am careful that what I participate in would make the Lord happy. And I fail all the time. Living your faith is a daily chance to repent and be more like the Savior, and to gradually progress towards being the person you really want to be, a righteous child of God. I live my faith by never giving up.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Kurt
Mormons teach that baptism should be by immersion, and that children need not be baptized until they are eight years old. We believe baptism shows Christ that we are obedient to Him, and that we will follow His example. When we are baptized, our sins are forgiven and we start our lives over on the path to becoming more like our Heavenly Father and His Son. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kurt
That's a good question. People who are experts in cults don't say that. I suppose that having strong leaders, a devout following, and a required financial contribution could mean cult to some people. Also, calling a church a cult is a good way to discourage people from finding out more about it. Mormons are encouraged to find out the truth of the gospel for themselves, by prayer and study and reflection. You can find out the truth too, by asking your Heavenly Father to guide you to His church, to help you find the light of His gospel. No programming involved. Show more Show less