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Hi I'm Kurt

I grew up in Kingsport, TN. I work in information technology and I enjoy music, running and canoeing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad and I love running. I ran my first marathon in 2014. I enjoy kayaking and canoeing but as a busy dad it's hard to find time to do as much as I would like. I work at a technology company writing SQL code mostly but my educational background is in business and political science. I still love reading political philosophy when I get the time.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons when I was growing up so for the first part of my life I was simply following their lead. As a teenager I decided that I needed to know for myself if what I had been taught all my life was actually God's truth. I had read from the book of James in the Bible that says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God." I also read the teachings of Jesus where he said, "Ask and ye shall receive; Knock and it shall be opened unto you." I believed that these scriptures meant that I could ask God and He would tell me if the things I had been taught were true. I prayed to know if this was the right way and the feeling I got in response is hard to explain. It was a feeling of peace and calm assurance that I had found the truth and that I needed to keep living it. Since then I have had many opportunities to share my own experience with others. I served as a fulltime missionary for the church in Brazil for two years and every chance I got I told people that I knew this was true because God had answered my prayer and told me it was true. Since the time my prayer was answered I have grown and learned a lot. The gospel of Jesus Christ has strengthened and helped me at every step along the way. I honestly don't know how I could cope without the hope I have through Jesus Christ. I know that He has overcome sin and death for me. And He did it for me because He loves me.

How I live my faith

I love watching out for other people. Each person is unique and has a story behind them. I love to learn that story and come to value that person as a unique and special child of God. I love that my church gives me the opportunity to work for and serve others in ways that I wouldn't otherwise be able to do. I'm asked to watch over certain families by visiting them in their homes each month and having a devotional with them. When I do that I try to find out what their needs are and figure out how to help with them. I also love that my church asks me to get a little outside my comfort zone in my service. What I love most is living my faith with my family. We make time as a family to read God's word together every day. We also pray together as a family every morning before children go to school and every evening before we go to bed. It's not always easy but over time my wife and I can tell the difference it is making by helping our family grow closer to Christ. I also love going to church with my family on Sundays. One of my favorite parts is actually the drive home after church. Someone will ask, "What did you think about the messages that were shared in our worship service?" Sometimes our children surprise us with their insight and understanding. Some times a member of the family was assigned to teach a Sunday School lesson for their age group or share a short lesson with the other children and we take the time to ask how those things went.