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Hi I'm Kurt

I'm an optometrist and live in a small town in northeastern Nevada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada in the 50's, 60's and 70's with all the growth of the city. I attended college and got married in the early 70's and had my first daughter 2 days after graduating from college. I was commissioned in the US Army and served in Ft. Ord and Ft. Sill. I went back to school in Southern California and graduated as an Optometrist. We moved to Northeastern Nevada and we've raised our children here. We love Nevada and enjoy the high mountain lakes and trails of the Ruby Mountains. My wife and I have walked together for the last 32 years and enjoy the exercise and dialogue.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an active Mormon home regardless we have to have a personal conversion that drives us to live by the the principles of the Gospel. As a teenager I was challenged to pray daily by my to-be wife. I accepted that challenge and have continued to pray daily. I have come to feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost in my life and to receive a personal witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. My experiences have bolstered my faith in the Lord and in His restored gospel. I have grown to love the Savior and the grace of the atonement. As I keep His commandments my happiness and joy continue to increase. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith first by trying to keep the commandments in my daily life. I try to live by the teachings of the Savior and to serve others each day. I have found pleasure in service to others in my professional, civic and religious lives. An optometrist life is based on helping others to have healthy eyes with the best vision. Daily I see numerous patients and am able to improve their lives with the skills that I have been blessed to have. My happiest days are when I am able to solve patients' problems and see their lives blessed. I have been a member of the Rotary club of Elko for 29 years and enjoyed serving as the president one year. Rotary is a great service club that blesses people all over the world with grants and projects that help people. I have been greatly blessed through the donation of funds throughout the whole world through the Rotary Foundation. The most impressive blessing has been the radification of polio through the Rotary Foundation. I have been blessed in my personal life by serving the Lord and my neighbors in many positions within the LDS church. In the 1980's I was called to serve as the Bishop of my local church unit and had countless opportunities to help members of the church and community. Even though I worked all day and then spent most nights at the church from 630 to 900 pm my family and I were blessed and strengthened as I sacrificed for the Lord. I have served as a scoutmaster 3 times and oved working with the young men and seeing them grow and mature. Attending scout camp was the highlight of scouting where the boys work hard and have so much fun at beautiful camps. In 1991 I was called to serve as a counselor in the Stake Presidency where I was responsible for all the young adults, children and youth in our town and adjacent towns. We held church dances, youth conferences, scout encampments and stake conferences where the young men and women were able to learn gospel principles and serve others. In 1995 I was called to be the first Stake President of the Elko Nevada West Stake with responsibility for the church in most of the Elko area. I was able to meet with many men and women to interview them to receive the priesthood and attend the temple. My most joyous times were when families qualified to enter the temple and to be sealed together as a family for time and eternity. For four years my wife and I taught early morning 615 am seminary for all the freshmen that attended our local high school. We grew to love and appreciate the dedication and sacrifice that these students exhibited along with growing to love the Savior more each day as we sacrificed our time for Him. I am currently serving in the Salt Lake temple as a temple worker. I have the blessing to witness the joy and happiness that people receive when they live the laws of the Savior and serve their fellow man. 

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

We live like most others in our communities with the exception that we serve in our local units, wards or stakes. I attend ball games and cheer for the local team, go to work and serve my patients, slave in my yard, hike in the canyons, walk with my wife, read books, watch tv and movies, talk with my neighbors and experience happiness and sadness the same as my neighbors. I try to keep the sabbath day holy by attending my church meetings and renewing the covenants that I made with the Savior at baptism through partaking the sacrament. Each Sunday I teach a class for young men each Sunday that teaches them how to better live the gospel and strengthen their priesthood. I love to go on vacations with my wife to visit my children and grandchildren. Show more Show less