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Hi I'm Kurt

I teach earth science and meteorology at the college level. I have a great wife and great kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married, have children, love everything weather-related, the out-of-doors, and college sports.

Why I am a Mormon

Most importantly, I am a Mormon because I have a personal testimony that the Church and the Book of Mormon are true. In my profession in the earth sciences, I continuously see confirmation of the scriptural saying that, "all things denote that there is a God." Finally, I know of the joy and happiness I have found through living the gospel of Jesus Christ, and wish more people could have the same blessings in their lives.

How I live my faith

I serve in various capacities in the Church. Currently I work with 8-10 year-old boys in the Church sponsored Cub Scout Pack in our neighborhood (Ward). I recently volunteered to help at a local cannery bottling pancake syrup that will be used to help the less fortunate including those needing humanitarian assistance. I sing in the choir, I attend Sunday School and participate in that learning environment. Through my profession as a geographer I try to learn what I can of other cultures, languages, and religions to help me understand my friends, neighbors, and the many different peoples of the world.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kurt
Visitors are always welcome to any church meeting. Church services on Sunday typically consist of a set of three meetings that run back-to-back (called a block). The most important is the Sacrament Meeting (60-75 minutes long). In this meeting hymns are sung, and talks are given (sermons) by members of the congregation. Most importantly, though, is the sacrament itself which is blessed and passed to the congregation in keeping with the Savior's Last Supper commandment to eat and drink in remembrance of his sacrifice for us. The talks are for encouraging and inspiring the congregation to live lives more like the Savior. Another of the Sunday meetings is Sunday School for teens and adults (classes divided by age for the teens -- 50 min). As you might expect, this meeting is devoted to scripture study. In 2011 we are studying the New Testament. There is also a Primary meeting for children under 12 years of age that includes singing time, class instruction, and "Sharing Time". The final meeting is Priesthood meeting for males 12 and older, Relief Society for Females 18 and older, and Young Women's Meeting for females 12 to 18. In these meetings more instruction is provided in various gospel topics, in some cases more focused on the specific audience. Show more Show less