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Hi I'm Kurt

I'm a pediatric surgeon. I'm a disciple of Christ. I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've got grown children and 5 charming granddaughters. I'm a convert to the church. I joined while I was in college. I was a missionary in Thailand shortly after the Viet Nam war. I have a demanding job, working as a pediatric surgeon at a large children's hospital. I swim, bike or work out several times each week to relieve the stress of my job. I've got a great wife of 32 years. We are quite different, but seem to complete each other.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first attended the Mormon church with a friend, I wasn't really interested in the doctrine. I loved the feelings I had when I visited their congregation. The benefits of the doctrines became apparent to me later. The Plan of Salvation spoke to me somehow, giving me answers to life's questions that I hadn't received in the christian church I attended when I was younger. Understanding the purpose of life has helped me stay balanced in a busy and demanding profession. Understanding that I'd make mistakes and that I could be forgiven if I repented helped me understand that the Savior could help a flawed person learn and improve and change as the Spirit influenced me over the years. As I've gotten older, the doctrines of the church seem to have protected me and my family. Following the Savior seems to bring me peace of heart and mind.

How I live my faith

I try to live the principles of the gospel, as well as study them. I try to treat all people with respect as I think that the Savior would do. I am careful to be honest in my dealings with others. This seems to come out as 'transparency' in my role as a doctor. It seems to build trust with patients and colleagues. I try to be a bridge builder, rather than being a polarizing person. I volunteer in my congregation, both in scouting as well as being a teacher and a leader. I look for ways to make visitors feel welcome when they attend our congregation and make sure that those who are visiting are greeted and invited to return.

What is being a Mormon like?

I’m not sure that everyone will feel what I did. I felt different when I first attended. It seemed like the things that I heard and was being taught were ‘familiar’ to me, like I’d heard them before. As I learned a little, it was like I was hungry and wanted to learn more. I studied about the church for more than a year before I joined. I read quite a bit and answered many questions about the history and the doctrine during that year. Most of that time I was watching the people and seeing how the fruits of what they were taught were influencing them in their lives. As the years have gone on, even though I’ve read hundreds of books about the Gospel, and read the Bible and the Book of Mormon many times, it seems that the Lord is not done with me and that I have much more to learn. I continually get insights from reading the scriptures and from listening to church leaders, or giving lessons or talks myself. These little epiphanies seem to continue to draw me closer to the Savior, bringing me peace of heart and mind, and helping me give away fears and anger. Show more Show less