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Hi I'm Kurt

I was raised Lutheran in Western NY, but I'm a Mormon now.

About Me

I am a clinical psychologist, a father of 9, and a grandfather of 20. I do evaluations of combat veterans professionally, and we raise a few head of beef cattle, for the meat and to give the remaining children at home a chance to learn some things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this Church is the answer to a long search for something to believe in that started when I was young. I didn't know what I was looking for, but I wasn't happy, as if someone had forgotten to give me the manual for this life. When I finally realized that what I was looking for was freedom, and that freedom is intimately connected with righteousness, it was a short step to baptism - I already knew where to go to learn to be righteous. I had been learning about that for several months while attending the Mormon Church with a friend.

How I live my faith

I am semi-retired now, but still active and healthy and busy most of the time. I have always been patriotic, and I worry about where our country is going, and where the world is going for that matter, but I know I can't do anything about those global or national problems. I can do something, though, about things close to home. I try to take advantage of small opportunities to make a difference in someone's life, like a visit, a small donation of food or clothing, a priesthood blessing, teaching a lesson, avoiding conflict with the neighbors. Like the guy picking up starfish on the beach and throwing them back, I can't save them all, but what I do matters to the ones I do get to.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionaries will talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the plan of salvation set in motion by our Father in Heaven, and some Gospel principles you will need to know about to make an informed decision about whether to join this Church or not. But he most important aspect of their visit will be the Spirit you feel when they come. It will be peaceful, reassuring, perhaps not dramatic, but you will know something unusual and important has happened. You may not know at first what that feeling is, but in time, it will be apparent that it is the Holy Ghost telling you that what you are hearing is true. I wasn't sure at first either, but it has been confirmed to me over and over again as the years have passed by and I have tried to stay close to that truth I first felt so clearly and unexpectedly. Show more Show less