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Hi I'm Kurt

I'm a hearing specialist, I love music, I love my FJ, and I'm a member of the LDS church, or as some people say, "I'm a Mormon."

About Me

My name is Kurt, I'm 21 years old, and I'm from Utah. Shocker, right? Aside from a few years in Bend, Oregon, that's where I grew up. I come from a kind of mixed up family where both my parents were previously married and had kids, were divorced, met, got married, and had my little sister and myself. Altogether, there are eight of us... kind of a "yours, mine, and ours" situation. My older siblings, for the most part, were grown up by the time I was in grade school. If I could describe myself in one word, it would probably be "chill." Not because I consider myself to be a super cool person or anything, but simply because I love to kick back and have a relaxing time. I'm slightly addicted to music and LOVE to find new stuff to listen to. Dub, reggae, and ska are the fav's, but I'll listen to just about any other genre out there... While enjoying all of this auditory goodness, I love working on my Jeep. Some might think of it as masochistic, but whether installing a new toy or making a repair, I enjoy every minute of it. When i'm not cranking my music or wrenching on the Jeep, you'll usually find me at school, so I might as well tell ya a little about it. I'm currently working on my undergrad in exercise science. My game plan as of right now is to finish that, then apply to both medical and chiropractic school. From there, we'll see which one works out best. I LOVE biology, anatomy, and physiology, so it should be a good fit.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have received spiritual confirmation that this church is true and acted accordingly. I may have grown up in this religion, there comes a time in your life where you make the conscious decision whether or not to stick with it. Growing up, I had a lot of doubts about the church, but never did anything about it because, well, being born into a situation where everyone is Mormon, you do what is socially acceptable and listen to your parents... for the most part anyway. I went along to get along for a long time. After high school, however, I came to the realization that I needed to decide for myself if being a member was for me. My friends and I were moving in one direction, and the church in another. It was a crossroads in my life, and I had to figure out whether or not the church was true to be able to pattern my life accordingly. It all boiled down to reading from the book of mormon every day and really asking myself "does this come from God, or is this something Joseph Smith made up?" After reading, I talked to God about what I thought and felt. My answer wasn't a manifestation of the heavens opening and the hallelujah chorus playing in the background, but more of a settled calmness of feeling and an absolute clarity of thought that came time and again as I prayed and focused on how I felt. The reason that I've stayed Mormon is all based on the results of that simple process. This isn't something that I did just one time, but I continually do it to keep that knowledge rock solid- and not just in my head, but in my heart. I am a Mormon not because it's easy, not because it's a social pressure, and not because I'm looking to be different, but because I know that it's true. It comes from something more than an intellectual understanding... it's spiritual knowledge. Something that comes from that direct communication with my Father in Heaven that no feeble human argument can make me doubt.

How I live my faith

To break it down pretty simply, there are few basic things that I do to really "live my faith." First, obey the commandments. It's a lot easier said than done, but it's the most important thing you can do... kinda practice what you preach, ya know? Setting an example by doing so could potentially spark an interest in someone who maybe isn't living as happily. Second, loving and serving everyone. It helps develop friendships and show people that you love them as brothers and sisters. Everyone's a child of God, so it only makes sense to treat them well. Third, being willing to share the blessings the gospel brings with those who are willing to listen. I'm not saying sit them down and blast them with a bunch of scriptures and quotes about the church's beliefs, but if the opportunity arises, sharing with them what you've come to know is true and how it has blessed your life. Fourth, It kinda ties in with the third one, and that is inviting them to act. This life is all about obeying God's will and enjoying the time you're on this earth, so if you invite someone to start doing God's will, they'll live a happier life... it's called the great plan of happiness for a reason haha. In a nutshell, that's how I live my faith. I'm not saying that I'm some spiritual giant or great counsellor, but these things have helped me keep my faith strong as well as maintain a close relationship with the Lord and those around me.

What is faith?

Kurt
Well, it's a whole heck of a lot more than just believing that Jesus is your personal saviour and accepting him in your heart, I can tell you that much. Faith is the action that follows belief and hope, specifically in Jesus Christ. It's a belief that God exists, a correct perception of his attributes, and a certainty that you are trying to live your life in accordance to His will. Basically, faith is knowing that God is there, why he's there, and doing everything in your power to make sure that you get there by being obedient to His will while on this earth. Faith in general hinges on Jesus Christ. Without him, there's no point in having faith. We have faith in Him, and that His atonement can right our wrongs and clean us of sin. In order to truly accept his offering for our sins, however, we must do what he asks of us while we're here in mortality in order to receieve that forgiveness from him. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kurt
In all honesty? Because someone else told them so. Anyone who actually knows a run of the mill member of the LDS will tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Most of the "cult" comments come from either the people that have left the church and are looking to do some mud slinging or another church because converts leaving their church to join the LDS is bad business for the collection plate. There's a lot of controversy over what people think goes on in the temple, and members not divulging that information makes it harder to defend. There is the age old addage in the LDS church of "sacred, not secret" as pertaining to what goes on in the temple, and it's absolutely true. People think we're a cult because we have some things so sacred to us that we don't share outside of the temple walls. The important thing to remember is that anyone can know what happens in there... ya just have to be willing to keep the commandments for a year! Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Kurt
Absolutely. As the eighth article of faith states, we believe the bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. Now, one thing to point out is that "translated" does not necessarily mean linguists transferring it from one language to another, but refers rather to the interpretation given by the reader. If it is interpreted correctly, it's the word of God. If it's not, it's one of who knows how many other Christian churches that don't have the fulness of the gospel. Show more Show less

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

Kurt
In all honesty, it's a normal lifestyle with less heartache and more happiness. I will tell you now that being a member of the church and keeping the commandments does NOT mean you life a care-free and sadness-free life, but it gives you the strength and the patience to overcome it all. It also gives you the direction and vision that you need to overcome a lot of the obstacles that you face in the day-to-day. Perspective is everything, and I would argue that that is the reason why most LDS people live happier... simply because they can see things from an altitude that most people don't. When someone dies in a member family, there's the hope of something better from the plan of salvation. When you face a difficult trial in life, you can recognize that God is doing it to help you to learn and grow. When you're married in the temple, you know that it's forever--not just 'til death do you part. Little things like that make it all awesome. So, the main differences come being your perception of life, your direction, and the lack of things that are gonna bring heartache... that means alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, etc are not a part of your life so that you can live happier and more free of guilt. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Kurt
To come to earth, gain experience, die, be resurrected, and become a god... notice the lower-case g. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Kurt
To what do I attribute the growth of the church? Because it's the truth. Anyone who honestly tries to find out if it's true will receive an answer that it is, as they apply the gospel to their lives and ask God in faith. I can almost guarantee there is no other church on the face of the earth that would be brave enough to say "pray and ask God if our church is true." This is simply because they can't guarantee the same results. There are three types of christianity in our day: Those who claim ignorance by saying "God is a mystery," those who intellectually pursue it by saying "the Bible is the ultimate authority, so study the crap out of it," and then there's us. Learn it, live it, and pray about it. If you do, you'll find out it's true by the power of the Holy Spirit. Human knowledge is fallible. God's is not. If you ask him to enlighten you, he will do so as you are willing to act according to the answer you receive. Show more Show less