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Hi I'm Kurt

Midlife career angst sent me back to college for a PhD. I love seeking answers to difficult questions. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Life's too short to spend it making money in faraway places, miles from the ones you love. That's why I left a lucrative career as a management consultant and returned to college for a PhD. I realized that my wife and children deserve my top effort, energy, time, and creativity, not what's left over after a demanding project with some multinational corporation in Geneva or Singapore. Earning a living is an important responsibility, of course, and I'm committed to excellence in my academic career. I study organizational behavior and find organizations endlessly fascinating. But the most fascinating organization is my family. My favorite times are spent with them, making music, camping, cooking, cleaning the garage, biking, skiing, playing cards, or rooting for the San Francisco Giants.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my religion. I was born into it, but like most people, I reached a time when I had to decide whether to stick with my family's Mormon traditions. Two factors are central in my decision. First, I believe in the reality of spiritual things, such as the existence of a loving Heavenly Father, the continuation of life after death, and the ability to connect with a purpose and a power beyond that of our mortal realm. I have felt this conviction confirmed in my soul, and have witnessed myriad instances of divine intervention in my life and in the lives of family and friends. Mere physical or probabilistic explanations of these experiences are entirely inadequate. Second, I have lived according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and find that when I do, I am happier. I've seen the same pattern in the lives of countless others. In short, Christ's teachings work. (See John chapter 7 verse 17.) Following Christ's way helps me be a kinder, healthier, less selfish, more service-oriented and hence more joyful person. These are things that I value and hope to pass on to my children and their children.

How I live my faith

Reading from the Bible and Book of Mormon is something we do as a family every day. We kneel in prayer together at the close of each day and give thanks to God for our blessings. I love attending my church services each Sunday, and my kids are involved in wholesome church-related activities throughout the week, giving service in the community, playing sports, camping, going to dances and parties, and participating in theater production. One of the hallmarks of my church is its lack of a professional clergy. This means that over the years, I've taken my turn in a variety of church positions such as teaching Sunday School classes, giving sermons, and helping to administer to a local congregation. Time spent loving and serving each other brings a closeness and trust within our community and provides a lot of valuable leadership experience to the women and men who voluntarily give their time and talents to make things work.