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Hi I'm Kolter

I'm a Montanan. I'm a science nerd. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel like I have lived through distinct chapters in my life. More accurately, the chapters in my life could be more accurately described as short stories in which I am the protagonist. Each story's main character (me) has his own distinct defining characteristics. However, now I can see how each of the "me's" are intimately connected, and the latest version of me feels much more like the very first prototype than the intermediate models. Some people that knew me in various stages of my life, particularly my college years, may make the claim that I am a completely different person now. I suppose that they, perhaps, are partially correct. I have changed the way I live my life because of the lesson's which I have learned. The lessons of which I speak are not the ones I read out of a physical chemistry text book, but the school of life. Speaking of chemistry, I love it. Physics? I love it. Astronomy? LOVE. Biology isn't my favorite. Math is good. I love my education. I love my ability to recognize science in action and explain how and why things do what they do. I understand that my peers do not always share the same passion for science, but that doesn't stop me from sharing what I know. =)

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized in 1998. I was nearly 15 years old. I have a difficulty recalling specific details from this time, but a couple key particulars come to mind. Firstly, a tad of background is in order.. Prior to discussions with the missionaries, I received very little (none) religious instruction. But I did possess the knowledge that there was a God and that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world. When Elder Olsen and Elder Davies taught that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are separate beings, I accepted the rest of the lessons easily. What they taught me made sense. That's the logical side of me taking over. I believed (and still believe) that God loves His children on the earth today, just as He did in the days of Moses and Abraham. I agreed that His church is led through divine communication through a living prophet. I was baptized by the holy authority given to man from God. That was a great chapter in my life. After surviving a few more chapters of my life, I can undeniably declare that God loves me more than I can explain. I have been protected throughout my life, even when I feel like I didn't deserve that protection. I have seen the marvelous blessings of the Atonement in my life. I have found purpose and direction in following Jesus Christ. I'm humbled to know that He suffered immeasurable grief and pain for me because He loves me. He could not be bound by the chains of death. Jesus Christ is my Savior.

How I live my faith

I have been given the opportunity to serve others in various ways over the course of the past couple years. One of the ways I am able to serve others is to help them feel comfortable coming to church. I know how it feels to walk into a room, knowing I am making a correct decision, but soon I feel uncomfortable and out of place as I realize that I don't know a single person in attendance. I am far from perfect at doing this, but I try very hard to meet new people and remember them. Another responsibility I have is in sharing teaching responsibilities. Teaching is an interesting activity. I am a firm believer that when one teaches, he or she has a unique ability to learn more about the subject than the learners. It may be selfish, but that is one of my favorite parts about teaching a lesson. And it is my hope that I can help others learn what I have learned.