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Hi I'm Kurtis

I'm a Mormon, a Husband, and a Father.

About Me

I am married to a beautiful woman. We have three incredible children. I work as a registered nurse in the County Jail after being a correction deputy there for 10 yrs. I enjoy learning (science & theology mostly), music (singing, guitar, songwriting), gun-smithing & sports shooting, writing (science fiction), meeting people, camping, the occasional video game or anime, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church when I was born. Most of my ancestors back to the early 1800s were members as well. Despite having this background, when I was an adolescent I reached a point at which I felt that needed to know for myself whether or not the Church was true. I felt it was and it all made sense to me, but I was concerned that it might simply be a result of having been raised in the Church and taught that it was true for my whole life. I attended other churches on occasion and studied the writings of other faiths and though it was apparent to me that each of them held many truths, none of them rested well with me or could answer all my questions about life, God & Christ, our relationship to Them, or how to draw nearer to Them. Being a skeptic by nature, I couldn't accept a religion that didn't answer ALL my questions and especially could not concede to a faith that demanded or even encouraged me to simply accept things without questioning and finding out for myself if it was true. Because the LDS faith had answers to all my questions, I reached an "intellectual" conversion to the faith but still felt that it was simply intellectual. I was familiar with both the verses in James 1:5-6 and Moroni 10: 3-5 and their counsel to ask God in prayer to know what is true and though I had prayed before, I had never put a great deal of energy into it. I decided that must change and I prayed with greater energy, sincerity, and increased sense of commitment to follow whatever answer I received. After doing so for some time, the answer came, clear and undeniable, that the Bible and Book of Mormon were in fact the word of God and that God continues to call prophets to guide us today. At the time those answers were the reason I remained a Mormon. Now, however, I realize that I remain a Mormon because I have come to understand that I have and continue to draw nearer to our Christ through learning and living the principles I learn through it.

How I live my faith

The #1 way I live my faith is in my efforts to be the best husband and father I can be. There is nothing more important and no area of my life where the principles of Christ's Gospel has had a more profound effect. One of my favorite things about the Church is the fact that it is sustained by its membership. I believe that this is Heavenly Father's way of providing for us the opportunities to grow and develop. This has given me the opportunities to serve in many church capacities from teaching in the nursery to organizing events and activities for an entire congregation. Currently, I work with the youth as an advisor to the young men to help them understand and fulfill their duty to God. Outside of the church I live my faith by trying to be an influence for good upon all whom I come in contact with. I work in a harsh environment - a jail - with people who are often difficult to work with and generally neglected. I strive to follow the Saviors injunction of not judging others by treating all with respect despite knowing what they may have done. I enjoy serving in the community and have done so for many years in various capacities, including teaching first aid and safety classes for the American Red Cross, teaching Child Abduction & Crime Prevention, Women’s Self-defense, and General Self-defense classes, and most recently as a member of the local CERT - Community Emergency Response Team - and volunteering as a nurse at a local homeless urgent care clinic.