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Hi I'm Kurt

I was born and raised in Southern California where I became a Mormon when I was 20 years old. I now live in Arizona.

About Me

I am a gemologist by profession where I import and export beautiful gemstones from around the world. But the real gems of my life are my wife (my high school sweetheart who introduced me to the Church) our six daughters who are all married, a son who is currently serving his two-year Church mission in South Texas (Spanish speaking) and our 21 grandchildren (with two more due soon). I enjoy going to family events and activities and contributing as much as I can to my local church congregation and the Boy Scout troop. I also enjoy reading, writing, (but not arithmetic!) music, photography and sports. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and would love to spend more time trout fishing in the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't searching for a Church when I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in high school by a friend (who later became my wife). I went through several sets of full-time missionaries who taught me the restored gospel but I was not motivated to become a member. I didn't have a problem with most of the concepts, in fact, I believed that the Church was true. But just believing that it was true was not enough for me to be willing to change my casual lifestyle and my worldly acceptance of the philosophy of "Live and let live, every church has some truth." And, while that is basically true, careful reading of the scriptures (which I hadn't done, even though I was a church going Methodist in my youth) indicates quite clearly that there is only one true church- the Lord's church- the same one He organized while he was on the earth. A year later at college I soon met a new set of missionaries. My questions had become more challenging and I became determined to prove the missionaries wrong . I wanted empirical answers before I was willing to disturb my college lifestyle. I was too satisfied with my life of relative ease and "fun" to be bothered with anything that might cut into my leisure time. But these missionaries didn't argue about doctrine and saw me for what I was- completely uneducated about matters of the Spirit. You hear about it and think you know what it is- but I really had no idea what the Holy Ghost was or why it was important. They challenged me to study and to actually pray, vocally and on my knees (which I had never done) to know if the Church was true. I had always claimed to have read the scriptures and to have "prayed" but I had never really done more than brief meditation and had read only a few passages in the Bible. Could it be that easy? But I did it and, sure enough, I discovered for myself that the Church was true! Through the power of the Holy Ghost you can KNOW for yourself the truth of all things. Try it.

How I live my faith

Okay, I don't usually have a beard or dress in the manner of my profile picture above. That cute little lamb is not mine but had a role in a community production celebrating the life of Christ. This year my wife and I participated for the first time as cast members in the Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant "Jesus the Christ". It is the largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world. Our largest attendance was about 15,000 on the Friday night before Easter. ( learn more at www.easterpageant.org) It was an incredible, faith-promoting experience for me to be able to witness on a nightly basis the life of Jesus Christ and feel the spirit of love, service, and sacrifice He brought into the world. I was in one of the scenes where Jesus heals the blind and the sick and I can tell you that the Spirit was so strong that not a one of us felt like we were actors. Before each performance many of the cast in costume greeted the early arrivals in the audience. They would always ask me "Who are you?" Since I didn't have a name part I would say "I'm a follower of Jesus" to briefly describe my role in the presentation. It felt good to say that because not only was that a good description of my part in the pageant but also something I do in real life. I have served in many different capacities in my congregation, some of them difficult and challenging. But I know that I and my family have been blessed many times over for any service we may have rendered to others. I can testify that Christ's admonition in Matthew 10:39 "... he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it" is true. I have tested it out for myself. That one concept, so difficult for us as mortals to believe, is the key to happiness and success here on earth. Jesus Christ is our example and he said "come, follow me." The restored gospel of Jesus Christ has made me happier than I ever could have imagined. I am happiest when I can say, in word and deed, that I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I am a Mormon!