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Hi I'm Kurtis

I'm a Mormon. I enjoy teaching medical students about how the heart works

About Me

I have been married for 45 years and have 7 children and 9 grandchildren, only one grand daughter. After getting married I got my BS degree, served 3.5 years in the Army as a clinical specialist, including a year in Vietnam. I then went on to get my MS and PhD degrees in physiology. I started out in research with some teaching. Now I teach and do some research. I have been teaching cardiovascular physiology for 34 years, 25 of those to medical students. The human body, especially the heart is a true marvel, witnessing God as our creator. I love to go mountain climbing and see the majesty of God's creation from the tops of mountains. I do photography and build and fly control line model planes as hobbies. I have had many positions in the church and currently have the privileged of sealing families as eternal units for time and for all eternity. I also have the wonderful opportunity to performing eternal marriages in the temple.

Why I am a Mormon

Church doctrine is important to me, what the church officially believes. I fully accept the doctrines taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (Mormon is not the name of the church). As stated in its name, I believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God, that He suffered and died for our sins and was resurrected. That He now stands on the right hand of God, anxious to have us return to Him and His Father. That is what the church teaches and that is what I believe. That is the main reason that I am a "Mormon." The second is reason is just as important to me. I know that our Father in Heaven has provided a plan that allows ALL of His children to return to Him, regardless of where or when they lived. I could not be a member of a religion that in any way excluded any of God's children from the opportunity of having ALL of the blessings that He has made available to them through the atonement of His only begotten Son. His plan is totally inclusive. Finally, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know it is true. I did grow up in the church and have ancestors who joined the church at its beginning. However, family history and tradition are not enough for me to be a member. I had to know for myself, and I do.

How I live my faith

During my time in the church I have served in almost every position in scouting. I have taught youth, been a Bishop and Stake President and now serve as a Sealer in a temple. I have taught many different Sunday School classes and currently teach the class for those investigating the church or who have recently joined the church. The simple answer to the question, is that I try to do as so many people both in and out of the church do by asking myself "what would Jesus do" and then do that.