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Hi I'm Kurt

I grew up Mormon. I love politics. I consider myself a liberal. I love talking about politics. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a father of 5 daughters and 1 son and a husband for nearly 20 years. I am a small business owner. I love politics. I love reading and talking about politics especially with those who have a different point of view than me. I love trying to understand why people believe what they believe. There is not a better time I can have than to just talk. I do other things too, like going to the movies, hiking, and traveling. However sitting down with someone and just talking about whatever interest them is my favorite thing to do. Here in the United States I would consider myself a liberal in most things, but not all. I believe that if I can't see both parts of an issue I don't see the whole issue. In the end my interest in politics is just a hobby and no more important than someone else's interest in sports. The more important part of my life is the time I spend with my family. Taking time to talk one on one with my kids (and my wife) is infinitely more important to me. We have 2 kids who have been diagnosed with Autism. They have taught us a lot, but it does not define completely who they are. When they were younger life was crazy challenging. Life has always been an adventure for us. We have been successful financially and we have lost everything. We have moved a lot but not always by choice. We did choose to live for a year in France. The church has always been the constant in our lives. Wherever we have lived the church and the gospel have been our foundation and support.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon so that is the only point of view that I have experienced. Even though I never strayed away from church I had some very difficult times where I had to come to believe for myself that this was not just a nice place to be, but the place I have to be. I served a mission for the church when I was 19. At an especially low point of my mission I felt like I had lost my faith entirely. I was discouraged. I believed that the only reason that I wouldn't leave my mission was because I was a coward. I was afraid that I would embarrass my parents and myself. I spoke with my mission president and I learned a very important lesson. He asked if I thought that the church was not the true church of God. I said, "No. I just don't know that it is true like I thought I should know as a missionary" He taught me that believing my parents who had told me they knew it was true is believing that it is true. I realized I could say that I believed it was true, if only because I believed them. Although I wanted to know for myself there was nothing wrong with believing. Later I would have experiences that would take me beyond just believing my parents, but that was very critical for my understanding of what it meant to believe. I have had so many experiences now that I have a hard time saying I just believe. I feel like I know that the church is the church of Jesus Christ as well as I know anything in my life. I don't take this for granted. I know that I must live the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ or I could lose what I have. This is my overall testimony of the Church; however, I have had specific experiences that have made my testimony in important aspects of the Gospel. For example I have a strong belief in the Atonement as I have seen it work impossible miracles in my life. I have a knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the mission of the prophet Joseph Smith. I continue to desire to grow my faith. I have not reached the finish line.

How I live my faith

The most important part of living my faith is what I do in the home. This is an evolving challenge as circumstances change. I try to teach my family that spiritual nourishment is as important as physical nourishment and we remind ourselves of that when we say a blessing at every meal. I try to ensure that we have a family prayer every evening. Before we have prayer together everyone will say something for which they are thankful that day. It could be something simple like ice cream or something significant such as being grateful that we made it home safely from an overnight trip. After the prayer everyone gives me and their mother a hug where we tell them we love them. Other important aspects of our living our faith in the home is the weekly family night we have on Mondays and the monthly father's interviews I do. There are other things we do to live our faith in the home. I feel like the church is a support to our family living the gospel. Scouts gives me specific things to do with my son on a regular basis. The young women's program gives us specific things we can talk about and work on with our daughters. Outside of the home we are dedicated to attending church. I never know when a lesson I might hear might have a bigger impact than usual. It isn't every Sunday that I walk away something significant, but if not it is a place for me to worship God and his Son Jesus Christ and that is important to me. The church as a community has been very useful to me. One night I got a call from a woman in the church whose battery had died and whose husband was at work. I called at least 10 people before I got a hold of someone who could help me rescue her. When I told this story to a co-worker he was amazed. He said that he had lived in the same community for over 10 years and couldn't think of 3 people he could call in the middle of the night to help him. I had only lived in the area for a few months and calling 10 or more took almost no effort or thought.