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Hi I'm Kurt

Raised in Salt Lake City, lived briefly in California, I created and own a telecommunications company. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wife and three kids that I love to spend time with. We enjoy doing "family movie night" every Friday. I am a small business owner, which takes up most of my time. What little time I have left is spent playing video games, shooting amateur photography, a bit of travel, and hitting the gym. One of the hardest things I have done was training for and running leg #34 (about 2,000 vertical feet in 4 miles) on the third leg of Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back. After studying Physics in college, I earned a JD and MBA. My profession is telecommunications, and my specific area of expertise is network and data engineering and architecture. I am a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), and I have designed networks for Fortune 500 companies as well as national and international Internet service providers. I enjoy chatting with people, whether in person or online, about their beliefs and discovering similarities and differences. I believe that almost everyone is a good person and I enjoy associating with diverse people and learning from them and about them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for two reasons. The first is my belief that the doctrines/teachings taught in the church are true. As I have read and studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I have received a personal witness by the power of the Spirit of God -- the Holy Ghost, that these sacred books contain the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that they are true. As I continue to learn and read and study, this conviction has deepened. And as I try to practice the gospel of Jesus Christ in my daily walk, this strengthens my witness of the truthfulness of the gospel. The second reason is that the Mormon church as an organized institution puts opportunities in my path pretty much daily to help and serve others. These opportunities help me, and in some cases practically force me, to *practice* being a Christian, not just to profess a belief without any real life-changing results. In the Mormon church, we do not have a professional or paid clergy. This church only runs because of the volunteer efforts of its members. There is no "outsourcing" here. Our local bishop works full-time for a book supply company. Another leader, my next-door neighbor, is a full-time salesman. I teach sunday school to adults and youth, etc. And if these individuals did not chip in to serve in these church capacities, we wouldn't have a church. To me that is a marvelous witness of the truthfulness of this church, and it is the essence of what being a Mormon is all about. One of the most remarkable aspects of it all is, nobody campaigns or votes who gets what job. We are all called, by inspiration, and are happy to accept the call to serve because we know ultimately that it comes from the Lord.

How I live my faith

In my local church, I am currently a Sunday School teacher. I teach adults as well as young men and women the gospel of Jesus Christ. I enjoy the association with friends and neighbors. It is important to me that people not just preach or profess what they believe, but live according to their beliefs, no matter what their faith. People whom I respect the most -- whether Mormon or not -- are those who practice what they preach. I try my best to be like those I admire by doing the same. For me that is the defining characteristic of being a Christian and a Mormon.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kurt
A testimony is what most other Christian denominations refer to as a personal witness. When a Mormon "bears his/her testimony," he or she is sharing their personal witness of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less