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Hi I'm Kurt

I'm a husband, a father, a jack of all trades but master of none, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born and raised in Minnesota alongside 3 brothers and 3 sisters. When I was 12, my parents were divorced and I relocated with my mom and most of my siblings to Utah. I thought a lot about my family dynamics/challenges during my teenage years and grew firm in my desire to succeed in marriage and family. This year, I'm celebrating an extremely fun and fulfilling decade of marriage to my near-perfect spouse. She teaches me everything I need to know about living right and I provide her with unlimited opportunities to learn patience. Since our Marriage in 2003, we've been on the move. After graduating from BYU in Provo, we moved to Beijing China where we collected a daughter, a son, a career path in Human Resources, and almost 4 years of friendships and experiences. From there we moved to Ithaca NY and completed a Masters Program in HR, also spending a summer interning in San Francisco CA. After school, we accepted a job offer with a global financial services company in New York City and there welcomed another baby boy to the ranks. We then moved to Delaware and welcomed our newest addition, a girl, to the family and are now preparing for a job change and move to Ohio. With all this change, it's nice to have some constants in our life. Family, friends and church provide that foundation for us and have brought countless blessings and constant learning and development.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon faith and to be honest, have never doubted it. I think it makes sense and that the message is complete. I believe that truth is validated through a spiritual witness, like a prompting or feeling. Similar to when you do a good deed and feel in your heart that you did the right thing. I have experienced this divine validation of truth many times and it reinforces my beliefs. My great grandfather on my father’s side was not born into the Mormon faith. He lived in Sweden and was given a Book of Mormon from a friend. A devout Lutheran, he was against the idea of another book of scripture. He was committed to helping his wayward friend, but in the process of discussing religion and reading the book, he had his own spiritual witness that the message of the Book of Mormon was true. Being all but disowned by his family and rejected by many of his friends, he joined the Mormon Church and migrated to the US. I wonder what it would have been like to walk away from his families deeply rooted religious history and tradition for something relatively unknown to the world. Why did he do it and sacrifice so much? Why would anyone do it if they didn't really believe? I think he joined the faith for the same reason I stay. We both have felt a spiritual witness that this book is true and that it adds strength and clarity to the message of Christ and his central role as savior of the world.

How I live my faith

My first priority is to live my faith at home. I'm a big believer in the value of the home and the role of fathers and mothers in teaching our kids by example. We incorporate the scriptures and prayer into our daily routine at home. Sometimes we read for 20 minutes and sometimes for 20 seconds, but we feel it's important to build good habits now. We also have a weekly "family night" every Monday where we spend time together to learn about gospel principles, serve others, or enjoy an activity together. This venue allows us to combat many of the negative influences that find their way into our home. We address these issues together and remind each other of the value of love and unity. Outside the home, I try to be actively engaged where needs exist. I enjoy serving alongside friends in the community and have supported relief efforts from flooding, hurricanes, etc. I'm grateful for the organization of the church which provides structure in service. I also serve in my local church unit as a Clerk. I meet with our Bishop and his counselors weekly to support them in meeting the varied needs of the ward members including maintaining financial and membership records. Lastly, I live my faith by attempting to follow the principles I know to be true as I make choices each day. My dedication to this ebbs and flows, but I continually try to improve. To reach my potential, I know I must get better each day. It's not enough to believe or to know something. You must do what you believe.