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Hi I'm Kurtis

I'm the oldest of five. I'm pretty into the outdoors and sports. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the great Northwest in McMinnville, Oregon. I love playing sports like tennis, frisbee, running, and skiing and I pretty much love anything outdoors. I also enjoy shredding my accordion and writting songs with my bluegrass band. When I was younger I had an imaginary friend rabbit named Rabbit. Over the years, we've grown apart. But since then I've made other friends, so it's all good. I love spending time with my friends and family and just making memories and having a good time. I just finished my freshman year at BYU where I played Ultimate Frisbee and did some studying. I'm still deciding, but I'm thinking of majoring in Economics. I was recently called to serve a mission for my church to the eastern part of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Right now I'm serving in a Brazilian community in Atlanta, GA while I wait for my visa to come.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who are members of the Church. I was baptized when I was eight and have been a member of the Church since then. Along the way, I've had to decide for myself whether or not I wanted to make the Church and Jesus Christ's teachings a part of my life. And I've decided that I do. Growing up in the church, I've been able to meet many people who have chosen to live the fullness of the gospel. And I've seen the happiness and blessings it's brought them. I've also been able to meet many people who have chosen not to live it. And from my own life, I know that I'm happier when I'm actively involved in my church and living the way Jesus Christ wants me to. As I've decided to continue in my faith, I've been able to see the Lord's hand so much in my life, which has made me want to continue in my faith even more. It's a vicious cycle. One example of this is: before I left on my mission, I was one of the pickiest kids ever and I hated eating beans. When I got my call to Brazil, I knew I'd have to eat beans and try new foods all the time. And I was terrified and didn't think I could do this. But I prayed a lot and I've gained a testimony that the Lord will strengthen our weaknesses If we come unto him. I got to my mission the first day and that fear just went away. Now, serving with the Brazilian people, I eat beans pretty much every day and I'm always trying new foods. And I love it. It's been a miracle for me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying each day to be a little bit more like Jesus Christ. I look back on my childhood and remember the mistakes I made and think how little I knew and small my faith was then. But I've learned so much from them and I know when I'm like 50, I'll look back on this time in my life and think the same thing. Because I know that as it says in the Book of Mormon: "this life is a time to prepare to meet God." So I make a lot of mistakes, but as long as I'm always getting better, I'm happy. As a missionary, I'm having to take living my faith to the next level. I'm a 24/7 representative of Jesus Christ, so now, more than ever, I have to live accordingly. One thing I love about being a missionary, is seeing the change it brings in myself. It's such a great opportunity to develop more charity and faith and humility and all the other Christlike attributes. But the best part about being a missionary is seeing the change the gospel can bring in other people's lives. My purpose as a missionary is to invite and people people come closer to Christ. As I try to do this, it's brought me so much happiness.