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Hi I'm Craig Cutler

I was born and grew up in Idaho. My career was in government contracts and acquisition. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I retired from government contract administration several years ago. Since that time my wife and I have provided volunteer service in West Africa, Canada, and Texas. We have made wonderful friends and of many different religious persuasions. We enjoy out of door activities like hiking, canoeing, and exercise. We raised five sons and now enjoy their families, although they are living in locations across the United States and Asia.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. What I know of my Father in Heaven, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost is a knowledge that comes not from seeing a light or hearing a voice – it is not knowledge characteristic of temporal facts or conditions. It is for me a singular kind of knowledge, a confident presence in me that is not localized in my head or my heart. It is at once so very tender and yet so very durable. It is personal, private, and protected – it is public, progressive, and proclaimed. It is in my desire, perspective, behavior, joy, and sorrow. Essentially it is the making and makeup of me. I know that I have a Father in Heaven who is all-powerful, unlimited in his understanding and love, and is personally concerned about me as His son. Frankly, I don’t understand how that can be as my temporal mind is temporally bounded – nevertheless I know it. Jesus Christ is my savior and master. His gospel is true and wonderful. The Holy Ghost is comforting, leading, testifying, and edifying – in a word “real”. I know of the Father and the Son through the testimony of the Holy Ghost. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because of a testimony received by the power of the Holy Ghost. The scriptures are a source of direction, strength, repentance, and satisfaction to me. The Book of Mormon has been particularly influential on me spiritually. The source of my hope is the atonement, teachings, and resurrection of Jesus. It means ever more to me as my life is spent. Insignificant as I feel - and as I am - there is a confidence inside of me that I am not overlooked, forsaken, or neglected. I feel to glory in and praise Heavenly Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

Losing my father early and growing up in a home contributed to a feeling of gratitude for the grace and love I received from the Lord and the charity extended from other people. Underlying all that I think, say, and do is my faith that there is a divine purpose for our presence on this earth and that I am responsible to to improve myself and contribute to others as best I can. Accordingly I try to show respect and kindness to everyone I encounter regardless of who or what they are. I also endeavor to improve myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. While is it obvious to me (and to others) that what I do in the Church, community, and world is very small it is often times big for me.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Craig Cutler
Across America and in foreign lands I have met people who have been told and believe (because they do not know otherwise) that Mormons are part of a cult. That opinion has always changed when they actually met a Mormon and were willing to listen to what we believe and and what we are trying to be. The good people I have met did not originated the "cult" label but had accepted it from someone else. The motives of the "someone else" I cannot judge. But I do know that the "cult" label did not survive when the person listened and was willing to feel the Spirit. Show more Show less