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Hi I'm Kurt Schimmelbusch

I grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. I love soccer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am nineteen years old. I have finished my freshman year at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT, where I am majoring in Humanities. I am preparing to serve a full-time, two-year mission in São Paulo, Brazil. Throughout my life, I have enjoyed sports including soccer, basketball, rugby, and cross-country running. I have also enjoyed camping and hiking in the outdoors and am an Eagle Scout. I have roots in Austria and Germany, and speak conversational German fairly well. I also love my pioneer and cattle-ranching heritage that originated in the Southwest of the U.S. I also love to sing and have sung in a Capella performance groups in high school. My family is extremely important to me. I come from a family of six boys and one girl--I am the oldest.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite being raised Mormon, I have had to develop my own faith. Throughout my life, I have found peace and satisfaction in my faith. However, at some point I had to know for myself if the faith I had been following was true. In our faith, we believe that additional scripture has been revealed. This scripture pertains to the latter-Days (now)--that was written in ancient times. The Book of Mormon contains this ancient scripture and supports the Bible. In fact, the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion, supporting every aspect of our Church. This book invites us to read it, consider its message in sincerity, and then to ask God whether it is true. As I grew older from my my childhood, I knew that I had to know for sure whether that path I had been taught to follow was absolutely true. Wanting to put the book's promise to the test, I decided to prayerfully read and consider it. As I pondered the messages contained in the Book of Mormon and asked God, I experienced an overwhelming feeling of peace and contentment with its message. I felt a real, powerful feeling of love from my Heavenly Father--a feeling comparable to the love felt from a loving parent. I had found my answer: the Book of Mormon and other revealed scripture, along with the Bible, contain the fullness of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ, restored back onto the earth for our time. Because of this truth, we can have hope in eternal life with our families. Additionally, the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ means that all of its teachings are true, and that living its teachings in this life can bring true happiness.

How I live my faith

At BYU I attended a student ward, but started to attend my home ward when I finished school. I am active in my ward and enjoy the opportunities I have to make long-lasting friendships and participate in fun ward activities, partake of the Sacrament, learn, teach, and serve. All members of a ward are assigned a calling, or special assignment of service for the church. In my student ward, I was an executive secretary for the Bishop, which required many hours of preparing agendas, scheduling, and going to planning meetings. I was also a home teacher, which means that I visit members of the ward with my home teaching companion once a month. We visit with the ward members, administer to their needs, and share messages with them from The Ensign (a magazine with messages from special servants of Jesus Christ, including His apostles and the living-day prophet Thomas S. Monson). In addition to being a home teacher, I am also home-taught, which means that I have home teachers, designated to teach me and help me with my needs. I also meet with a Family Home Evening group. In a student ward, we are divided into "families," with whom we meet weekly. Occasionally, we will share a brief spiritual thought, participate in fun activities, and/or perform service for others.