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Hi I'm Curtis

I'm a father, husband, friend, and estate planning attorney. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in the great central valley of California. My wife and I moved here in 1989 with our two young sons. The only people we knew were the lawyers in the law firm who had hired me. Since that time we have made many new friends both in and out of the church. We now have eight beautiful children who continue to bless us each and every day. I enjoy watching professional basketball and baseball and college football. I love to sing and enjoy sharing my talents with others. Most of all I enjoy my relationship with my beloved Vivian and our sons and daughters. I am most grateful for the blessing of being a husband and father. Our children are active in many activities like soccer, gymnastics, cross-country running, basketball, singing, piano, and cooking. They bring us a lot of joy as we see them grow with a desire to be good people and strive to follow the teachings of Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught about the Lord Jesus Christ by parents who love Him and by teachers who loved me and shared their belief in Jesus Christ. I was taught that God spoke to man through prophets. I learned that these prophets spoke of Christ, the promised Messiah. I learned that Christ was born of a virgin mother and that he had power to perform mighty miracles. I learned about the death and resurrection of Jesus, his appearance to Mary, his disciples, and others. I learned that he also visited "other sheep" who lived on the American continent. I learned of the apostasy. I learned about the work of Martin Luther, Tynsdale and other reformers. I was taught about Joseph Smith, the First Vision, the Book of Mormon, the restoration of priesthood power from John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John. I learned that God has not left us alone and that we have a living prophet, called by God, to direct the affairs of the Kingdom of God on the earth. My parents taught me to love Jesus Christ. They invited me to follow him. They taught me the meaning of baptism. I learned to love Jesus and wanted to follow him and so I was baptized. My faith has matured as I have studied, prayed and tried to follow Jesus Christ. I am aware of my weaknesses and the mistakes that I make in my life. I am grateful for the truth that Jesus Christ has provided a way that I might be redeemed from my imperfect and fallen state by exercising faith in his love and mercy to all those who believe in him.

How I live my faith

Our family tries our best to follow the teachings of the Savior. We pray together as a family each morning before we leave for work and school. In the evening we read together from the scriptures and discuss how the words of God apply in our daily lives. Then we kneel and pray together before retiring to bed. Once a week, usually on Monday evening, we spend the evening together playing games, teaching gospel lessons, singing together, and enjoying some time together. Our young children love to participate by leading us in a song or game. Our older children will sometimes take turns teaching a gospel principle. Like many others who share my faith, I give service to my church. Presently, I work with the full-time missionaries serving in our local congregation of the church. This gives me the opportunity to meet many people in our community who are doing their best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have made many new friends and my family has been richly blessed by our association with these good people.

Are Mormons Christians?

When an individual is baptized and confirmed as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the individual has made a commitment to follow Christ, to always remember him, and to keep his commandments. Each week in our church services we partake of the sacrament to renew the covenant we have made to remember him, take his name upon us, and keep his commandments. Sermons delivered in our church services are focused on the Savior and his teachings. Everything we are encouraged to study and do is focused on living the kind of life that Jesus Christ has taught us to live. The teachings of the Holy Bible are central to our beliefs in Christ. The Book of Mormon provides another testimony that Christ lives and loves all of his children. It's teachings provide another witness of the truth that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less