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Hi I'm John Curry

I'm a college professor who teaches people how to teach. I'm a HUGE sports fan, and yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of four, a husband of one, and a college professor to many. In my immense free time--yeah, right!--and when I'm not attending ball games, scouts, or other school functions for the kids, I like to golf and fish. Actually, I like to make my own golf clubs. I'm not very handy with tools, so it's been fun to learn. I'm an okay golfer, but I'd love to be better. Professionally, I teach. I have a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology. What does that mean? Well, I teach people how to design instruction so that it's more effective, efficient, and engaging. I'm fascinated by the learning process, and I feel really blessed to be able to do something I love so terribly much.

Why I am a Mormon

First of all, I was born into the Church. Both of my parents and my five older sisters all converted to the Church, but I was the first child born afterwards. But beyond that, I'm a Mormon because I believe it. I really do! I have felt the assurance of the Holy Ghost telling me that the complete gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the Earth in these latter days. I know that God uses prophets today just like He did with the ancient Church, and I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon both testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Above all, I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that only through Him and applying His sacrifice in our lives, can we return to live with our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith pretty much the same way I think others try to. I try to do the right thing. I pray and read the scriptures. I try to treat people as Jesus treated others and how I would like to be treated. I go to Church on Sunday and Wednesday, I love my family, and I love the Lord. And it's that love that drives everything I do. At this current time, I'm serving as the Ward Mission Leader of our congregation. That means I coordinate the missionary efforts between the members of our congregation and that of the full-time missionaries (the guys in the white shirts with the black name tags) serving in our congregation. So I try and make sure the missionaries have people to teach and members to go with them to teach. I don't get paid, nor would I want to. Before that, I served three years as my ward's bishop (like the pastor of the congregation) and before that, I served eight years as the Young Men's President, which is like a Youth Pastor. But to be honest, I don't care HOW I serve, as long as I am found worthy to serve. I believe that everything in my life came from the Lord, and it is my responsibility to serve him in a spirit of gratitude and love.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

John Curry
A ward or a branch are just names for local congregations. The distinction is made by the number of members and a few other details. A stake is a group of wards or branches. A ward is presided over by a bishop, a branch is presided over by a branch president, a stake is presided over by a stake president. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

John Curry
ABSOLUTELY! We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he atoned for our sins. We believe that only through Him will we be saved from our sins. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

John Curry
Nope. Young men between the ages of 19 and 25 who are physically capable and found worthy are expected to do so. Young women who are over 21 and Senior couples can if they desire, but they are not expected to do so. I can say this much: I'm glad I served mine. It's not like giving up two years of your life, on your own dime, is easy. But mine changed my life. Show more Show less