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Hi I'm Curtis

I'm a motorcycle and offroad enthusiast, die hard fly fisherman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 30 years old outdoors and motorcycle enthusiast from Arizona who's been married for about 2 years and just had a bouncing baby boy. Earlier this year I graduated with a MBA degree and I now work in sales for a web marketing company. I'm a huge sports fan and I love to get out my competitiveness through playing sports. I"m a "work hard, play hard" person and I do my best to live according to the 4 F's: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun.

Why I am a Mormon

This week I had an interesting experience at work. In an effort to get to know a coworker better, I invited him to lunch. During conversation, it came up that I'm a Mormon. With a hint of sarcasm, he asked "Do you REALLY believe that guy Smith found gold tablets?" My answer was and is, firmly, "Yes". How did I acquire faith to believe such an abnormal thing happened in modern times, since miracles of the same magnitude... Jesus walking on water, Moses parting the Red Sea... seem to no longer happen? How can I tell truth from fiction? One of the most fascinating and unique things about the LDS faith is our belief in personal revelation. We believe anyone who earnestly seeks to know truth with an open heart, may approach God in humble prayer and receive answers through the influence of the Holy Ghost, see John 14:26. ISN'T THAT AWESOME!!?!! As a teenager, I knelt in prayer one night wanting to ask my Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon is true and if Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God, for if those things are true, I know the LDS faith is whole and real. This moment was special because I knew that God would not lie to me. I felt a distinguishable peace fall upon me, and a strong impression came to my mind saying "Yes. You already knew these things are true". This is one of dozens of moments where the Comforter has confirmed to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church. Another reason why I'm a Mormon is because the closer I live by the Christian teachings taught by our church, the more peace and happiness I have in my life. Being a Mormon does not mean that you're a good person, just like you don't have to be Mormon to be a good person. But I challenge you to live by its teachings to see for yourself the additional blessings and peace that comes through living according to Christ's gospel.

How I live my faith

In simplest terms, I live my faith by loving my wife and son, by treating others as I wish to be treated, and by sharing my good fortune with others. At the end of the day, I think those are the things that matter most. There are many ways to share and to serve, however, one of the most rewarding ways is through helping out at church. My responsibilities have varied from serving as a missionary in Brazil to teaching kids Bible stories on Sunday. The size of the responsibility is unimportant to me, rather, the opportunity to put my Christian beliefs in action is what I value. None of us get paid. We're there because that's where we want to be!

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Curtis
While my church did once practice polygamy, its been a century since that took place. Its also important to note that polygamy occurred in many instances in the Bible...see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon. Why did God want His people to practice polygamy? Honestly, I'm not sure. I imagine it was hard to do on both the part of the husband and the wife. There are many things about the gospel of Jesus Christ that I don't understand, and that is OK. Not even Peter, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John knew everything about Jesus and His gospel. None of us know everything. What is important is to focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ and to do our best to understand and follow them. Show more Show less