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Hi I'm Curtis

I grew up all over the world as a child in a military family, but I consider myself mostly a Texan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a middle-aged man closer to the end of my career than the beginning. I have two college degrees, in Biology and Accounting. I'm a CPA, but I currently work in industry rather than accounting. I have been married for more than 30 years. My wife and I were never able to have children, but I love children and work with them whenever I have the opportunity. In the past I have served in leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America and in church programs designed for teenagers. I enjoy books, movies, and television. I also enjoy archery, cooking and flying radio control airplanes.

Why I am a Mormon

In my early twenties, I realized I had little overall direction in my life and didn't like where it seemed to be heading. I was introduced to the Book of Mormon by a work acquaintance and my life was forever changed. I received a strong testimony that the book was the word of God, and that prophets were once again on the earth. I took the opportunity to share my testimony with others during a two-year full-time mission for the church. Upon returning from my mission, I married a young woman I had met in college. She was seeking someone who would believe the same things she did, and live the same standards she had chosen to live. We were married for time and all eternity in a temple of the Lord. I remain a member of the church because of my testimony of its truthfulness and because it has provided me with the direction I have needed throughout my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following my beliefs and by sharing my joy in the gospel with others who are interested in hearing about it while NOT sharing it with those who have no interest! I have been blessed to serve in many different areas in the church, from clerical positions to opportunites to teach adults and children. I have also served in leadership positions. I also live my faith by making a strong effort to share the blessings the Lord has given me with those less fortunate than I am. I was very poor when I joined the church. With the financial help of others I was able to serve a mission and get a college education. My wife and I, together, have since sought to share our many blessings from the Lord with others. In so doing we have come to understand that the Lord is more generous than we could ever have imagined. My faith has been such a blessing in my life. I am grateful to a Heavenly Father who has done so much for me, and hope I can continue to do some good for others.

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely! We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He died for our sins. In fact, the name of our church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that we cannot get into heaven except through the salvation of Jesus Christ. While I understand why ignorant people might choose to believe that we are not Christians, I do not understand why people who know what we believe choose to deny us our Christianity. I hope that none of us would ever do the same to someone else who claims Jesus Christ as his or her Savior. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that family relationships are one of the few things that we can carry with us beyond the grave. Experience and education are others. If we spend our entire lives trying to gather treasure, we will pass into the next life with nothing. If, on the other hand, we have wonderful experiences and rich relationships with those closest to us, we take with us great treasures. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We believe that the purpose of life is to demonstrate a willingness to improve ourselves over the course of our lifetimes. We do this by making good choices, or by correcting any bad choices we have made. We believe that we lived with Heavenly Father God before we were born, and that if we make good choices we can return to live with Him again. We have been given the blessing of forgetting our association with God before we came to the earth in order to prove our worth to ourselves by making good choices as an exercise of faith. Show more Show less