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Hi I'm Curtis

I enjoy writing poetry. I want to be a elementary school teacher. I love my wife and being outdoors. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to run. I ran track in High School and am getting in shape again. I attend college. School is enjoyable and I like to learn. Right now I am trying to be more intrinsically motivated, because when I simply strive for a grade I don't get as much out of school. I recently created a personal mission statement that drives everything I do. I got married over a year ago and enjoy the challenges and blessings that come from marriage. Family is so important to me and it is when I am with my family that I am the most happy. Mostly, I just enjoy being happy. My wife and I ask each other at the end of most days what the funniest part of the day was for one another. We find that often the answer revolves around children. They have the funniest stories to tell. We both are going to be teachers because we want to make a difference in the lives of children. I particularly want to help those who come from low income communities. I want to be a positive piece of others' lives, perhaps when it seems for them that there is nothing else to be positive about.

Why I am a Mormon

I love Jesus Christ. I know He lives. He has given me the knowledge that eternal life with my family is possible as I rely on him. As I strive to live the life of a disciple of Christ the savior's grace and influence can come into my life through sacred covenants. A covenant is a binding promise between me and God, of which He sets the terms. As I make these sacred promises by receiving ordinances, such as baptism and those found in the temple, my devotion to Christ increases and His influence and blessings flow more readily into my life. I know God speaks through prophets to guide us, His children. Because God has always done that, I know he uses prophets today and the presiding authority, the one man to whom God reveals the necessary truths for our day and time, is Thomas S. Monson. He is the oracle for God today. Joseph Smith was the first prophet called in these last days. When I follow God's prophets I feel empowered and my life is happier. I love to testify of Christ and His way. That is why I am a Mormon

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living as Christ would live. I look for opportunities to serve each day. I recognize that nothing truly belongs to me, but to God, and so service is a blessing to me. I worship the Savior weekly by going to His house and partakin of his holy sacrament, or communion. I attend His Holy Temple that I may be taught from on high. My closeness with God is always heightened as I serve in the temples that God has allowed to be on earth at this time. I am far from perfect, by I try to improve day by day.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The most correct Book of any on earth. Now let me explain. It helps correct people and their lives better than studying behavior or personality. The Book of Mormon is like the glasses that I occasionally wear. It corrects my vision so that I can be headed in the right direction. Whenever I feel slothful or selfish and then read the Book of Mormon, my heart changes. If anyone were to read a book about self improvement, I would suggest the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Homosexuality is something I am asked about sometimes. I feel that all of us have an eternal identity. We lived with God before this life as men and women. I believe God intends marriage to be between one man and one women, as one might observe with the example of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. God also allows us to be tempted that we might grow. Sometimes these temptations take the form of same gender attraction. I believe this is a temptation that can be overcome just as other temptations, that is, by faith in the Savior Jesus Christ. The temptation may always exist and may seem difficult to overcome, but our decision to act on the temptations around us will affect us eternally. God delights in chastity. He desires us to be pure in heart and to have clean hands. As we live God's laws we will be happier than if we break them. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

When I was nine my two-year old little brother drowned. It was a trying time for my family and I. Rather than becoming bitter, we grew together because of an assurance that we had. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have the promise that we can be together as a family after this life. The assurance comes from the sacred promises or covenants that we make in holy houses of God that we call temples. In the temple my wife and I made these sacred promises to each other and to God that enable one another to be linked to each other forever. I looked forward all of my life to the time when I could make these sacred promises with a woman that I love with all my heart. I know that marriage isn't always easy, but I do know that it is ordained of God. In marriage and family life we are refined and learn to become like God in ways that we cannot gain experience elsewhere in life. It has been one of my greatest desires to create a family of my own and learn to love as God does. With my family I love to create traditions, memories, and to teach and learn from each member. I know that I can be with my family and extended family forever as long as we keep the covenants that we make in the temple. Show more Show less