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Hi I'm Curtis

I am an undergraduate biochemistry major preparing for a future of cancer research, and, I am a Mormon.

About Me

Being newly married and going to college isn't easy, but it sure is fun!!! My wife and I are both undergraduate students studying chemistry and public health. We try to make everyday fun even though our studies and differing schedules often make that difficult. We love to play games together and with friends; our current favorites are Settlers of Catan and Bang! I come from a long tradition of bow-hunters, but we are actually more like bow-campers. We enjoy just being there as a family and the hunting comes as a perk. Anything else outdoors is also a favorite of mine; camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking etc. You wouldn't know it from first glance, but I am actually quite shy, especially when it comes to my playing the guitar and singing along. I love to do it, but only when nobody else is around. Money is usually tight and we don't have a lot, but we do have each other and the Lord. That is enough for me.

Why I am a Mormon

If somebody had asked me why I was a Mormon 7-8 years ago, I probably would have said something like "Because my parents are." That answer wasn't good enough for me. Even though I had grown up in the church I still needed to find out for myself whether or not it was true. It took a lot of prayer and soul searching, but a calm assurance that I was doing what was right came to my heart. Knowing that God can speak to me gives me so much comfort in this world of turmoil. I gave the Lord two years of my life to spread this message of comfort and peace to the Russian people. In that service I grew closer to my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I came to rely on prayer and personal revelation, which have helped me so much. I grow more confident every time the Lord answers a prayer or question or worry, that this truly is the true church of God on the earth.

How I live my faith

I love to help people. Growing up, my father was always the first person to answer to the call of help. Whether it was to help somebody move, rototill a garden, or collect cans of food with the scouts, he was the first to volunteer and by default that meant I was going too. First I learned to bear it, then to enjoy it. Now I try to always help others, even though I don't have very much money or time. I tutor other college students with their organic chemistry classes. I also volunteer to help tutor older couples who are struggling to learn Russian before leaving to serve missions. My wife and I are always on the lookout for those who struggle with celiac disease. We have learned a great deal about living gluten-free and love to share that knowledge with those who are having a hard time coping. Life is great, and it is even better when helping others. For when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our God.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

I lived in Russia for two years helping those not of our faith. My goal was to bring others to Christ so that they might fell the joy that is in my heart! I also strive to serve those in my own community. I taught free guitar lessons to children regardless of religious background. We are all God's children, whether we believe it or not. Show more Show less