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Hi I'm Curtis

I'm from California. I'm a composer and a doctoral candidate. I'm a father of twins. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love bringing ideas to life through the music write. Along with composing I connect music students to career information and resources through my university's office of entrepreneurship and career development. When I'm not knee deep in professional hobbies I write album reviews for a prog rock think tank, bake bread from scratch, write poetry, photograph mushrooms, and cast giant bubbles--among other ends and odds. My wife and I have twin boys. They are a source of endless smiles and unpredictable wiles. I get to spend a lot of time with them as my wife teaches English full time and I'm the one with the flexible (doctoral student) schedule. Being a daddy is amazing fun.

Why I am a Mormon

We humans want happiness more than anything else. We might think we want money or power or health or knowledge or whatever, but when you think about why we want things it's because we want to be happy. To the extent that I live the gospel I am happy. So, I guess you could say that I'm a Mormon because it's the answer to one of life's greatest secrets--happiness.

How I live my faith

Participating is one of the most direct ways I live my faith. The LDS church has no paid clergy or offices. Pretty amazing when you think of it, a14+ million member, world wide non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers! I currently serve in the church as an executive administrative assistant to the bishop (local congregation leader). I set up interviews, plan meeting agendas, help with logistics, manage emails, and do what I can to make the bishop's schedule run smoothly. It's a change of pace for me and I love it. Watching how the church functions is a fascinating grass-roots experience. The leaders, who as I've mentioned are not paid, are also selected by inspiration from the congregation, not from a seminary or other professional backgrounds. So our bishop is a full-time bishop and a high school biology teacher. Our youth group leader is an astronomy doctoral student. And me, the administrative assistant, I'm a composer! How does the church work?! The Lord prepares those who he calls. And those he calls, be it organizing schedules or helping family members through financial challenges, look to God and ask for guidance. As we humble ourselves and ask and do our best to listen to what God wants us to do, we accomplish things we never could have done on our own.