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Hi I'm Curtis

I love the cold but I live in the heat, I can say "Toy Boat" 10 times fast, and I am a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the greatest place on earth. I went to college for a semester studying Chemical Engineering before serving in the Arizona, Phoenix Mission. Taking two years out of my life to serve the Lord creates a joy in my heart that I did not know I could feel. I enjoy the outdoors and I am a huge football fan, I love to play racquetball and do so nearly every morning.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this church for my whole life. However everyone has to make the decision to believe in what they have been brought up in, or reject it. Some people may view "mormons" as people who blindly follow and do what they are told. I am here to tell you that this is not true, we have personalities, unique and special. Personally I am really stubborn and it is hard to change my mind, but I will tell you this: God is really good at showing me that no matter what I THINK I know, God KNOWS better. However he still lets me make decisions for myself in order to learn from my experiences. Agency, or the freedom to choose, has played a vital role in my life. After making many mistakes I decided that I was not happy and chose to make reconciliation with God. After feeling guilt, shame and pain, I looked towards Christ and strived to follow his example and I experienced a mighty change of heart, I felt the Atonement of our Lord free me from the captivity of sin. The joy that I felt to be rid of all the guilt I have ever experienced has changed me forever. If you want to experience that same joy, read this: Alma ch. 36 in the Book of Mormon. I know that this church is true and that everyone who wants the truth and to be rid of the stain of past sins, simply needs to go to Jesus Christ and what better way to be acquainted with him than to read his word in the Bible and The Book of Mormon. Remember God loves YOU and wants YOU to be happy

How I live my faith

Being a member of this church is no easy thing, it requires so much of your energy and your capability to serve. I believe that that is the way that God wanted it to be. I believe that because we are given so much in this life, much is required of us. It brings a sense of reward when I accomplish something that was hard. I know that I learn from tough times and that I am a better person because of my experiences. I try to keep good, clean, moral values that will bless my family and friends when I am around them. This really brings true happiness to me. I really love to enjoy myself, I have to be entertained every moment of my life. I believe that God gave us humor to get through the hard times, as long as we keep it clean, a laugh is always a step closer to happiness Each generation of people on this earth can change the world for the better. Everyone knows the cliche statement "one man can change the world." I truly believe that, one man did change the world: Jesus Christ. If we learn about him and try to be just like he is, then we will have the true joy that everyone really wants and needs in life. The only way that we can know Him personally is by reading his word and talking to him. The Book of Mormon has brought me so close to my Savior and I know that anyone who wants to reach out and find the truth simply has to open the book, then get on their knees and ask God if he really is there, and if he really did send his Son to die for us. On this hangs our entire church: does God really speak to us? Well, find out for yourself. Right now I am serving a mission, a mission is a period of 2 years that men 19 years and up go to serve the Lord and share the Gospel, just like the apostles in the New Testament.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Curtis
Yes, we do believe God has called a prophet. The Bible supports this claim: Amos 3:7, "For surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" We also learn from the scriptures that the church is "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" (Ephesians 2:20). All of these scriptures aside, how do we know there is a prophet today? The answer is located in Matthew 7:16 "Ye shall know them by their fruits." So what is the fruit of the prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? THE BOOK OF MORMON. Everything in our Church leans upon this book, it has been called the Keystone of our religion. This book is either of God or of the Devil, there is no middle ground. A prophet by the name of Nephi in the Book of Mormon said this concerning what he had written: "And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good. And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day" (2 Nephi 33:10-11). I know it is the word of God. READ IT, THEN PRAY (Luke 11:10). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Curtis
What is Grace? Many people wonder what it means, The Bible says this concerning grace: Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." There are many answers to this question and I will attempt to address this question simply: If you know the Book of Mormon is true then you know this about grace: "...it is by grace we are saved after all we can do (2 Nephi 25:23)." However if you are still prayerfully considering the Book of Mormon, I will attempt to explain the concept of grace with the Bible: We learn from the Bible in the verse above (Ephesians 2:8-9) that we must have faith in order to be saved by grace. Also, we learn in James 2:17, "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone," and in Revelation 20:13 we will be "judged every man according to their works." If this is not enough then I will explain it with a a scripture and an analogy: Galatians 6:7 "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." If we are a farmer, we reap what we sow. we must till the earth, fertilize the plants. However it is the Grace of God that brings the rain, the sunshine, and allows the seed to germinate . Grace is devine help to do what we cannot, and that is pay for our sins, only Jesus Christ can do that. 3 Nephi 27:21 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel... for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do." Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Curtis
Almost everything we do requires some sort of authority; otherwise life would be full of confusion and would be devoid of order. This is how I see it: There was a man who walked into a department store to purchase some goods. A certain customer thought this man was an employee of the store and asked him to help her to purchase some merchandise. The confused man walked over to the register opened the machine, scanned her purchases, accepted payment and walked away… What is wrong with this story? Well the man did not have the AUTHORITY of a legal representative of the store acquired by someone with authority who hired or CALLED him. Furthermore, he would not have the KEYS to the register. In fact, if someone saw him and recognize the situation, he may have been accused of stealing. If human beings are creatures of order, how much more organized is our Heavenly King. The scriptures verify His organization: (1 Corinthians 14:40) “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:33) “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” Confusion would spread like wildfire if any old person could baptize and perform sacred ordinances like it. Authority cannot be taken upon one’s self as explained in Hebrews 5:4 (“And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.”). If you want to know if this is true, then read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. Show more Show less