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Hi I'm Curtis

I grew up in Las Vegas. I've lived in six states and two countries. I followed my dreams and became a professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First, I am a husband and father. My responsibilities to my family are both my greatest joy and my most important duty. My wife and I are working together to raise four boys. Our Saturdays are filled with sports, with most of the boys involved with soccer. I also serve as a volunteer referee for AYSO soccer. As a family we also enjoy riding bikes together, working in the yard (although enjoy might be too strong a description for yard work), sports, and video games. We live near the Susquehanna River, where we also kayak when we find time. I grew up in Las Vegas, which was a booming town at the time. I learned the value of work via a paper route I acquired in 6th grade. I also participated in high school volleyball. In my spare time I love to read (just about anything) and any activity together with my family. I find significant happiness in my work as a professor. I have daily opportunities to educate and uplift young men and women. I'm also able to conduct independent research, which is primarily focused on pedagogy (teaching methodology) and fraud prevention. I work hard to make my research improve the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I've found following God's plan for my life brings true happiness. I often consider the words of the prophet/king Benjamin found in the Book of Mormon: "I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual;". (Mosiah 2:41) I've seen these words directly apply to my life. When I keep the commandments of God and follow his plan, happiness follows. When I deviate from his commandments and plan, unhappiness consumes. What is God's plan for me? At some point in life, I think we all realize there must be something more. Earning a living and seeking thrills can't be the ultimate goal. That line of reasoning led me to seek answers to the purpose of life. I sought answers both in scripture and prayer. The answer has come, both via the scriptures and the Holy Spirit. It is easy to forget that answer, fortunately the Lord is willing to reconfirm the answer to me when I humble myself and seek renewed confirmation. The world can be challenging. When times are dark and troubling, I remember the words of the Savior in John, chapter 15 (verses 12-13): "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.". I often think on the example of former modern-day prophet, Gordon B. Hicnkley. When he found himself discouraged while performing missionary service in England, he received a letter from his father addressing his discouragement. The letter read "forget yourself, and go to work." I've seen this principle repeated frequently, when we serve others, we forget our own pain and afflictions. As the Savior stated: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29)

How I live my faith

I've taken on many church responsibilities including missionary, scoutmaster, Sunday School teacher, leader for the Young Men's organization, and currently Bishop. Each responsibility has been a unique opportunity that has provided spiritual growth. I served my mission from ages 19-21 in Taiwan. While in Taiwan, I taught the gospel of Jesus Christ to interested individuals and families. In addition to teaching the gospel we engaged in weekly service projects, including English classes. My time in Taiwan provided a significant foundation in understanding how service to my fellowman helped me draw closer to God. I developed a significant love for the people of Taiwan which has continued to grow over time. I continue to study the Chinese language in hopes that I can return to Taiwan as a missionary in the future. As a Scoutmaster and leader in the Young Men's organization I witnessed the strength of our youth. Youth raised with the gospel of Jesus Christ are remarkable. They have a sense of purpose and are dedicated to serving God.