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Hi I'm Curtis Ashton

I'm a backup power systems engineer for CenturyLink (a big telecom company). I ref high school basketball & soccer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Evanston Wyoming, but moved 16 times to various places by the time I was 8 years old. From that point, I grew up mostly in a small NorthEastern Arizona community called St. Johns (high school graduating class of 72). I've been married to a wonderful woman for 20+ years, and have 3 great children ranging in age from 11-16. I met my wife at Arizona State University, where I was studying electrical engineering, and she studied broadcasting. I began working as in intern for USWEST (a large telecom company, that has been through several mergers, and is now CenturyLink) in Phoenix back in 1992, and they quickly moved me to Denver after college graduation late that year. We have a home and a cabin in Colorado. We love our mountainous state and its outdoor activities. When I'm not working on backup power systems (large batteries, engine-alternators, and UPS systems) and grounding for my company, I spend most of my free time referring club soccer, middle school soccer, high school soccer, middle school basketball, and high school basketball. I travel a fair amount for my company including serving on various power-related standards and conference committees, such as the vice-chair of ATIS-STEP, the secretary of the IEEE PES Stationary Battery Committee, and on the Technical Committee of BattCon, and the organizing commitee of Intelec.

Why I am a Mormon

While my parents were both Mormons and brought me up in the faith, each person has to have their own conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. While I probably always believed in Him and the Father, my conversion progressed step by step. Some of the more defining experiences in my young life in my progression to "true believer" include watching a young man who visited (through the church home teaching program) our home at the age of 14 (I was 8 at the time) go into an 18-month coma due to hydroencephalitus. He was miraculously cured due to several Priesthood blessings, graduated high school in 2-1/2 years of catchup, including regaining his vision, and is now a high school teacher. When I was 16, I visited a man known as a Stake Patriarch who gave me a special blessing giving me promises about my future life if I would be faithful. I was incredibly impressed with the prophetic vision this man had for my life, with him telling me many things about my personality that only I myself knew (so there was no other way he could have known them except via prophetic insight provided by the Holy Ghost). The greatest growth of my belief in Him occured while I was a missionary for the Church for 2 years (from 1987-1989) in Spain (primarily in La Mancha, Toledo, and Madrid). Every day I testified of Christ, and my conviction in his gospel and teachings grew stronger.

How I live my faith

At church I serve as a stake youth leader (one of 3) for the young men in our stake (the stake has about 2000 members total, with about 75 of those being teenage young men. I help organize large youth activities (both within the Church, and within the Boy Scout Denver Area Council at large), and actively participate as an Assistant District Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America. I've been a Scoutmaster for a total of 9 years previously and am committed to the leadership and service values that Scouting teaches young men, even moreso than the advancement portion of the program (which also teaches values). The Church has a home teaching program, where active adult males (there's a similar program for females) visit 3-5 families per month to help our volunteer Bishop ensure that all members are cared for. My favorite part of home teaching is being of service to others (because I think that service to our fellowmen is the true expression of the gospel of Jesus Christ), and I especially love when I am given those to home teach who need more help than others. I'm not the most talkative person on earth, so service helps me build friendships.