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Hi I'm Curtis

I was born and raised in the Denver, Colorado area, I'm a CPA, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and, while I do not yet have any kids, I hope to soon. I work for a large public accounting firm auditing financial statements of public companies. I like to mountain bike, white water raft, play foosball, play racket ball, watch movies, and read. I love to travel and spend time in the outdoors. I think that there is diverse beauty everywhere in the world and I love to see it and take it all in.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon, or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because of who it makes me. I believe that the purpose of this life is to progress and to become something more than we are, to seek for perfection. Christ, in His famous Sermon on the Mount commanded us to "be ... perfect, even as [our] Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Mathew 5:48). Why would He command us to do that if we weren't meant to be perfect, if that was too lofty an aspiration? I believe that through the teachings (like faith and repentance) and ordinances (like baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost) of Christ, He can make us perfect. In my life, I have seen Him refine me and make me better. I know Him and I love Him and I know that He loves me. As I seek to follow Him, He helps me to be like Him. And, the closer I get to being like Him, the happier I am. I will not reach perfection in this life but death does not bring the end of this progression, so I just do what I can now and know that as I do my best, he will make me what I need to be both now and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is important. "Being a Mormon" is not comprised of simply going to church once a week. It is a way of life. I get up early every morning to pray and read the Bible and the Book of Mormon. This is a special time of the day for me. When I go to church, I learn about the teachings of Christ, when I participate in this personal study time, I also learn of Him and His teachings. As I study, the Holy Ghost teaches me and helps me to glean the principles that are most pertinent to my life and circumstances. The time spent in this study each morning helps me to set a wonderful tone for my day and helps to influences the choices that I make that day as I remember the things that I learned that morning. It helps me to grow closer to God and to know Him better. The Church is also a "lay ministry", which means that the clergy is not paid. As a result, everyone works for their own support and everyone participates in the duties of the Church as volunteers. I am currently serving in a leadership position where I oversee the men of our congregation and am responsible to ensure that the households and families of the congregation are visited on a regular basis to strengthen them in their homes, and to ensure that their needs are met (whether they be temporal or spiritual). This gives me the opportunity to visit and serve others on a very frequent basis and this service has truly blessed my life. After all, the Apostle James taught us that "pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction" (James 1:27).