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Hi I'm Curtis Royer

I sell sand, rock and dirt in a desert, I write music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If you had asked me 30 years ago what I would be doing in 2011 I don't think that I would have told you that I would be selling dirt for a living. I'm sure that I would have told you that I would be doing something great, and amazing with my life. Come to find out, I can do both. What I do for a living doesn't reflect who I am or what impact I can have as a person, as a father, as a husband or as a follower of the Savior, Jesus Christ. After spending 7 years in the army, I resigned my commission as an officer and headed home to rock the world, I just didn't know it would be literal. As opportunities and plans failed I was left to work in the family sand and gravel business. I always thought that my life was meant for so much more, but each time that I thought I had escaped I was led back to the rock yard. Success in life comes in many ways. I am a father of 7 wonderful children. I am a husband to a beautiful wife. I am a singer-songwriter that gets the chance to express himself through his music, albeit generally to the walls of my house and my family. I am a child of God who often wonders exactly where I fit in the overall scheme of things. I am a man who has had the great joy of feeling God's hand work in my life as the spirit has softly testified of truth to me. I am a man who has failed and succeeded and laughed and cried. Above all, I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My family was converted to the gospel when I was 8 years old and although I was baptized with my family I wasn't truly converted until years later. I can't give a time or place when I first believed but despite errors of youth, I always held a firm hope that what I was being taught was true. As I served as a missionary, I had the great opportunity to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ change lives, and that strengthened me. As I returned home and began life in earnest I found myself struggling with one major concern. I always felt that I would never be strong enough to endure to the end. At my lowest point I remember praying to God and telling him "Goodbye." I believed, with all my heart that the church was true, but I didn't feel that I could be true to the church. I determined that night that I would no longer maintain the facade. I would quit going to church and would just fade out of sight. As I prepared to go to bed that Saturday night, in a hotel room far from home, I heard a voice telling me to go to church one more time. I was told that a dear friend of mine would be at the church the next day and that he would help me. There was no reason for me to believe that he would be there but the voice was so clear that I couldn't doubt it. The next morning I went to church, and as I walked into the building, the first person I saw was my friend. God knows me and is concerned with me. Despite fighting doubts and depression all my life I have been greatly blessed with a sure knowledge that God lives and loves me.

How I live my faith

Currently, I have the great opportunity of serving as a leader among the men of the ward. Recently we had an evening where one of the members of the ward, who is a great gardner, taught us the ins and outs of winter gardens in the desert. Hopefully we'll have a lot of gardens going in soon. We are also just finishing a softball season where we have a team in the local city recreation league. We aren't real successful as far as wins and losses go but we have had a lot of fun getting out doing something together. My position in the church allows me to go out and visit with the members of my group and it is a great joy to learn about other peoples' lives and to feel the fire of the gospel burning in their hearts and souls. I once had a friend throw a present on my desk and walk out before I could open it. When I did open it I found a Harley Davidson t-shirt from St. George, UT. When I got the chance to ask him the story behind the shirt he told me that in his previous job as an over-the-road trucker that his route put him through St. George many times. He said that every time he saw the beautiful Temple that he felt a feeling of peace and calm, which he said, he also felt when he was around me. What a compliment.

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

Curtis Royer
If you read, and believe, Amos 3:7 "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" you must reach one of two conclusions: Either God is "doing" nothing for his children who live on the earth today, or he has again called a prophet, as in times of old, to lead his people. I testify that the latter is true, that there is a living prophet on the world today, even as Moses, Abraham, Peter, and all the great prophets throughout the Bible, and his name is Thomas S. Monson. As you see the agents of evil marshalled against the forces of good in this world can there be any doubt that we need God's direction as much now, if not more, than any other era in the world's history? After Christ's apostles died the world lost the light of Jesus Christ and fell into centuries of spiritual darkness known as the Dark Ages. Ultimately, a few brave men, referred to now as the reformers, once again started seeking truth. Most of them gave their lives in the cause of truth but their works brought about great miracles, not the least of which was the founding of the United States of America. This great land of freedom provided God with the fertile ground necessary to restore the church that Jesus had organized in his life. Through the young prophet Joseph Smith the Lord was able to restore his Gospel to the earth. Even as the reformers of old, Joseph Smith sealed his testimony with his own blood, dying as a martyr for the cause of truth. Show more Show less