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Hi I'm Curtis

I’m a husband, father, and adopted Texan. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have eight children. The oldest had just turned 21 when the youngest was born; the others are spread fairly evenly in between. I like to read science fiction and fantasy, and non-fiction books about history, politics, world religions, and science/math. I have a bachelor’s degree in Physics. In my career I’ve mostly worked on computers, primarily mainframes, Unix servers, and Macs. (I don’t do Windows.) I like to sing in the choir. I play piano and guitar, but not well or often.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and read the Book of Mormon all the way through as a child. When I was a Sophomore in High School, I read the New Testament and felt the Holy Spirit testify that both it and the Book of Mormon were inspired by the same being. I have had similar feelings while studying science. In fact, I’ve often thought that I believe in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ for the same reason I believe in Quantum Mechanics: no matter how crazy it may seem, it’s consistent and it works. But that’s really only part of the reason. Throughout my life I’ve felt promptings and inspiration that have confirmed what I’ve been taught by the church, and on several occasions I’ve been given knowledge that I could not have received without divine action.

How I live my faith

I love and support my wife. I try to teach my children the gospel-based principles my parents taught me. I visit three families in our congregation each month to make sure their needs are being met. I’m helping my younger sons to prepare to serve full-time missions, like their two older brothers, especially the third one who has submitted his papers and is waiting to receive his call. I also set up projectors and microphones for church activities. I serve in the temple regularly.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Most people who do this are just repeating what they’ve been told by someone else. Such people often have no direct experience of the Church or its members, and once they’ve learned more they stop saying it. The people who originated this expression were trying to attack the church. When they say things like this, they are really revealing more about themselves than about the Church. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing is taught in the Bible. It has been practiced since earliest times; the book of Genesis records that Abraham payed tithes to Melchizedek. To fulfill its mission, the Church needs significant resources. Building and maintaining temples and chapels, developing and distributing inspirational and educational materials, communicating to the world through media like this web site—all these activities and many others cost money, and are supported by the tithes of the members. Church leaders responsible for determining what to do with tithes take great care to make sure these funds are only used to push forward God’s works. In the end, everything belongs to the Lord. What we call our property is just that part of his creations that he has given us temporary control over. We should always be seeking his guidance about how he wants us to use these things. Tithing is the easy part: just take your income, divide by ten, and give it to the Church. The hard part is learning what he wants you to do with the other 90%. Show more Show less