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Hi I'm Johnny Curl

I love sports, learning, and my family. I know that Christ loves me, and nothing else matters. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Describing myself is something I find difficult. Any clique I could attempt to group myself with just doesn't quite fit completely. I enjoy doing a wide variety of things such as reading a good book or hanging out with friends. I played basketball, football and soccer in high school as well as participated on the track team. I love to play games and joke around but also love a serious discussion or debate. I would listen to music 24/7 if I could. I'm working on learning to play the piano and would love to learn to play many instruments eventually. Learning new things fascinates me, and gaining as much knowledge as I can is a goal I strive for in life. Currently, I've taken a leave from my education to serve a mission in Pennsylvania. The chance to be a representative of Jesus Christ and to help those around me through service or offering the truths that I hold dear is an opportunity beyond compare. I am deeply grateful for my chance to offer the knowledge of His eternal plan that brings me so much happiness to the people I come in contact with. When I return home, I plan to continue my education at Brigham Young University and one day start a family of my own. The family that I grew up in is made up of my wonderful parents and an amazingly gifted younger brother and sister. I love them very much and look forward to continually growing closer to them throughout my lifetime.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager a good friend of mine challenged me to read The Book of Mormon with her. I am a fairly competitive person and so this became a challenge of who could not only remember to read every day, but who could read it the fastest. My determination to win this competition pushed me through its pages very quickly. When I finished the book, I found myself feeling that I was missing part of the experience. I had read that last day a challenge placed before all of us by The Book of Mormon’s last writer. He encourages us to ask God if the words contained are true. After reading over 500 pages, I figured I may as well get a little more out of it, so I did just as the writer suggests. My answer didn’t come that day. In fact it didn’t come for a long while. Being an impatient youth, I was not pleased with this to put it lightly. I found myself alone in church one day half listening to one of the speakers say, “I know that The Book of Mormon is true.” That pushed me over an edge. I became frustrated that someone else could know this when I did not. After a good span of time, being jealous you might say, of those who received a witness and wondering why I had not been answered, a quiet, calm voice spoke to my heart and mind. It simply said, “Because you already knew.” As I searched within myself over the next few days I learned without any doubt that a loving Father in Heaven had granted an answer to my prayer in a way that an arrogant teenager could accept. It is true that I grew up reading The Book of Mormon and trying to live its teachings, but until that moment I only knew what to do and not why. I know Heavenly Father blessed me by being merciful and patient enough to answer me both with a gradual increase of knowledge as well as a personal witness when I was too stubborn to see it. The Book of Mormon is true. I know it, and I know that God knows that I know it, and I will stand by and carry that knowledge until I stand before Him after this life has passed.

How I live my faith

A quick way to explain how I live my faith would be to say that I constantly have to rely on my Savior. I consistently make mistakes and am lost as to what I should do, but because of his atonement and example, I have the power to press on. In addition to that most important bit, I recently returned from serving as a missionary in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission. We move around a lot throughout our two year service. I’ve been privileged to share my faith and the happiness it brings me with many people because of my time there. It is amazing to see the blessings that God gives to us as we strive to serve and help one another. Previous to my mission as well as after I have been able to serve as a home teacher in my ward, which has given me the opportunity to serve a few other families that lived around me. It is a wonderful experience to be the one called upon in time of need, no matter how serious or trivial that need may be. I truly have grown to love those families as I serve them. I was also asked to be a scout leader. The boys that I spent time working and learning with will forever be special to me. I enjoyed getting to spend time with them and help them work toward their goals and achievements. My current assignment is to organize activities for single adults in my area. This is an excellent way to help those my age continue to build their faith and strengthen relationships with others who can help and support them in living the gospel. My goal in life is to do whatever it is God would have me do. That may include taking on a variety of responsibilities, or just simply helping whenever I see someone I need. Whether great or small, I hope to be ready and up to the task. Living my faith is simply living how He would have me live; as my Savior did.