What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Derek Curtis

I'm a father, an entrepreneur, a programmer, a designer, a music lover, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father, first. I love spending time with my family. They are the best part of my life. My wife and our eight children really define who I am and who I want to become. I am an avid reader. I love reading anything I can get my hands on. I love my profession! Programming has been a wonderful outlet to combine right-brained creativity with left-brained numbers and logic. I am passionate about teaching a younger generation to program. I think the programmers of tomorrow will be the super heroes of our future. I dropped out of college in 1996 to start my own short-lived business ( 9 months), but I eventually earned my Bachelor of General Studies from Brigham Young University in 2002 and then an MBA with an MIS emphasis from DePaul University in 2005 while working full-time and raising a small family. I started my current business in 2005 and began working for myself in 2006 and it has been quite a ride.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because through my membership in the church I have found a lasting happiness. Have I had questions about the church, it's history, and it's teachings? Yes. Have all of my questions been answered to my satisfaction? No. But for me, that is ok. I continue to be a member of the church because I believe this is Christ's church here upon the Earth. This is a church that has taught me to pattern my life after the Savior. This is a church that teaches that ALL mankind can be saved through Christ's atonement and not just those that accept Him as their Savior while they are living. As a father, I could not imagine a God who would condemn large portions of His children, just because of their circumstance or location where they happen to live. Imagine a father saying, "Kids, I am going to drop you off at a remote location and then I am going to drive away and you are all on your own finding me again. I know some of you won't make it back to me again, but, that's life--oh, well." I am a member of this church because I believe the heavens are not closed--that God still speaks to us today through prophets, apostles, and through personal prayer. I am grateful for additional scripture such as the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, to accompany the Bible in helping me to draw closer to God. I am a member of this church because I believe it makes me a better husband and father. The family is the central unit in the church and I know as I've followed the council I've been given to help strengthen the family, my family HAS been strengthened. I know the Savior lives and that he is at the head of this church. Through His grace, I know the Savior has made it possible for an imperfect person like me to be able to return and live with God again. I know my Redeemer lives!

How I live my faith

I remember hearing a pastor on a local Christian radio station asking his congregation to avoid becoming "SMOs". What is a SMO? It is an acronym for Sunday Morning Only. His point was that we shouldn't live our faith on Sunday mornings only. I try to live my faith every day. I start and end the day in prayer. I try to study the scriptures every day alone and with my family--though sometimes things get in the way. I try to be like the Savior in all that I do, though I am FAR from approaching his standard. I try to look for ways to serve, though I often find it easier to see opportunities to give service to a stranger than to those I know and love. As a father, I try to talk to my kids regularly about the challenges they face. On the first Sunday of the month I meet with each of them to review their goals and how we can strengthen each other as a family. I love the opportunities I have to minister to others ar church. Giving service has helped me feel closer to God in so many ways.