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Hi I'm Curtis

I was born in Utah, raised in Canada, and am back in Utah now. I love to write jazz and arrange church hymns. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by a single Mom because my Dad passed away very young and she never remarried. I have 6 grown kids and am in a very happy second marriage. I graduated in Manufacturing Engineering Technology but have worked with computers all my life. I use a computer and synthesizer to write jazz and arrange church hymns. I don't have a solo voice but I love to sing in groups.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church all my life. But my conversion happened when I served as a missionary for 2 years. I had many experiences that allowed the Spirit to enter my heart and mind. Those 2 years were the hardest of my life up to that point. But they were also the most significant in giving me the anchors in spirituality that would get me through some very difficult times ahead. I learned without a doubt that my Savior would never leave me, and that I didn't want to leave Him. I know of no other organization on earth that does so much good for so many. It teaches true principles of goodness and Christ-like living, family values, and provides invaluable opportunities for individual growth through participation in building the Lord's kingdom on earth.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings in my life and continue to be actively involved in my ward (congregation). My most meaningful service has been in ministering to individuals. My life has been changed for the better as I have learned to reach out to others in support, friendship, and love. I believe that's one of the reasons we are here, to love.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Curtis
Definitely not. The official church answer to this question (see below) shows the church's concern for those not of our faith on a worldwide scale. But even on a small scale within an individual congregation, the members of the church are encouraged to love people of all faiths, serve everyone whenever the need arises, and to be "looking" for those who could use a loving hand of friendship and service. Official Church Answer Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Curtis
A testimony is a witness to your soul from the Holy Ghost that a principle is true. Specifically, it applies to knowing in your heart that Jesus in the Christ and our Savior, that our Heavenly Father lives, and that the latter-day work we are involved in is directed by the Savior. It can't be described adequately with words because it's a knowledge granted to us by the Spirit of God to our spirits. It isn't a knowledge gained through studying words written in a book or taught by another person. We say we "know" something when we bear our testimony. That knowledge comes to us in a way that can only be understood through spiritual means and can be sure even though we may not have physical proof. Spirit communicating to spirit is pure and undefiled and can give us conviction and motivation more powerful than what we can gain through worldly means. Show more Show less