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Hi I'm Curtis

I love my wife. We raise our children. We live in Alaska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Living in Alaska, I enjoy outdoor physical pursuits. I love to camp, backpack, hike, ride bikes. With young children we sometimes take out our pop up tent trailer. I enjoy winter activities too such as snowshoeing, mountain climbing, skiing, and making snowmen with my children. Last summer I built a wooden swingset for our children. This summer I am building a sailing canoe. I work as a civil engineer to support my personal pursuits and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Thankfully my parents were members of this church before I was born and tried to live it. When me and my three sisters were born they raised us in this gospel. The teachings of Jesus helped them to raise us. As I lived the way I had been taught I developed my own personal belief independent of my parents that this was the true way to live to be happy. As an adult now, I choose to live as I do because I have tested the path that has been taught to me and have found it to fulfill all my needs for peace, happiness, and spiritual security. My wife and I now use the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through the prophet Joseph Smith to guide how we interact as husband and wife, it guides us as parents to our four children, and it guides us how to live with our neighbors and others around us.

How I live my faith

As one reads the newspaper daily, it describes scenes of destruction, both natural and human created. One can be fearful of being in that situation themselves, or one can choose to prepare themselves to better weather the storms and disasters that might befall them. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ we have been counseled to be prepared for adversity. Preparation, both spiritual and temporal, dispels fear. I choose to prepare myself to be self-reliant in times of emergency. I work to help others around me to see the need for that. I have faith that as I prepare myself, my family, and those around us, that God will better be able to take care of us if natural disasters befall us here in Alaska.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Heavenly Father loves all of his children. That he sent His Son to visit others of his children prove it. That He called prophets amongst others of His children does too. I love the stories of the Book of Mormon. I especially enjoy that the whole book starts with one family. I am in a similar situation. I have a family that includes a wife and children. I can learn from Lehi how to be a father and husband. The Book of Mormon is physical evidence of the mission of the prophet Joseph Smith. I am grateful for the sacrifice he made in his life. Because I can read the Book of Mormon and learn that it is true, I can learn that Joseph Smith was a prophet in this last dispensation. Show more Show less

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

I can run and not be weary, I can walk and not faint. I love playing, exercising, moving my body, enjoying life. If I were a smoker, or my body was in control by some vice, I could not enjoy life as much. I am grateful for the counsel of the word of wisdom that teaches me what I should abstain from. I am grateful that it teaches me how to avoid substances that could take away my freedoms through addictions or time in jail. I am equally as grateful for the counsel of what to partake. I love the dietary recommendations that help me keep my body healthy and strong. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

I have the answers to the questions that everyone wants to know. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going after this life? What is the point of this life? I have prophets and apostles that speak with God and receive revelation from Him to guide us His children today. Moses was just as important to the righteous in his time as Noah was to the righteous in his. We need a prophet now just as much as a prophet was needed in the past. I like having all the gospel contained in one religion, and not just parts and pieces scattered among all the Christian faiths. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Who wants a venereal disease? Who wants to be a teenage parent? Who wants to have a broken heart? I suggest if you want any of these, then don't live the law of chastity. If you don't want to experience these, then live the law of Chastity. I am grateful for the law of chastity in my life. I am grateful that it teaches me to be true and faithful to my wife to experience the most joy that life has to offer. To be true and committed to one is a great blessing. Heartache comes to those who do not live the law of chastity. It is a blessed commandment from a loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

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

I am not a millionaire, nor am do I live in poverty. I have never wanted for anything in my life. Paying tithing keeps me from focusing too much on worldly gain. Paying tithing keeps my priorities straight in life. I pay for fire insurance on my house, why not pay for fire insurance on my earthly body. I would rather pay fast offerings and tithing to the Lord's church then to give to charity causes. I know that the Lord can increase my minor contributions and do so much more with it then an earthly institution. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

The bible contains the accounts of the life of my Savior. People who walked with Jesus, people who talked with Him, people who learned from Him, wrote down their experiences for us to now read. I love the questions that Jesus asked in the Bible account. One can ask themselves these same questions. The bible contains the account of the atonement of my Savior. He shed blood for me in the garden. How does that cause me to act now, today? Where art thou? But whom say ye that I am? Will ye also go away? Lovest thou me? Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Show more Show less