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Hi I'm Curtis Philipp

I'm a husband. I'm a movie and music lover. I'm a big sports fan. I'm a world traveler. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a student majoring in advertising with a minor in business. I love: •Snowboarding and snowmobiling: These are my two favorite sports, but I also like golf, basketball, college football, and most outdoor activities. •Good style: This includes brands like RVCA, Nixon watches, Nike, and of course sweet graffiti murals. •Music with good beats: some of my favorite bands/artists are Coldplay, Matisyahu, Passion Pit, M83, Bon Iver, Bob Marley, Phoenix, The Naked And Famous, Foster The People, Two Door Cinema Club, The Cure, Empire of the Sun, but the list goes on and on. I also enjoy some good Hip Hop, when it is clean, some of my favorite artists are: Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa. •Traveling: I have traveled to two-thirds of the United States, Canada, England, Guatemala, Mexico, Africa, and China. One of my life goals is to visit every continent. •Family: both my wife and my immediate family are very important to me. I love spending time with my wife, and I am excited to have a family of my own some day. •Being inspired: I receive inspiration from attending my church meetings, listening to and reviewing messages of church leaders, listening to motivational speakers, attending seminars went possible and listening to audio books.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon is true. I received an impression from the Holy Spirit that it is true. The awesome thing is that witness from the Holy Spirit is not limited to only me. If you read the Book of Mormon, and then ask God if it is true he can tell you, just like he told me. He will tell you through what Paul, in the Bible, describes as the “fruit[s] of the Spirit,” they are: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23).” I promise that as you do so with and honest heart, truly wanting to know, and faith that it could be true, God will tell you. In addition to my answer that the Book of Mormon is true, another reason why I am a Mormon is I see the church principles as a great way to live. I know people, and have a few friends who have got caught up in substance abuse. I see their lifestyle in contrast with mine, and I am grateful for the guidelines the Mormon (LDS) church offers. The church teaches a doctrine known as the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom asks that we abstain from tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and non-herbal teas. The Word of Wisdom also encourages us to eat healthy and exercise. These are just two reasons why “I Am a Mormon.”

How I live my faith

In addition to abstaining from harmful substances, I do my very best to keep God’s commandments. One of these commandments is to attend all my church meetings. I love attending sacrament meeting in particular, because I am able to reflect of the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. Sacrament meeting is a weekly meeting for church members and visitors. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to partake of the emblems in remembrance of Jesus Christ, and reflect on His sacrifice. I am so grateful for His sacrifice. I know that all can be forgiven through His atoning sacrifice. All members of the Mormon (LDS) church live their faith by serving in the church. Every member of the church holds a calling in the ward (the word we use for our congregations). I am currently serving as 1st counselor in our ward. I assist our lay Bishop (similar to a pastor in another church) in the affairs of the ward. All male members are assigned a companion and roughly two families or individuals to visit monthly, at a minimum, to ensure each member’s spiritual and temporal needs are being met. This practice is called home teaching. The women do something similar to home teaching, called visiting teaching. Member needs are reported to the Bishop if necessary. Four things I try to do regularly to live my faith are: 1. Attend the temple: to learn more about temples visit: http://lds.org/church/temples?lang=eng 2. Hold weekly Family Home Evening (F.H.E.) or family night: weekly night where we strengthen family relationships, typically Monday nights. 3. Daily personal and family prayer: communicating with our Father in Heaven is important. 4. Daily personal and family scripture study: we believe the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price to be scripture. We also believe in a modern day prophet and 12 apostles just like in Biblical times and hold their teachings to be scripture.