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Hi I'm Craig Culotta

Born and raised in California, I am a Photographer, who earns his living in Kentucky, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in a talented family of artists, I spent decades as a Piping Designer with a passion for Photographer. I am a father of three girls and a boy and sadly lost my wife to cancer in 2005. In 2009, I was fortunate meet a wonderful lady and persuade her to leave Australia and become my wife. We were married in Utah's Mount Timpanogos Temple in 2010. Since then, we have established a successful photography business. My wife has two boys, the younger of which I have met and is seaving a 2 year mission in New Zealand. I hope to meet my wife's oldest son when we visit Australia in 2013.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a boy, my 18 year old sister began dating a young man who was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a young lady of faith who had not been baptized into any particular religion. After taking the discussions, she elected to become a member of the Presbyterian Church. Soon thereafter, she met a young man who had just become a member of the Mormon Church. He was preparing to leave on his mission and gave my sister the first missionary discussion. My sister, who was so impressed with what she heard, quickly drove home and told my mother, and my other sister, that she found the true church and wanted to become a member. My mother told my sister "you can't be joining the church of every young man you date". My sister said: "No Mom, it's not like that.." and convinced my mother and my other sister to take the discussions. Upon completion, my Mother and my two sisters were baptized. As a young man, I had no interest in joining the church, mainly because my father was not interested. However, when I turned 23, and after many years of dating women I could not imagine as my wife, my mother suggested I attend a Mormon Young Adult dance. I did and met a young lady. When I asked her on a date, she said: "you're not a member of the Mormon church...are you?" I told her no and she said: "I don't date people who are not Latter Day Saints but, if I decided to join, I will attend your baptism". I told her OK and invited the missionaries to give me the discussions. The missionaries answered all of my questions. Upon completion, I knew I wanted to become a member of the church. The funny thing was, I had no interest in seeking out the young lady who initially inspired me to investigate. I knew I wanted to become a member because I love the Lord. Within a year, and while on a blind date, I met a Mormon lady who would became my wife. We were married in the Los Angeles Temple for Time and all Eternity. Incidentally, many years later I was blessed to baptize my Dad.

How I live my faith

In church I have worked in the nursery, I have taught elementary aged children, men, ladies and retired persons from all walks of life. Now I am blessed to work with the young men. As I teach them I grow and advance in my knowledge of the gospel. As a member of the Mormon Church, I accept all callings offered to me. I strive to serve the Lord, in any capacity. I do this not for money, recognition or status but because I love the Lord. Since I am married, I have a partnership with my wife. We have covenanted to love each other, serve each other and live within the bounds the Lord has established for marriage. Our contract does not stop there, we both consider Jesus Christ as a partner. Together, the three of us perform functions that are essential for my wife and me to return to Heavenly Father. We include Jesus Christ in all that we do. We speak of him, we learn of him and we strive to be like him. We do this, not out of fear but, because we are grateful for the plan of salvation and the atoning sacrifice Jesus Christ has made for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. Without His sacrifice, we would surely all be lost and because of Him, we have the opportunity to dwell with our Heavenly Father again. Therefore, we know that we are not perfect but we accept Jesus Christ as our savior. We recognize Jesus Christ as being the only person that can grant us forgiveness for our sins. I know Heavenly Father loves me. I am blessed that He loves me so much that He has provided me with a Savior, even Jesus Christ. I love Heavenly Father! I love Jesus Christ! I love the Holy Spirit! I appreciate all that they do for me and accept them as the Godhead.