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Hi I'm Kip Winterton

I'm a pianist, singer, wrestler, rugby player, outdoorsman and a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed to have spent my life being able to do the things that interest me most. I began studying piano at the age of 5 and have enjoyed many years of extensive competing and performing. After my voice changed at the age of 14, I discovered that I had a super low register in my voice. I have loved being involved in high school choirs and a cappella groups throughout the years. I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in vocal performance at Brigham Young University and will continue my training after I return from my mission in Trujillo Peru. Over the years I have also enjoyed developing my athletic talent by wrestling and playing rugby. I wrestled for five years and am currently bringing these skills I have learned in wrestling to the scrums and rucks while playing rugby. I began playing rugby for the famous Highland Rugby team in Salt Lake City under the direction of coach Larry Gelwix. After Coach Gelwix was called to be a mission president in Fresno California I became one of the first players for the new Trybe Rugby club also located in Salt Lake City. I recently had the opportunity to go on a humanitarian expedition to the himalayan village of Kullu, India, where I taught children the English language for a few weeks and worked extensively on improving the infrastructure and the standard of living in this village. I have been blessed with opportunities to associate myself with some of the greatest people in the world and I am so grateful for these experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people may think, "So you believe in Jesus Christ and His atonement. Why is it necessary to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? Is it enough to rely on faith." The answer to this is simple. Faith alone without works is dead. We believe that the church itself is an earthly institution that was created by Jesus Christ when He was completing His ministry here on earth. Throughout time, apostles and prophets have been trusted on earth with the priesthood, or the authority to act in God's name through divine revelation. This began with the Prophet Adam and continued with prophets such as Abraham, Moses, Noah, Samuel etc. Jesus Christ instituted His Church while he was on earth. As He and his Apostles were killed, the Priesthood was lost. This time, known as the Great Apostasy, was foretold in the Bible by prophets of old. When the time and conditions were correct, The church of Jesus Christ was restored by Christ Himself through Joseph Smith, a new prophet called by God with priesthood authority. This authority has been restored on the earth and is trusted by prophets and apostles today. The priesthood is given to the members of the church and we are expected to use it to bring light and truth to the world. This is why I am a Mormon. This is real. I can testify with all that I am that this church is a restoration of the truth that has guided mankind throughout history. I am honored to have been trusted with the furthering of this great work of God.

How I live my faith

I try to emulate Christ's example by keep my lifestyle and my social interactions consistent with how Jesus Christ taught us. As Mormons (or more accurately a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), we don't believe in putting things into our bodies that could potentially alter our natural consciousness, our interactions with people, or our ability to live a fully functional healthy life. This includes alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, or any drug that could be used abusively. I have recently been called to serve as a missionary for the Church in Trujillo Peru. I am excited to spend two years of my life in full-time service, inviting others to take part in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I chose to serve a mission because I have been blessed to be a member of the Church and I want to share these blessings with the people of Peru. I live my faith in Jesus Christ by applying it to my own life. I am not perfect. None of us are. We make mistakes every day and our Heavenly Father knows this. This is why He sent His son Jesus Christ to redeem the world of their shortcomings, pains, sorrows, and tribulations. I live my life to the best of my abilities and this is all that God expects from me. I rely on the atonement of Jesus Christ to lift me from my sorrows and make up for the mistakes I make. These are an unavoidable part of life and I am grateful to have the comfort of the atonement in my life to make up for the damaging influences of the world and the evils therein.