Hi I'm Chris.
I own a dental practice in our hometown. I have a wonderful wife and 5 kidos. 3 boys, a little girl who we adopted as a newborn, and another little girl who we recently adopted from China. I love scuba diving, soccer, woodworking, sprint triathlons, mountain biking and clean jokes.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because it makes me happy! From the time I was a boy I was taught the gospel but I have "stuck with it" because I have tried to live Christ centered principles myself and found they are true. I have seen people close to me become so miserable looking for happiness in other places. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches me and my family what we should do to be happy and challenges us to live what we know to be right.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
So my oldest son had just turned 8...the big age when he was allowed to own a knife. He loaded himself up with several kinds of pocket knives and carried them with him everywhere. One afternoon I took my 3 boys for a bike ride around a local park. After riding around for over an hour we were packing up and my son said “Oh no! My pocket knives are gone!” I finished loading the bikes and said “OK let’s go try to find them.” We started to retrace our tracks and as we passed the first group of hikers I asked if they had found a bundle of pocket knives. One of them held them in the air and said, “You mean these?” I’m thinking…what are the chances? Then my son said, “He answered my prayer. As soon as I realized I lost my knives I went over to a park bench and said a prayer that I could find them and then he answered my prayer.” I did not see him go say the prayer. What role does prayer play in our lives? We say family prayers each morning and night. We pray before meals and at church. My wife and I pray for our children, that we can teach them the way we should and that they will grow to love God. When my son told me he had prayed for help without me even suggesting it I felt that perhaps the example we were trying to set was sinking in. I was so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father that listened to the prayer of a young boy.
How I live my faith
I live my faith with my family by having daily scripture reading and prayer. We set aside each Monday night to talk about something important and to play games, eat treats etc. Everyone takes turns in the planning and directing. I live my faith day to day by smiling, serving and being honest with others.