Hi I'm Christopher
My wife and I have been married just over 30 years. She is a receptionist and I work as an inside sales representative at an inbound call center. We are blessed with 4 adult children (a daughter and 3 sons), a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. All of whom we love very much. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. Employment has taken me to 36 countries on six continents developing distribution and sales of consumer products. I enjoy composing music, and writing hymns and songs. While driving I like listening to podcasts that I down load to my MP3 player from the Mormon Chanel at www.radio.lds.org, the Book of Mormon on CD, and talk radio. I am thankful for the freedom of speech and the blessing of liberty. All good things come from God.
Why I am a Mormon
I was fortunate to have grown up in the church. My parents used to be Presbyterian before joining the Mormon denomination. When I was a child my dad played basketball in a city league and my mom would take us with her to the games. I remember Dad having a conversation with a guy after a game who was asking him questions about the church. He told Dad that he could not believe in the Book of Mormon. Dad asked him, “Have you read the Book of Mormon?” He said no. Dad asked, “Then how do you know it isn’t true?” I thought about his question. On the other hand: how could I know if the Book of Mormon was true if I had not read it myself? I was not a very good reader. But at age 13 I set a goal to read it. It took me almost nine months. I felt good about accomplishing my goal, and there were a lot of good things in it. It made me a better reader, but I didn’t particularly know it was true at that point. It wasn’t until I began reading the words of the eleven other men who had seen, handled, and hefted the golden plates from which the book was translated that the Spirit of the Lord told me: This is real. It’s more that just a nice story. Since then I have read and searched the Book of Mormon many times. I have prayed and asked God to help me know if it is true. He has answered my prayers. I know that that the Book is the word of God. It is evidence that Jesus is the Messiah (Christ). I know that God has established this Church to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the world and to prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah. I am a Mormon because Mormons embrace the truth wherever it is found (in history, science, religion, etc) and they teach that when you are in the service of your fellow beings you are in the service of God. I am a Mormon because this church strengthens my faith in Jesus Christ and helps me to connect with God. I accept all the deeds of Jesus Christ and want to follow his teachings.
How has attending Church services helped you?
I have worshiped the Lord with members of the Church in various parts of the world. I feel happy to be there. Wherever I have gone to attend worship services of the Church I have felt welcomed. It has helped me to feel at home when I have been far from home. It has helped me to recognize that all of humanity is one great family
How I live my faith
If you have a heart to serve the Lord this church is a wonderful place to do it. There are many opportunities to serve and lots of study helps to find answers to your questions. I work with another brother in the church to serve 3 families in our congregation. (When they were living at home my sons would go with me). We visit these families once a month to encourage and strengthen them in their faith by bringing them a 15 minute message taken from the writing of the prophets and apostles. We also help them with home repairs or whatever else they may need. One time, the wind blew off part of the siding from one of these families’ houses. The father of the family was out of town at the time and gave me a phone call for help. The loose siding was knocking against the house and made it difficult for people to sleep. I went over and helped their son to get it reattached. When they go out of town I stop by to make sure their homes are undamaged. Especially after storms when flooding is a common occurrence. I go with the missionaries from time to time when they have appointments with people in my area. Sometimes I help answer questions that people may have about God, the scriptures, the church, and etc. I volunteer at “The Bishop’s Storehouse”, a food pantry owned by the church. I pack food orders for people who are out of work or underemployed so that they can have something to eat. After the orders are packed, I sometimes help deliver and unload the truck of food orders at various drop-off points. Some people in need live too far away the storehouse or are unable to come and pack their own orders, so we deliver it to the drop-off sites where they can come for the food. I feel happy to help people in need. The church provides a safe environment in which to serve others.