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Chris Snyder: accountant, pianist, convert, genealogy, Catholic, Missouri, Mormon.

Hi I'm Chris Snyder

About Me

I was born to wonderful parents who are some of my best friends today. As a youth, I loved music and school - especially the social part - I'm an only child! I went off to college where I met and married the love of my life. We have 3 sons and I count being their mom as one of my greatest blessings. I graduated in Accounting which is a perfect fit for me. I currently work as a part-time accountant and much of my work is done at my home at my convenience. Music is still a big part of my life and I am often playing the piano for some event - or just for my own enjoyment! Bargain-hunting and family history are two of my other favorite activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Catholic faith. As a typical youth, I had many doctinal questions. I found that my Mormon friend could often answer my questions in a more satisfying way than my religious leaders. As I read Mormon books like Gospel Principles, I was drawn more and more to the Mormon faith and found that the explanations and doctrine appealed to my logic and also to my heart. I was baptized at the age of 18 and have never looked back. Although my parents were concerned that I was joining a cult or that I would be one of a zillion wives to some man, they have watched over the years to see that their concerns were unfounded. I feel that Mormon doctrines and teachings have helped me be a better daughter, wife, mother, friend, neighbor and citizen.

Personal Stories

How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?

The Plan of Happiness gives me the ability to look at my past with compassion, the ability to enjoy each new day, and the hope of what lies in my future. Because I know that I lived before I came here, I am here on earth learn and grow, and my life will continue after I die, I can see the events in my life with a clearer purpose and vision. Because of Jesus Christ's central role as Savior and Redeemer in the Father's Plan of Happiness, I know that as I repent, Jesus Christ has paid for my sins and mistakes. Because He paid for my sins and mistakes, I can look at them with compassion, not condemnation, and I am free to learn from them. I am also free to enjoy each new day. As I turn to Heavenly Father in prayer, He can help me understand the purpose and meaning of every event in my daily life. As I try to become more like the Savior, each day has purpose and meaning. I also look forward to a glorious experience after this earth life is over. I look forward to being reunited with my loved ones and living forever in Heaven with them. Because of Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness, I am free to become the best "me" I can be!

How I live my faith

I love family history! I love the facts, the stories, and the connection I feel with those who have paved the way before me. Every Sunday I get to share my enthusiasm with a few people in a Sunday School class. We bring laptops and I help members work on their individual family history. As we locate ancestors or download information from www.new.familysearch.org, we are growing closer to those who have shaped our lives. We are then able to use this information take our ancestor's names to the temple where we can perform vicarious ordinances in their behalf.