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Hi I'm Chris

I have been a Mormon convert since 2004, got married in 2005, had my first child in 2007 and second child in 2008, and am a geek.

About Me

Interests: faith, family, friends, missionary work, leadership, problem solving, general tinkering, fixer-upping, modding anything I can, technology, Linux administration, open source, telephony, Asterisk (The Open Source PBX), technical writing, bargain shopping, NPR, some Conservative talk radio, weight lifting, jogging, walking, foosball, stunt kites, target practice, self-help studies, watching movies and certain television series, Nerf guns Hobbies: toy ride on vehicle repair and customization, eBaying, craigslisting, collecting Sega Dreamcast paraphernalia

Why I am a Mormon

As I took the missionary discussions, I felt the Holy Spirit very strong and had a greater desire to learn about their faith. At the time, I did not know that what the missionaries were teaching is true, but felt that it was "good". I read through the entire Gospel Principles book and asked tons of questions. The missionaries asked if I would read, ponder, and pray about the things that they had taught. I eventually made an honest and concerted effort in those areas. I even tried living many of the church standards during that time. I remember kneeling down in my room to ask God if their teachings are true. Except for my cat, I was by myself. Shortly after starting my prayer, I received a definite answer as to whether or not what they were teaching is true. I have received many confirmations since then. My life has been exponentially better since joining the church. I have made more progress since becoming a member than in all the years before. I've received personal revelation that God's true church has been restored to the earth. The fullness of the gospel is available to all of us. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is the Old Testament and New Testament. We have living apostles and a prophet on the earth today which receive direct revelation from God pertaining to the order of His kingdom on Earth. I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful for the sacrifices made on our behalf by The Savior, Jesus Christ, which allows us the opportunity to one day return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father has blessed me with a wonderful family, with the ability to overcome many of my weaknesses, and in many other ways which are too great in number to list here. My goal in life is to always live worthy to receive the many great blessings that our Heavenly Father has in store for all of us. There is nothing I look forward to more than spending eternity with my beautiful wife, son, and daughter.

How I live my faith

For nearly 3 years, I had been the finance clerk for my church congregation. Like all other positions of responsibility in my congregation, it is an unpaid position. Members of our congregation are "called", or asked, by unpaid church leaders to accept unpaid positions of responsibility in order for the church to function and support its members and those in the surrounding area. We believe that the "calling" is from God and will help us grow temporally and spiritually. I was responsible for issuing reimbursements, writing checks to pay bills for those in need (medical, utilities, food, housing, various repairs), counting and reporting tithes and other offerings, reconciling monthly computer finance statements against bank statements, managing and reporting the status of budgets for various auxiliary organizations and programs within the congregation, and keeping relevant financial paperwork filed and organized in order to pass our bi-annual financial audits. Some of these activities required that I receive prior authorization from the Bishop (church leader responsible for the welfare of the congregation and those in the surrounding area) and/or be in the presence of another member of the Bishopric (either the Bishop's 1st or 2nd Counselor). Those responsibilities were to be fulfilled every Sunday, and occasionally on other days of the week as necessary. I have since accepted a new responsibility that I am currently learning and developing in.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Simple Answer: No. Detailed Answer: See below. Saying that Joseph Smith is the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (LDS) may cause a misunderstanding for some. LDS doctrine teaches that Jesus Christ is the head of the church, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church that existed in Old Testament and New Testament times. The "of Latter-day Saints" in the church's name denotes that this is the last dispensation before Jesus Christ's Second Coming, or the last period of time in which the Lord has at least one authorized servant on the earth who bears the keys of the holy priesthood. The Old Testament and New Testament discuss various dispensations when Christ's church existed on the earth in its authentic state. So, what is the importance of Joseph Smith in relation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Like Noah, Abraham, and Moses, Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. He was simply a man called to speak for the Lord and played a key role in the restoration of Christ's church here upon the earth in these latter-days. Like Noah, Abraham, and Moses, we do not worship Joseph Smith, but study his life and teachings to better understand the will of God. Joseph Smith may had been a leader, but he was not and is not the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The head of the church is clearly stated in the church's name. The Church of "Jesus Christ" of Latter-day Saints Show more Show less