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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a husband, a father of 3, a computer nerd, a video hobbyist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Chris and I wear a lot of hats. During the daytime, I'm a software engineer at a startup company. When I get home from work, I'm a husband to my wonderful wife (going on 10 years) and a dad to two beautiful daughters and one energetic son. I spend plenty of time wearing my church hat, where I serve as one of the leaders for our local congretation. My video hobbyist hat is usually a lot of late nights going through pictures and finding songs to best remember the last family vacation. I like most sports, where I wear real hats and root for BYU, ASU, the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Arizona Cardinals. In between switching hats, I steal a minute here and there to play Words with Friends with my wife, siblings, and in-laws.

Why I am a Mormon

I have attended the LDS Church since I was born, but that isn't why I'm a Mormon. As I grew and learned the doctrines of Faith, Repentance, Baptism, and the Holy Ghost; as taught in both the Bible and in the Book of Mormon, I felt a comfortable feeling of the truth of the Gospel. I came to respect the faith which Joseph Smith had in God when he prayed to find the truth, and wonder if my faith would have been as pure. I studied the Book of Mormon and prayed myself to know if it was true. As I did, I felt the same comfortable, familiar feeling and I knew my answer was 'yes'. When I turned 19, I left Arizona to be a missionary to the people of Guatemala for two years. This was an amazing experience. I studied Spanish in high school, but was nowhere near conversational. After a couple months of intense training and studying, I found myself a long way from home in southern Guatemala soon after Hurricane Mitch swept across Central America - and I was the only one who spoke any English for several miles around. Despite having a companion with me 24x7, there were times I felt alone. I had only the love I knew from my family, and my faith in Jesus that what I was doing was important and true. I felt the love of my Savior many times during those two years, helping me and reminding me how much he loves all his children here on Earth. After I came home and went to college, I found and married my beautiful wife. We have had lots of opportunities to serve in the church over the last many years. Each time is a little daunting, just like my first night in Guatemala. But, when I remember the love of Jesus that I felt back then, my fears are pushed aside and I know that this is His Gospel and His church.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good example to those around me. Starting with my family, but especially to anyone outside my home. I'm not naturally very conversational, so talking with someone I don't know always makes me nervous. So, I try to let my actions be my icebreaker and show my testimony of Christ. Jesus never failed to take an extra moment to teach, help, heal, or bless someone in need. I've got a lot of work to do to become like Him, but if I can take an extra breath and not yell or make a big deal when my kids don't listen or I feel slighted at work, it's a victory (and everyone is usually happier).