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Hi I'm Chris B

Originally from the not-so-sunny Northwest. I'm a tech-geek, love sports and, above all, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of 2 wonderful children, boy and a girl. I've been married for close to five years now and am still trying to find out how it can feel like I just met my wife while feeling like we've been together forever at the same time. I waited to start college until I was 25; just too much life to live, I suppose. Now, I'm just about done with my degree and am working full-time in a job field I'm passionate about. I get to spend my spare time with my family, playing basketball or, if there's time, a few moments with a video game.

Why I am a Mormon

I am not a traditional Mormon in the sense that my parents, grandparents, and so on, all were members of the church before me. My mother was reacquainted with the Mormons while she was pregnant with me. Searching for a religion to help her understand her purpose in life more fully led her to become active again in the Mormon faith. My father, however, did not become a member, nor is he a member of my faith at this time. As a result, I grew up attending church by choice. My mother set a wonderful example of church attendance, and my father set a wonderful example of living a life of integrity, honesty, and service. Because of this, I could see God's love in two separate, yet wonderful ways. First, I could see from my father the blessings and reasons for being a good person, regardless of any external motivations; good or bad. From my mother, I came to understand the reasons why living a Christ-like life blesses me, why following my faith allows me the opportunities to be more like Jesus Christ, and, ultimately, gives me purpose here with a focus on what lies in store for me and my family. With these two perspectives, I can easily say that I am a Mormon because I believe in God, love my Savior, and want to be more like them because I choose to do so. And that choice, like yours, is my own to make. Doing so brings me peace and joy in this life and a comfort in knowing that the same peace and joy is mine to have, forever.

How I live my faith

I am an active member of my faith. I am currently serving as a counselor to the Bishop of our congregation. It is a time-consuming experience, for sure, and I don't get paid anything for my efforts. But, the opportunity to serve and get to know others, love them for who they are, and lend my time and talents to a greater good is more payment than I could ever ask for.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Chris B
The original definition of a cult is followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices. With that in mind, just about every religion, including Mormonism falls into this definition. Today, cults tend to be depicted more as groups that have exaggerated, extreme viewpoints, requiring complete, unquestioned obedience to their practices. Because of the rigidity of practicing all aspects of the Mormon faith, labeling the religion as a cult is an easy way to misrepresent the religion itself. The Mormons couldn't be farther from this depiction as a "cult". The Mormon faith is a religion built upon the freedom to choose; a basic tenant of humanity. Mormons choose to live their faith, to worship Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer, of their own free will and choice; much like anyone else can choose to do, whether they are Mormon, or not. Those with a desire to follow all the tenants of Mormon theology do so out of choice, not out of obligation or coercion. Show more Show less