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Hi I'm Chris Bernal

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Colorado and was raised by a wonderful family. I am a convert to the LDS church & was baptized in 2004.

About Me

I am a Mormon because I know that this is the exact same church that Jesus Christ himself established during his mortal ministry. I have read the Book of Mormon, pondered its truths, and I have asked God if this book is true. By the power of the Holy Ghost, I can say for certain that the book and it's principles are true. As the prophet Joseph Smith said (and is published in the intro): "The Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." I love the values that the Church espouses. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and has a plan specifically tailored for me to help me make the most of my time here on earth. I know that living the principles taught in the Book of Mormon and the Bible, as well as those taught by our current and former Church leaders - men called directly of God - will help me (and my family) to maximize our happiness and joy in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I live what I believe through by faith and service. I believe it is my faith and knowledge of the truth that leads to action. I try to live my life in a way where my faith is reflected in all that I do. While I know I am imperfect and make daily mistakes, I use my testimony in these essential truths as my guiding light to help me make correct decisions, as well as to repent of any mistakes I make along the way. My family and I attend church regularly (every Sunday). It is a way to fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters (to be edified, as well as to do our part to edify others), to teach and to be taught, and most importantly, it is a time where we can worship the Lord and renew our baptismal covenants. We do this each week through the partaking of the Sacrament, which symbolizes the sacrifice our Savior made for us and is the way in which we can return to live with God after this life. I am eternally grateful for the healing and redeeming power that comes with worthily partaking of this sacred ordinance each week. Additionally, I live my faith by attempting to follow the example of service. As a church family, we do whatever we can to serve others in our community whenever and however possible. Sometimes this means performing yard work, while at other times it's a warm meal or an ear to listen. The means by which service is offered differ, but the message remains the same: we are all brothers and sisters here together, and we all will face trials. It is our goal to help strengthen each other in our times of need.

How I live my faith

I attempt to live my faith in all that I do. I do not believe it is enough to merely live my faith one day a week for a given amount of time - it must be part of who I am. It starts with how I act and how I treat others, but there are other factors as well. I believe that true faith in Jesus Christ leads us to action. This action can be made manifest in any number of ways - and we know that despite all that we do we still need the grace and mercy of our Lord & Savior to make it back to live in His presence - but nevertheless, we do all that we can to help increase our testimony and to help others. I live my faith through daily personal prayer and scripture study. This is a tough one for me as I did not grow up reading my scriptures regularly. While I am not perfect at this yet, I strive for to do so daily anyway (and hope that someday I get there!). I also attend church each week with my family. I am fair and honest in my dealings with my friends, coworkers, and neighbors. As aforementioned, I am far from perfect, but I strive to be an individual of integrity and personal strength, but I also show my outgoing and unique personality. It is important to know that while living what I believe, I am still very different from anyone else and have unique traits (some good, some bad!). Another key is service. When reading in the Bible, it is clear that the Savior's life was devoted to serving others. While many around me are much better at offering their time and services, I too try to do my part. This is done through visiting families in our ward family each month, as well as unplanned service opportunities. Sometimes this means lending a hand when someone is moving, rolling up our sleeves for yard work, or even a home-cooked meal or a listening ear.