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Hi I'm Christopher L.

I'm a married law-student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married law student. I grew up with loving parents and a supportive family. I'm the second oldest of five children. I like sports, particularly basketball and soccer. I also really enjoy history; that was my major in college. I served an LDS mission in Europe. I met my wife before moving away from home to start law-school, and we were married at the beginning of 2011.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Mormons, so I was taught the gospel the teachings of the Mormon church, what we believe is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, from my earliest days. I could see what their membership in the church had done for them--how the gospel had played a central role in their lives. Of course, everyone has to choose for themselves which course to follow. I choose to continue living the gospel because of the good influence it has on my life. Being a member of this church helps me to see "the big picture" about life. It helps me to have real purpose and direction. The standards and teachings of the church have also spared me from making decisions that would have caused me heartache and pain, decisions that I have unfortunately seen others around me make with terrible consequences. Basically, I am Mormon because I have seen time and time again how being a Mormon helps me to lead a happy, purpose-driven life.

How I live my faith

There's a lot that I do on a personal level. I pray at different times throughout the day, I think about different things my church teaches and how those teachings should impact my decisions. I also study/meditate on gospel teachings every day. I also live the standards of my church, and try to be a good example of a Christian to those I interact with day-to-day. This means I try to be honest and kind, and I try to serve others. For a while, I taught the Sunday School class in my congregation. Currently, my wife and I work in the nursery at Church. Each Sunday, we watch after young children so that their parents can go to their other meetings (such as Sunday School).

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Christopher L.
You join the church through baptism. You become eligible for baptism by learning some of the basic teachings of the church and being willing to live in harmony with its teachings and standards. When you're baptized, you promise the Lord to keep His commandments and live and serve in the church. If you're willing to do that, you should be able to be baptized. Talk to two of our missionaries; they'll be able to help you. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Christopher L.
We believe that people who serve in the church should be called by inspiration, and that every member of the church should have an opportunity to serve in some role. Having a lay (unpaid) clergy means that everyone is available to be chosen for a leadership or teaching responsibility, according to the inspiration of the Lord. It is, after all, His church. I've been asked to serve in few different responsibilities. I was a teacher for a long time, but I've also been an administrator of sorts. In each different responsibility (we refer to it as a calling), I have learned something new. So not having a paid clergy also gives every member an opportunity to learn and grow. Also, not having a paid clergy removes the temptation to seek power or influence through church service. You don't really lobby for or pursue different callings in our church. Instead, the focus is on being ready to serve other members of the church in whatever capacity you are asked. Show more Show less