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Hi I'm Chris Borcik

My wife and I became members when I was 32. The decision to join has been, by far, the best decision of my life.

About Me

I am the son of a career Naval Aviator. I grew up around airplanes and my father glamorized aviation. Consequently, I followed his footsteps & joined the Navy. He encouraged me to apply & eventually attend the Naval Academy. After graduation, I attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida where I met my wife. As a young married couple we traveled to different assignments in the Navy, beginning in Corpus Christi, Texas. Our first son was born in Brunswick, Maine. At the end of that assignment, I left the Navy for a flying career in commercial aviation. I have now worked for the same major airline for more than twenty-five years. During those early years in the airline industry, we had our second son. Not long after moving to Atlanta, Georgia, we ran into old acquaintances who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My wife had wanted to start attending church with our two boys; I on the other hand was very indifferent. I acquiesced, and before long we were learning more about the Mormon church from our friends and eventually we became members. A few years later we decided to have two more children, four sons altogether. As a father, husband, aviator, and now member of the Church, my life is enriched beyond words. I occasionally dabble with video production, home improvement projects and web designing. My greatest joy comes from spending time with my family, which now includes two grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Our mormon friends who introduced us to the church were loving, kind and helpful. I found that other members of the church were the same. When we started attending church functions, I noticed something else too. I noticed that I felt different when I was with members of the Church. I felt a greater sense of peace and joy deep within my soul. I didn't realize at the time what that was. Now I understand that they had a portion of God's Spirit within them. This caused me to investigate the Church more. We would spend every Friday evening with our friends playing games and socializing, and I would always end up asking some thought provoking questions. The doctrine was more deep and made more sense than the things I had been taught in my Christian upbringing, particularly the doctrine of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ being two distinct individuals and not "one" as I was taught in my youth. The concept of the Trinity I could never wrap my mind around, the doctrine of Jesus Christ being the literal son of God seemed to match scripture and made much more sense to me. It wasn't until after I decided to pray that I became convinced that the path I was on to join the Church was the correct one. Up until we had joined the Church, I had some lingering guilt of some of the things I had done in my past that I completely regretted yet could not get out of my mind. In scripture parlay, we call it sin. One night, after feeling tremendous remorse and guilt, and while reflecting on what I had been learning about prayer and Jesus Christ's sacrifice for our sins, I decided to ask God for forgiveness. It was during a clear evening as I was looking up at the stars and while feeling shame and remorse and a terrible forboding about my eternal destiny, I called upon God in earnest prayer, "God, can you possibly forgive me for what I've done?" At that moment, as I completed those words, I felt a tremendously fantastic feeling start to descend into my body. It was very discernable as it slowly descended into my being, beginning at my head and descending to my feet, filling my entire body. The feeling was so powerful, words can't match how I felt. It was a feeling of peace, tremendous love, warmth and joy. It literally replaced every bad feeling I was having up to that moment, and for those few minutes, I knew that God heard my prayer, I knew that He had forgiven me, I knew that it was made possible by the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for our sins, and I knew how God communicates to us through that feeling I later learned was the Holy Ghost. From that moment in 1992, I became an avid supporter of the Church and actively pursued ways to learn more about God and his son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church, we have many opportunities to serve. This, for me, has been a great opportunity for personal growth. One can't help but to do a little introspection when you work with a variety of different personalities and the theme of the Savior's message is to love and forgive one another. This has caused me often to ponder, "What do I need to learn?", or "What did I do wrong?", or "How can I be a better person?". When I pray for guidance in my life, whether it might be work related, church related, or family related, I have found that if I listen carefully in my mind for answers, they come. Living my faith has been to draw closer to Heavenly Father through prayer to learn how better to serve others. As God has guided my life and blessed it with joy, my desire, which is a natural byproduct, has been to help others gain a stronger testimony of the reality of a loving Heavenly Father who is only a prayer away. His wisdom exceeds our own and his great motivating power of love can be felt. What a tremendous message to the world that is!

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Chris Borcik
I think that some people believe the church is a cult because they are ignorant of what we believe. Some people believe that we are a cult because they do not believe that God would call a prophet in our day, that once Jesus Christ came, there was no longer a need for prophets. I find that reasoning difficult to believe, especially in light of the fact that many Christian churches can't agree on doctrine. That being the case, I think it is all the more reason to have a prophet, to clarify God's words. Additionally, historically prophets have been used by God to warn the people in some way or another. Biblical history testifies of many such instances. All Christians believe in the second coming of Christ and of the many calamities foretold associated with that event. I think a prophet of God is needed more than ever to warn the inhabitants of the earth prior to any such calamities. Show more Show less