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Hi I'm Chris.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young husband and father, currently employed as a metallurgical engineer. I grew up in the Seattle area, went to college at Utah, attended graduate school in New England, and have lived in the midwest. I currently live in the southeastern United States. Roughly ten years ago, I served a two-year mission in Taiwan, where I learned Mandarin Chinese.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon and went to Church regularly for my entire childhood. As Mormons, we talk about a "testimony," which is a spiritual witness of truth, such as the truthfulness of the Bible or of God's reality. We are encouraged, through prayer and study and application of Gospel principles, including Christ-like attributes, to develop our faith into a testimony, a spiritual confirmation or witness of the goodness and the truth of certain principles. As a boy, I received a testimony from God as I read the scriptures, especially The Book of Mormon, and as I prayed. This testimony has been with me since my childhood, and is a constant reminder and motivator for me to continue not just believing, but participating actively in the faith.

How I live my faith

For me, the most important aspect to my faith is my relationship with God. By daily reading the scriptures and praying, I find myself growing closer to the Lord. I also find that I am a better husband and father, and that I enjoy life more when I feel close to God. I enjoy reading scripture stories, praying, singing religious songs, and talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with my wife and two sons. I also attend our weekly congregation's three-hour block of meetings on Sunday. I have enjoyed visiting other members at their homes as part of a Church assignment. I enjoy teaching and currently am responsible for teaching a weekly adult Sunday School class in our local congregation. I learn a lot and enjoy teaching.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No Mormons are required to serve a mission. Missionary service is 100% voluntary. The Church encourages all young men to prepare for and serve a full-time mission, but offers no punishment or discipline for those who choose to not go. Young women are not specifically encouraged to serve, but if they are interested, they are more than welcome to do so. Older, retired individuals are also encouraged to serve missions, meaning that middle-aged couples often look forward to post-retirement missionary service. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

For me, humankind's ability to reason and understand and comprehend even the possible existence of God is some witness to me. Another evidence for me is the great similarity among different peoples in different cultures throughout the world: for instance, many cultures and religious traditions teach the importance of chastity, of kindness, of respect, and of love for others. Another evidence is the goodness of others in the world. Though there is much of hate and darkness in the world, so too is there much of goodness, truth, and light, which for me is most strongly evidenced in the goodness of those in the world, who to me feel like my spiritual brothers and sisters. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Our bodies can be tabernacles or temples for the Holy Spirit. Hence, as the Old Testament temple was a place where the Lord's presence was, so in our bodies is the presence of the Holy Ghost able to be felt. Just as the Lord spoke to Elijah in a still, small voice, so He can speak to us today, through the Holy Ghost, in a still, small voice. By showing reverence for our body, we are more receptive to this still, small voice. Some things we can do to show reverence for our bodies are to keep the law of chastity, to be modest, to eat healthily, and to exercise regularly. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mormons are a group of people who live all over the Earth. They come from nearly every ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic background imaginable. We believe in Christ, His Gospel, and the power of His Word. Like other Christians, we strive to live our lives as Christ would have us live, according to the teachings of the scriptures, guidance by the Holy Spirit, and the dictates of our own conscience. We make and keep sacred covenants that one day we might live with God as families. Show more Show less