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Hi I'm Chris.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. My wife and I have nine wonderful children. I am a high school social studies teacher and I get to coach my favorite sport - volleyball. I also enjoy other sports, camping with my family, reading good books, serving in the Church, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents were good examples of faithful Mormons. Our ancestors were Mormon pioneers. Throughout my life I have enjoyed the friendships I have made in the Church. Growing up in California, I always felt like I could stand for something and my friends of other faiths seemed to respect me for standing up for what I believed. When I served as a full-time missionary for the Church, I was not sure how to share my "conversion story." It seemed like everyone else had one, yet I did not, because I had always believed. A wise teacher told me that "Moroni's promise" applied to me too. That night I read Moroni 10:3-5, as I had done previously. Only this time I remembered how merciful the Lord had been to me and received the unmistakeable witness of the Holy Ghost. I was reminded as it was brought to my mind the many times from my childhood I had felt the redeeming love of the Savior and the promptings of the Holy Ghost who taught me that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ of which I was a part was true. From then on I had a conversion story, though mine was not a moment in time but a lifetime of moments when the Gift of the Holy Ghost testified of the truth of Mormonism.

How I live my faith

I have always loved the Gospel and tried to live it. I have weaknesses like other men, but I try to honor covenants I have made to keep God's commandments and to be a witness of the Truth of His Gospel. I strive to serve in The Church of Jesus Christ by accepting callings to teach and minister in our local congregation.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Chris.
I believe that families are what life is all about. My wife and I have been blessed with a large family. It's not easy, but we are grateful for the blessings our Father in Heaven has bestowed upon our family. We would not trade our family for the world. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” states in part as follows: We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife. Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. For more information, please go to http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/basic-beliefs/membership-in-christ-s-church/forever-families. Show more Show less