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Hi I'm Chris

I'm an Educational Psychologist in Alberta Canada. I love sports, helping people to learn, and politics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Educational Psychologist working in several school districts in Northern Alberta. I'm married with five kids. I enjoy spending time with my family, and watching my two daughters and three sons learn new things. They definitely keep me entertained. I served a mission in France, where I learned how to speak french. I also have run and lost in a provincial election.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 12, I wasn't terribly popular in school. In fact, a couple times of week you could look into the soccer field and you would see a boy being chased by at least 20 other boys. Many of my troubles came from my deciding to do what my parents had taught me and to do what I learned in church. I wasn't interested in swearing, smoking or drinking. One day, I'd had enough. I thought to myself "Is it worth it?" I needed to know if following the standards I'd learned at home and in church were worth the social isolation. So I decided to read the Book of Mormon. I was preoccupied with reading it for about two weeks. I didn't understand a whole lot of what I was reading, but I was determined to find out if it was true. Basically, I ate, slept, went to school, and read. When I got to the end, I knelt down and prayed. I was afraid that I wouldn't get an answer, and I wasn't sure what I would do if I didn't get an answer. But as I prayed a thought came into my mind. "How have you felt when you've read?" I hadn't really thought about it. I felt calm and peaceful when I read, while the rest of my day I was depressed. When I realized this a warm feeling came into my heart. I knew that God loved me, and that what I was reading was true. That knowledge has made all of the difference in my life. As soon as I knew it was true and that God loved me, all other decisions in my life have been easy. It became easy for me to make sacrifices like not working on Sundays, and to deal with trials. My relationships with my classmates even improved. Today, when I think back on that experience my heart is filled with joy, and I have the same feelings in my heart. When people ask me why I go to church, or pay tithing, or why I don't smoke or drink, it is easy for me to say it is because I know that God loves me, he knows what is best for me, and this is something he wants me to do or not do.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to help others feel the love that God has for them. I do this by sharing the gospel with others, and by trying to help people out however I can. At church, I am responsible for making sure that all the members are cared for spiritually and physically. I do this by taking part in home teaching. Home teachers are male members of the church who visit other members of the church in their home. In addition to sharing a spiritual message, they make sure that those they visit have food on their shelves and assess if there are any other needs. I help find, organize and participate in service projects. It can be as simple as reading to someone, or big like cutting down trees and cleaning basements. There is nothing better in life than to serve. It's fun, you learn lots, and it feels great.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Chris
There are great blessings available to everyone in the temple. We need to be prepared spiritually in order to receive them. Being at the temple without being ready or worthy would be like going to a banquet when you are fasting. You would see all these great foods, but wouldn't be able to eat any. Similarly, you would see all of these great blessings but would know that you aren't worthy of them and couldn't receive them. As far as secrecy, I had the same question before I went to the temple for the first time. I can honestly say that what the church teaches about what happens in the temples is actually what happens in the temple. There are a few things that happen in temples. One of those things is baptism for the dead. When we are baptized for the dead, we stand in their place and are baptized. They have the choice to accept or refuse the baptism. We also learn about God's plan for us in greater detail. Finally, we are married for eternity and get sealed as families. This means, that we get to live together forever. I will always be married to my wife, and my kids will always be my kids. We will be together. God wants all of his children to receive all of these blessings. I'm grateful that I've been able to receive them. Show more Show less