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Hi I'm Christian

I'm an entrepreneur, an urban enthusiast, gay … and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was child, I wanted to be an architect. I saw the homes of friends and the buildings around me, and asked myself: if I could change anything about this place, what would it be. It’s a contagious way to look at the world. It spread from carpet swatches and landscaping to encompass everything I saw. If I could, my heart asks, how would I change the world? Today, I live in a small (576 square foot!) condo, downtown. I’m active in local issues — and spend countless hours working with my neighbors to tackle the challenges we face as a community. When I’m not at work or in a meeting, you’ll catch me eating in a local restaurant, hosting a dinner party, reading a novel ( I just discovered Iain M Banks! Wow! ), catching a movie or a gallery opening, or — if I’ve got a little extra time — you’ll find me exploring the back roads of the western United States ( man, I love a good road trip ).

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church at a very young age and grew up attending without my family — who were, by and large, not religious. Today, I'm the recipient of a wealth of spiritual experiences which confirm, affirm, and inform my walk with God and with my fellow Mormons. I love that as a Mormon, I'm taught to run towards heaven and not away from hell; I'm taught that I am truthfully a child of God — in a way that is more literal and comforting than I've seen in any other faith; I'm taught that hell isn't filled with people of other traditions, but people who had a perfect knowledge of God and rejected Him entirely; I'm taught that intelligence is the glory of God, that joy is the reason for our creation, and that friendship is an eternal principle. As a gay man who understands that my orientation is a gift and not a curse, I've often been asked how it is that I could possibly be part of a Church that so thoroughly misunderstands who I am and my value in the eyes of my Father in Heaven. It's hard, I say. I pray for change… but I also pray for patience. I was born gay … and I chose to be Mormon. And being Mormon is a choice I make every day. It's not always an easy choice — but it's mine. The Church is a work in progress. Just like me.

How I live my faith

Our local congregations (called “wards”) are entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers. As I've been a member of the Church most of my life, I've had the opportunity to serve my fellow Mormons in numerous of ways … I've taught New Testament stories to kindergarten-aged children, I've helped organize weekly activities for the men in the ward, visited home-bound members, sang in ward choirs, and given sermons from the pulpit. Of course, my faith can't be summed up by what I do within the walls of our chapel. It's really what I do moment by moment, and how I serve those who don't believe as I do that counts. You see, I live my faith by living my life as best I can by the teachings of Jesus Christ. On good days, my faith is expressed in how I treat my neighbors and how I react to people I disagree with. On my best days, my faith is expressed in how I treat people on the road. Seriously… driving is hard.

Are Mormons Christians?

I used to get really upset when people asked this question. How, I asked myself, can people think I'm not a Christian?! But with time and experience, I realized that the question was more complex than I had ever imagined — wrapped up in credal politics and parochial tides. In the end, I decided the question wasn't as important as I once thought. Perhaps Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission isn't far off when he call us the "fourth Abrahamic faith". In the end, I call myself a Christian so my neighbors know that I look to Christ as my exemplar and savior — and if I'm successful in living my faith, my neighbors will have no reason to doubt me. Show more Show less