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Hi I'm Chris

I am a 23 year old college student who grew up in California and Tennessee. I come from a family of 7.

About Me

I love all kinds of sports. I played football, volleyball, wrestled, and competed in track and field. I like lifting, running, hunting, archery, shooting guns, motocross, street bikes, four wheeling, wakeboarding, cliff jumping, lock picking, listening to music, concerts, movies, camping, climbing, basketball, bbq, fire breathing, relaxing and chilling with friends, learning, reading, spending time with family, working, and whatever fun and random things my friends and family are doing. I am a full time college student at Brigham Young University (BYU). My major is Exercise Science, with a minor in business management. Once I graduate from college next year we will go to dental school, and then start private practice possibly with my brother and father.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were some of the first early church members in the 1800's, so I was born into a Mormon family. I was baptized when I was 8 years old by my father. I do not remember much about my baptism; but I do remember that it felt right. I felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that what I was doing was pleasing to my Heavenly Father. At such a young age I trusted my parents as they encouraged me to follow my Savior’s example. I did not understand much at the time of my baptism, but my testimony and faith has strengthened through time, study, and service. As I reflect back I am grateful for the decision I made to be baptized in the Lord’s church. My testimony is made up from many different elements and principles pieced together. Over time through striving to keep the commandments, I have gained a personal witness of their truthfulness. They have not come all at once, and often would come after the trial of my faith. But when I reflect back and look to where it all started, and really where the core of my faith originates, I am led back to the Book of Mormon. It is here where I received witnesses from the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, and that I am a loved son of Heavenly Father. I was taught that through the Savior’s Atonement I can be cleansed, purified, and strengthened. I was taught that through obedience to the commandments all of God’s children, my brothers and sisters, can return to live with Him again as families. It is here where I then understood that Joseph Smith, the Book’s translator, truly was a prophet of God. And it is here where I then realized that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ really did appear in 1820 and spoke with him face to face. This taught me that we are all created in the image of both the Father and the Son, and that They have glorified, resurrected bodies of flesh and bone. I now know that the priesthood and the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored, or brought back, after centuries of being lost. I know that a living Prophet of God President Thomas S. Monson, and twelve Apostles, are here to lead and guide us in what is right in our day and circumstances. How have I come to know that the Book of Mormon is true? Not all at once. It as well came with time as I read, pondered, and prayed about it. I did my best to apply its teachings. This is how I saw the transforming affect it not only had on my life, but that of my family, friends, and others in the church as a whole. I also decided to put Moroni’s promise to the test (see Moroni chapter 10, verses 3-5, page 529) and pray and ask God if the book was true. I knew that He is the ultimate source of knowledge, and would never lead me astray. I cannot say that I “received my answer” the first, second, or even the third time praying. But I do remember feeling in my heart that it was good, and something I should continue to follow. As I continued to sincerely pray, these feelings strengthened. I have not received a huge manifestation, or seen a light or note come down from heaven telling me that it is true. But I now know with all my heart that every single one of those 531 pages is true. I know that because of the witness the Holy Ghost has borne to me, through the feelings of my heart, and the thoughts in my mind. My testimony is built on just simple, but very real and powerful spiritual experiences. Every time I pray to know if the Book of Mormon is true, I get a reoccurring and refreshing of my testimony. It just feels right, and just makes sense. These small building blocks of faith have molded my testimony into what it is today.

How I live my faith

When I was 19, I was able to travel to Scotland for two years for full-time missionary service! There I was able to teach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and serve and volunteer in the community. In Tennessee I was able to volunteer at a homeless shelter downtown and help serve food. In Provo Utah I am able to teach and show children how to properly care for their teeth.