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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Californian. I'm a Texan. I'm a Londoner. I'm a Philadelphian. I'm a Tiger. I'm a Longhorn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was originally raised in California, though I lived in Oregon and Colorado growing up as well. As an adult, I've continued the semi-nomadic lifestyle, living in New Jersey, Nevada, Texas, Florida, London, England, and now most recently in Pennsylvania. In addition, I've worked in New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, Michigan, Leeds, England, Mexico City, Mexico, and Paris, France. I met my wife in Texas and we've been married over fifteen years and have three beautiful children who share our love of travel and adventure. I love reading and being outdoors, playing basketball, skiing (both snow- and water), and running.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a convert to the church in my youth, joining just before I started high school. My conversion, though, has been a lifelong experience as I have come to learn more about my Savior Jesus Christ and his gospel. I love the understanding and insight that I gain through the gospel of who I am, why I am here, why I need Christ, and what He can help me to become. I'm a Mormon because being one has both challenged and helped me to come to know Christ and feel of His love.

How I live my faith

I currently teach Seminary, an early-morning scripture study class for the high school-age members of our local congregation. Every weekday morning at 6:00am, I have the opportunity to meet with and be inspired by nearly twenty young men and women for whom it is important to prepare for the difficulties of daily high school life by starting their day in thoughtful study and prayer.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Chris
Those who would apply the label "cult" to Mormonism usually do so due to misunderstanding or misrepresentation (or both). People sometimes misunderstand our beliefs because they are unfamiliar to them; others misunderstand how the term "cult" has been defined and applied historically and therefore incorrectly use it to describe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These misunderstandings are usually easily resolved once people come to know members of the Church and learn of our beliefs. Some opponents and disaffected former members of the church deliberately misrepresent the beliefs and practices of the church to emphasize our differences from other Christian faiths in such a way as to make those differences appear sinister or bizarre, and then apply the term "cult" to evoke imagery of sensational suicide or mind control cults like Jonestown, the Branch Davidians, or Heaven's Gate. Unfortunately, such portrayals of Mormons and the LDS church are so distorted as to be unrecognizable by members or objective outsiders alike. The irony is that many Mormons are comfortable with being considered "different" so long as we are also given credit for those areas where we are more alike than different; and we are like our traditional Christian counterparts in so many areas that really matter: belief in the deity and divine sonship of Jesus Christ and of the necessity of personally accepting his atoning sacrifice in order to return to the presence of God. Show more Show less