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Hi I'm Christopher

I grew up in the USA. I enjoy composing music, and writing hymns and songs. While driving I listen to talk radio.

About Me

My wife and I have been married just over 30 years. She is a receptionist and I work as an inside sales representative at an inbound call center. We are blessed with 4 adult children (a daughter and 3 sons), a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. All of whom we love very much. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. Employment has taken me to 36 countries on six continents developing distribution and sales of consumer products. I enjoy composing music, and writing hymns and songs. While driving I like listening to podcasts that I down load to my MP3 player from the Mormon Chanel at www.radio.lds.org, the Book of Mormon on CD, and talk radio. I am thankful for the freedom of speech and the blessing of liberty. All good things come from God.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to have grown up in the church. My parents used to be Presbyterian before joining the Mormon denomination. When I was a child my dad played basketball in a city league and my mom would take us with her to the games. I remember Dad having a conversation with a guy after a game who was asking him questions about the church. He told Dad that he could not believe in the Book of Mormon. Dad asked him, “Have you read the Book of Mormon?” He said no. Dad asked, “Then how do you know it isn’t true?” I thought about his question. On the other hand: how could I know if the Book of Mormon was true if I had not read it myself? I was not a very good reader. But at age 13 I set a goal to read it. It took me almost nine months. I felt good about accomplishing my goal, and there were a lot of good things in it. It made me a better reader, but I didn’t particularly know it was true at that point. It wasn’t until I began reading the words of the eleven other men who had seen, handled, and hefted the golden plates from which the book was translated that the Spirit of the Lord told me: This is real. It’s more that just a nice story. Since then I have read and searched the Book of Mormon many times. I have prayed and asked God to help me know if it is true. He has answered my prayers. I know that that the Book is the word of God. It is evidence that Jesus is the Messiah (Christ). I know that God has established this Church to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the world and to prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah. I am a Mormon because Mormons embrace the truth wherever it is found (in history, science, religion, etc) and they teach that when you are in the service of your fellow beings you are in the service of God. I am a Mormon because this church strengthens my faith in Jesus Christ and helps me to connect with God. I accept all the deeds of Jesus Christ and want to follow his teachings.

How I live my faith

If you have a heart to serve the Lord this church is a wonderful place to do it. There are many opportunities to serve and lots of study helps to find answers to your questions. I work with another brother in the church to serve 3 families in our congregation. (When they were living at home my sons would go with me). We visit these families once a month to encourage and strengthen them in their faith by bringing them a 15 minute message taken from the writing of the prophets and apostles. We also help them with home repairs or whatever else they may need. One time, the wind blew off part of the siding from one of these families’ houses. The father of the family was out of town at the time and gave me a phone call for help. The loose siding was knocking against the house and made it difficult for people to sleep. I went over and helped their son to get it reattached. When they go out of town I stop by to make sure their homes are undamaged. Especially after storms when flooding is a common occurrence. I go with the missionaries from time to time when they have appointments with people in my area. Sometimes I help answer questions that people may have about God, the scriptures, the church, and etc. I volunteer at “The Bishop’s Storehouse”, a food pantry owned by the church. I pack food orders for people who are out of work or underemployed so that they can have something to eat. After the orders are packed, I sometimes help deliver and unload the truck of food orders at various drop-off points. Some people in need live too far away the storehouse or are unable to come and pack their own orders, so we deliver it to the drop-off sites where they can come for the food. I feel happy to help people in need. The church provides a safe environment in which to serve others.

Are Mormons Christians?

Christopher
YES! Peace on Earth and good will toward men will spread as people accept Jesus Christ and follow his teachings. Mormons have additional evidence that the claims of Jesus Christ are true, and that the Bible (when translated correctly) is the word of God. Jesus Christ is the Messiah. “He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” He died and on the third day after his death he came back to life. He promised that he would return. He has restored his priesthood and gospel to the earth to bless our lives today and to prepare the world for his public return in glory. Some Christians have a special definition of the word Christian such that it excludes many people including some 1st century believers and the prophets in the Bible. I prefer the simple dictionary definition of Christian: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I like the sentiment of Markham: “He drew a circle that shut me out— Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win; we drew a circle that took him in!” - Charles Edwin Markham (1852-1940) American poet & author, school teacher, principal & superintendent in California, USA. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Christopher
“I believe the Bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers” –Joseph Smith The Holy Bible is precious to me because it contains the word of God. I wish that we had more of the word of God. The Bible is full of truth. I thank God for it, and I am grateful for all those who have labored and given their lives that we might have this precious book. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Christopher
God created this world for the blessing and education of mankind. We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. They are one Godhead, but three separate and distinct beings. The Godhead does not have a body, but it is a body - the governing body in the universe. God the Eternal Father: He is the Father of spirits. He has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as man's body, but full of glory and perfection eternally united to His spirit. We pray to Him. His Son Jesus Christ: Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, He offers forgiveness and eternal life in the kingdom of His Father, to those who have faith in Him, repent of their sins, are baptized in His name, receive the Holy Ghost, and continue to exercise faith in Him to the end of their lives by practicing his teachings. After His resurrection when His disciples saw Him they first thought it was a spirit. But He said: “Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is myself: handle me and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” (Luke 24:37-39). In the last day all will be resurrected and arraigned before Christ to be judged by Him. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is LORD and Christ. The Holy Ghost: He testifies of the Father and the Son. He teaches me what to do to purify my life. When the Holy Ghost is with me I feel love, joy, peace, and accepted by God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Christopher
No. As a member of the Lions Club I sold Christmas trees to fund a program to prevent blindness. We collected coats for the needy and recycled the frames of eyeglasses to help reduce the cost of vision care. I know of other Mormons who work in other community service organizations like Rotary and Kiwanis, and they are active in parent teacher associations at the local school. Many Mormon dads coach youth sports teams not affiliated with the church and help with transportation I have worked along side of other volunteers from the church to paint the eaves and soffits of a neighbor’s house who was not of our faith. He was unable to do the painting himself. He walked with a cane and had a condition that did not allow him to get up on a ladder. But he bought the paint and we supplied the labor. He needed the help and was very appreciative of the help he received. Most Mormon congregations sponsor the Boy Scouts and often church members help the young men with their service projects which have included blood drives, gathering food for the community food bank, building a shot-put area at the high school to name a few. Recently, a group of about 180 of our congregation with our non church friends participated in packing food at another Christian organization called Feed My Starving Children. We packed food that was sent to Haiti to help the victims of an earthquake. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Christopher
It was engraved on metal plates by a man named Mormon, who lived from about 310 AD to 385 AD. Mormon took various records that were handed down from the prophets, kings, and scribes of his people and abridged them into a single book called the Book of Mormon. His writings cover a time period from about 600 BC to 385 AD when he died. Before he died he passed his work over to his son, Moroni who added an abridgment of the writings of Ether, some selections of Mormon's letters to Moroni, and a few words of his own. Moroni died around the year 421AD. Before he died, Moroni put the plates into a stone box where they remained buried in a hill until their discovery in September of 1823 by Joseph Smith, Jr. The first English translation was published in 1830 with a USA copyright showing Joseph Smith, Jr. as author and proprietor. US law required an author and proprietor be named in order to issue the copyright. But while Joseph Smith, Jr could be named author of the English translation it was in fact a translation of the work done by Mormon and his son Moroni centuries earlier. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Christopher
When I see a row of corn growing in a nice straight line, I know somebody planted it that way. It didn't get there by itself. Where there is design, there is a designer. Where there is order, there is an organizer. Where there is creation, there is a creator. There is both chaos and order in the universe. Order is evidence of the existence of God. The fact the Jesus Christ died and then came back to life tells me that there is a God, and the teachings of Jesus Christ are true. When I read the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible and think about what they tell me about Jesus, I feel the spirit of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Christopher
To help people, and because it's what I believe God wanted me to do. One of the things I learned is that no two missionaries are the same. God blesses people through the service of each one. Maybe God wants you to be a missionary too :) Show more Show less