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Hi I'm Chris

I have a wonderful wife and four wonderful children. I am familiar with God's love and I am happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a Mormon family. My mother was a school teacher my father a college professor. We were always taught to consider all sides of an issue and to question things - including the reasons for our faith. I am busy. My time is generally spent on three things. Work-wise, I'm currently a director of marketing for a good-sized company. Church-wise, I am a lay bishop. And, as mentioned above, I'm a husband and father. Unfortunately, my time is generally spent in that order, which is the reverse order of lasting consequence, but that's the way it is for now. If I get a few minutes to myself, I'd rather read a good book than just about anything. My favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, George Will, and Charles Dickens. I look forward to meeting Dostoevsky in the next life. I am also a sports fan--BYU football and basketball and the Seattle Mariners are my favorites. Sports are pretty much a waste of time, but I find myself drawn to them like a moth to a light sometimes. Besides that, I can't stand pulp in my orange juice and when I travel overseas, I really miss ice cubes in my drinks! 

Why I am a Mormon

I got my start in Mormonism from my parents. I have remained a Mormon for four reasons. First, I have had personal spiritual experiences which have confirmed to me that the teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, as we call it, are true. Second, I have experienced the peace, goodness, and harmony that exist in my life when I live the gospel - and the opposite when I don't. Third, I have observed similar experiences and results in the lives of others around me. And, fourth, I love the harmony of logic present in gospel teachings.  

How I live my faith

I sometimes hear people speak of the hypocrisy of religion and those who profess to adhere to it. If hypocrisy consists of sometimes falling short but frequently wanting to do better, then it definitely applies to me. My goal is to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ and to acquire in some small ways some of his attributes--love, kindness, compassion, submissiveness, etc. My strong desire is to communicate to those I love--my children, friends, neighbors--the happiness that comes from following the gospel of Jesus Christ and the love that can be felt when we strive to be close to Him. I know He lives and loves us with a love that is kind, fair, compassionate, and perfect.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes! I don't think anyone believes more literally in the divinity of Jesus Christ or His role as Savior than do the Mormons. Here is my all-time favorite sermon from an LDS Church leader - it is a must-read (though it's even better to listen to!): http://lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/the-way?lang=eng Show more Show less