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Hi I'm Chris Schleier

I'm a brother, a son, a best friend, and a poet. I'm 6'10" and I love to play team sports. My name is Chris, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy being in nature and spending time with friends and family. I am one of four siblings. My hobbies are playing basketball, football, and other team sports, hiking, writing in my journal, writing poetry, and singing. I am currently preparing to become licensed to sell insurance in the state of Georgia.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church, having only been a member since July, 2007. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ, and following the doctrine of the Church has brought me unmatched peace and a fullness of joy. I have a testimony that I know that this gospel is life changing. It has transformed my life. I testify to everyone reading this that the Church and its doctrine is true: That we are, in fact, led by a living prophet in these latter days. The fullness of the everlasting gospel has been properly restored by Joseph Smith. I know, as the Holy Spirit has bore truth of the matter unto me, that Joseph Smith saw our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ in a vision. The Church is true, and everyone that will abide with the gospel of Jesus Christ will experience the same fullness of joy and unmatched peace that I have felt, and continue to feel day by day. In my testimony, I stand shoulder to shoulder with the testimony of the Three and Eight special witnesses to the Book of Mormon (which can be found in the front of every official copy of the Book of Mormon) when they made this statement.... "We know of a surety that the work is true.....and we give our names unto the world, to witness unto the world." I testify, with vigor and zeal, that the Book of Mormon is true. I know and share with you that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ's Church on the earth today, the only church that contains the fullness of His everlasting Gospel. He is the Lord and Savior of every mortal who walks the face of the earth. I speak with absolute certainty. This church is led by divine priesthood authority, even the authority of the Lord, Jesus Christ, which also has been restored. And I willingly give my own name unto the world, to witness unto the world that which I verily know to be true. As stated by the special witnesses to the Book of Mormon I referenced earlier, I know with no doubt that, with them, "[I] lie not.......God bearing witness of it."

How I live my faith

From January 2011-January 2012 I served a church service mission in the Lithia Springs ward in the Powder Springs, Georgia Stake. I did service work in church buildings and in the Atlanta Temple during the day Monday-Friday, and week nights and all day on weekends I spent time doing missionary work. I have a passion for missionary and serving others. I also find it important to keep the covenants which I made when I was baptized into the church, "To mourn with those that mourn, yea, to comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as [a witness] of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in." (Mosiah 18:9) Simply put, my life is a mission. That mission is to share with others the full measure of joy that comes from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which has been restored in its fullness in these, the Latter-days.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Chris Schleier
Modesty is a very important principle among members of our church. To practice it is to show Heavenly Father how much you respect the gift he has given you, which is the body. He has informed us that the body is a temple, and has commanded us to abstain from abusing it in any manner whatsoever. One of the ways that we can abuse the body is by dressing immodestly, which in a very unholy way draws attention to oneself, while causing others to have impure thoughts, which could lead them to committing impure actions. The Lord has given us the law of chastity to protect us, and to help keep us healthy spiritually. When we live as chaste beings, we are virtuous in thought, action, and in our language. Immodesty violates and corrupts the way that God would have us live. Parents play a crucial role in forming the attitudes that their children have towards moral cleanliness. If children are raised upon principles in the household that promote modesty, they will find in their day to day lives more peace of mind, and have a sensitivity to the beauties of life. When a household does not have principles of modesty, this often opens the door to temptations, and a binding addiction that is hard to break. Heavenly Father holds modesty and chastity high on the list he has of expectations for us: We, too, need hold these things as a high level of importance in our lives. When we do, we become happier, stronger, and more receptive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Chris Schleier
 The current prophet is Thomas Spencer Monson. Along with being the prophet for the world, he is also the president of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Chris Schleier
What is the Mormon lifestlye like? In one word Amazing. In two words Faithfully rewarding. In three words We follow Christ. We center our entire life around the ways Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father would have us live. We adhere to all of the commandments from our Heavenly Father The law of chastity, the word of wisdom, the laws of the fast and the tithe, along with the Ten Commandments, just to name a few of them. As a convert into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have noticed a dramatic, powerful difference in my life by changing who I was into who my Heavenly Father wants me to be. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Chris Schleier
Not at all! Serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is completely voluntary. No one is ever forced to serve a mission. But, speaking as a former missionary for the church, I testify that many able young men and women make the commitment to serve missions and sacrifice their time, efforts, and money in many cases, to fulfilling the commandment to preach the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. They do it because "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." (Doctrine and covenants 18:10) "Greater love hath no man than this...that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13) And as Jesus Christ, our Exemplar, sacrificed his life for the salvation of mankind, missionaries seek to make sacrifices for the salvation of the Heavenly Father's children. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Chris Schleier
There are several differences between attending church on Sundays at a meeting house and attending the temple. Firstly, We attend church meetings on Sundays as a part of keeping the Sabbath Day holy. We do it to "Keep [ourselves] unspotted from the world." We "Go to the house of prayer (church meeting house) and offer up [our] sacraments upon [His] (Heavenly Father's) holy day." We further believe "This is a day appointed unto [us] to pay [our] devotions unto the Most High." (Doctrine and Covenants 59:9-10.) By offering up our sacraments unto the Lord, it is meant that we humble ourselves before Him, and learn of him, and renew our covenants with Him by partaking of the Sacrament (bread and water), in the name of Jesus Christ. When we come to church, we learn of the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, of whom our faith is centered in. We come to church to learn, to grow, and to be strengthened. We do the things necessary for our salvation. When we go to the Temple, we perform ordinances, learn, and make covenants for and in behalf of deceased persons, whether they be family members, friends, or just brothers or sisters in the human family. One major difference between the two edifices: The church meeting house and the Temple, is that you need a special recommendation to enter the Temple. This is to ensure that you are worthy, because we as Latter-day Saints believe that the presence of the Lord is in His Temples, in a way that can nowhere else be found. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Chris Schleier
Amidst the common misconception that the prophet Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon, he most certainly did not. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates buried in the earth by one of the ancient Prophet-Historians named Moroni. Moroni, along with several other prophets that lived during the time the records in the Bible were taking place abroad, are the ones who wrote the Book of Mormon. These prophets were the ancestors to the native Americans on the American continent. I testify to anyone reading this that the Book of Mormon is true. It is, indeed, the word of God. I know this, not from believing someone who has told me, but by manifestation of the Holy Spirit. "What greater witness can you have than from God" (Doctrine and Covenants 6:23) One can obtain a "Witness from God" by following the counsel found in the introduction to the Book of Mormon: "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." I stand fervently with the Three and Eight special witnesses to the Book of Mormon, found in the front of every copy of the Book of Mormon, "We know of a surety that the work is true.......And we lie not, God bearing witness of it." Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Chris Schleier
The Word of Wisdom is a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith regarding physical health. It outlines what God wants us as His children to partake of, what we shouldn't partake of, what we should do to remain healthy, and what we should not do to remain healthy. We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are counseled not partake of any of the following: Tea, coffee, tobacco products, alcohol or illegal drugs. We are counseled to partake of fruits, vegetables, and a little meat. We are also counseled to exercise regularly, and to avoid idleness, laziness, and oversleeping. The promises that we receive from Heavenly Father if we obey and keep the Word of Wisdom is recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 89 verses 18-20.... "And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Chris Schleier
Yes! The Bible is most definitely revered as the word of God by Mormons. It is one of the four Standard Works from which we read, and consider scripture. These include The Old and New Testaments of the Bible, The Book of Mormon-which is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, A volume of books which are called the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church-which are direct communications from God to Latter-day prophets, And the Pearl of Great Price-which is a selection of documents that fell into the hands of the prophet Joseph Smith which he translated by the gift and power of God. We do not esteem any of these scriptures as superior or inferior to the others. As the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi explains:"[We] liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning." Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Chris Schleier
The Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ was the most important event in the history of the world. I have come to develop a deep gratitude and love for Him in my deep involvement in living His Restored Gospel. As I think about the pains and anguish, and sorrows, and despair He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, then to transpire to His even greater suffering upon the cross-the moments preceding His death...Then to have paid the ultimate price of death.....That is torment that I can not even comprehend. But, Why did He do it? Said the Book of Mormon prophet Alma: "He will take upon Him death, that He may loose the bands of death, which bind His people; and He will take upon Him their infirmities, that His bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that He may know according to the flesh how to succor (come to) His people according to their infirmities....The Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that He might take upon Him the sins of His people, That He might blot out their transgressions according to the power of His deliverance." Alma 7:11-13. He did it for me. He did it for you. He suffered and died so that you and I would not have to, if we would "repent and come unto Him" "The plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; Therefore, God Himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect God, and a just God also." Alma 42:15. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Chris Schleier
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, we believe first and foremost in following the example of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. When He came into the world, He taught us (His children) many important things pertaining to how we are able to return to live with Him and Heavenly Father after living in mortality. One of these important things that He taught us is the proper way to be baptized. He declared in the New Testament, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." We believe that to be "born of water," one must be baptized by immersion, by someone who holds the proper priesthood authority, for a remission of their sins. When one comes out of the waters of baptism, we believe that they are "cleansed from all unrighteousness" as the scriptures say, and are able to begin walking on a new path as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less