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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a principal of 250 some odd Jr. High students. I'm a runner. I'm a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel that my job and my family define who I am. I am a junior high principal and I love it. I truly enjoy working with young people and watching them grow and change. I became a teacher because I wanted to change the world and determined that the best way I could change things was one kid at a time. I also love my family and the knowledge I have that I can be with them forever is one of the most comforting things I know. When I am not with my wife I want to be. If I have to go somewhere without her I feel like part of me is missing. I like to be part of groups that share a common goal, but don't like to feel like I am jumping on board a bandwagon. This often makes it difficult for me to join groups. I have to study things out in my mind for a good long while before I can make decisions. I love to work with my hands and build things.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18 I had to make a decision. Would I continue living the life my parents wanted me to or would I live the life I wanted to? The fall after I graduated from high school I had a new baby brother born. It seems that birth and death are always times for questioning our lives, this sure was that time for me. One night as I held my little baby brother I wondered to myself, "If I continue to live my life the way I want to, will he be able to use me as an excuse?" I decided then and there that I had to know for myself. I began reading the Book of Mormon and just like Moroni exhorted, I prayed about it. The feeling I got that night was unmistakable and I never looked back. I finished the Book of Mormon, served a mission, got married in the temple and that baby brother is now serving a mission of his own. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ because I prayed and got an answer. That answer was that the Book of Mormon is true. And because the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ, I know that Jesus Christ lives, is my Savior, and that I can be resurrected and receive eternal life with him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the best I can to keep the commandments. In my job I use the Savior as my example as I discipline students and as I work with my staff. Christ is a great example of distributing leadership; allowing others to fill leadership responsibilities and thereby spreading the workload. I attend my Sunday meetings and since I serve on the high council in my stake I tend to have more of those than the average member. I attend the temple as often as I can and now that my son has turned twelve I can take him and do baptisms for the dead. I received counsel when I became a high councilor that told me I should live my life as if I was being watched every second. I keep that in mind. Acting every second as if someone's faith could be affected by what I am doing keeps me on the right path. I read my scriptures every day. The Book of Mormon helps me remember who I am and the covenants I have made. It's not possible for me to teach the gospel directly at work, but I work gospel principles into everything I do.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I served a mission in the early nineties. My mission was paid for by myself. I grew up on a dairy farm and worked on the farm. Dad paid us. This taught us that work had value and we had responsibilities. My efforts on the farm allowed me to pay for my own mission. My brothers (three of them) have or are serving missions. They, too, paid for their missions by working for Dad. This has been a great blessing to each of us. Sometimes a young man can't pay for his own way. Members can help out by donating money to the young man in question. My family has done this in recent years, in fact, we are currently helping my youngest brother. The blessings we receive from Heavenly Father by doing this far outweigh any financial difficulties that might come up. When we exercise faith and follow His counsel we are blessed. Show more Show less