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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a father of five, a photographer, and a football nut. I have lived in the South my whole life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Louisiana and love being outdoors. I met my wife while attending college, and she is the love of my life. We have five great kids, aged 16 to 7, and we're constantly juggling school activities, work, and life in general. But most important, we are trying to fulfill our responsibility given to us by our Heavenly Father to properly prepare our children for the life ahead of them.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was in the second grade. Some would say I am a Mormon because I had no choice, but they're wrong. I'm not blindly following the faith of my parents, nor just a member because this is what I remember growing up with. I am a Mormon because I choose to be, and my choice is based upon an undeniable answer I received to a personal prayer asking God if The Book of Mormon was truly scripture, His word, given to us through His prophets. The answer was yes. For me, it was one of those life-changing moments you'll always remember, cherish, and rely on when life gets challenging.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in the small things I do everyday, regardless of what it is I am doing. As members of the church, we have been counseled it's easier to live the gospel standards 100% of the time instead of just 98%, and I firmly believe that is true. To help me achieve this lofty goal, I try to remember my kids are always watching, always learning from my behavior. I want the best for my kids, and that doesn't include them copying anything in my behavior in conflict with Christ's teachings. My favorite scripture is from Hebrews, chapter 11, verses 1 and 6. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . . But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” If we are always engaged in doing good things, like faithfully following the principles in Christ's beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, then I believe God will reward us for those things. The reward I treasure most is a deeper understanding of the gospel and what I need to do to live with God again.

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

Of course we do. How could we be followers of Christ if we rejected the Bible? The Book of Mormon is simply another testament that Jesus is the Christ, and it helps us gain a better understanding of the gospel by being another witness. Think about it this way. When we read the scriptures, we are seeking insight and advice from learned men and women who lived before us. Why should we limit the resources? The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price (which Mormons also regard as scripture just like the Holy Bible) give us more ways for us to learn about God and his ways. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

While we revere Joseph Smith as the first modern-day prophet of God, we do not worship him. Be assured that we worship God our Father and His son, Jesus Christ, who is our Lord and Savior. Jesus is the only one who can save. As Peter put it in Acts 4:12, "for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we can be saved." I can understand, however, why some people may be confused and think we worship Joseph Smith. It is because of our deep respect and reverence of what he has done for all of us. He has, through the Lord's help, restored the true church to the Earth, provided additional scripture to bring us closer to God, and brought the priesthood of God back. So we revere him for that. Just like, I would imagine, how the Jews revered Moses for delivering them from bondage by the Egyptians and brought them to the promised land. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

After Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, He put His church under the direction of Peter and the rest of the Apostles. But Satan worked hard against the church and succeeded in having many of the Apostles and other members killed. This opened the way for confusion and false teachings to enter, and the Lord eventually took away the priesthood authority and His church from the Earth. Men tried to carry on the gospel, but without communication from God they were left to figure things out on their own. This brought about much confusion and the creation of several christian religions. God ended this apostasy from the truth in the early 1800's by revealing himself to Joseph Smith and restoring the true church through him. Man could once again receive direct communication from God to guide His church. This restoration included the priesthood (the authority to act in God's name) and additional scripture (the Book of Mormon). Show more Show less