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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a bassist, songwriter/singer who has a love for life and Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm 20 years old. I grew up in the church but need as much conversion as anyone. There were missionaries that taught me and my family about the Restoration of the Gospel in a way that the Spirit could testify of the truth in a way that I had never felt before. I'm a guitarist, bassist, singer and song-writer. I love music! All kinds! But there is a very special place in my heart for punk-rock. I'm an athelete. I love basketball and football. I spend my brief time in the morning to exercise as well as possible. I played ball in high school. My goal is to get back in shape and try out for the basketball team at BYU. I'm the eldest son in an eternal family. I am an older brother to two younger brothers. I can't express in adequate terms my love for my family. They are the back-bone of my character.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14, I was finally aware that I had the ability to do as I wanted. I questioned everything with ferocity. “Why” was my favorite word. Being an old soul and having the inclination to doubt, I never took anything that was told to me seriously until I knew for myself. I demanded explanation why we did what we did. I was no longer content just following the rules of my parents. On Friday nights, I often stayed home and watched TV with my brothers or played video games while my friends went out and partied. Living in small town Iowa left me the only LDS kid in the middle school. I knew that they would drink, illicit behavior would be present and that a "good time" would be had. I felt like I was being deprived socially. The rules of my home were nothing but imposed restrictions that were there to make sure I didn't embarrass my parents. It came to a head one Friday night. I had it out with my mother. I demanded answers why. Why did God want us to do what we do? Why do I have to be so different? Why do I have to tell people I don't do things because it's against my religion? She calmly answered that I must read the Book of Mormon. Out of either spite or anger, I pick up the Book and read veraciously. I did it in a "I'll-show-you" attitude. Eventually, my heart softened and the inspired council of the doctrines of Christ led me to some incredible experiences, conclusions and realizations. I know that Book is true. No one could have written a Book so powerful save he was inspired of God. Now It is the keystone of my religion which is based on the foundation of Christ. I, and anyone who claims to be a Christian and desire truth, cannot deny that the Book of Mormon is another witness of Christ.

How I live my faith

I am now dedicated to preaching and teaching full-time. When I say full-time, I mean every moment of the day. I talk to all I see about the Church, about the Book of Mormon and about the miracle of Christ's life. If you ever see me, I'll gladly talk to you about what I do and what I know.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Chris
I attribute the explosive growth of the Church to two things. First, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church restored. Another way of saying that is that the LDS Church is the Church thtat Christ stands at the head of. God is the author of all truth. All that take the challenge of the LDS Church and read and pray about the Book of Mormon will have the Testator of all Truth, the Holy Ghost, confirm to them that it is true. The Church is growing because its claims are true and church members are more than willing to share. Second, the emphasis on famliy means that many couples have many children. With many people maintaining large, strong families that are faithful, Church size grows exponentially over time. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Chris
The Book of Mormon and The Holy Bible are volumes of scripture regarding two different groups of people. The Holy Bible tells of the stories, prophecies and revelations of prophets that lived in the "Holy Land." Similarly, the Book of Mormon tells of the stories, prophecies and revelations of a group of people who left the Holy Land at God's command and made their way to another promised land. God had a great work to be brought forth. He called upon Joseph Smith to find, translate and propagate new scripture to stand as evidence of a Restoration of Jesus Christ's original Church and Gospel. After sincere prayer one night, an angel appeared to Joseph Smith in his youth telling him of this great work that he had been called to do. He was sent to a hill near his home were the Golden Plates were hidden. After procuring the plates, he translated them by the power of God and published it as the Book of Mormon. This book is the evidence that acts as the keystone of the claims of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I know it to be true. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Chris
The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture. It is another witness that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be. It was written by men as moved upon by the Holy Ghost. If you are already a Christian, you know that Jesus is the Savior of all mankind. The Book of Mormon is the prophecies and teachings that the people of the Ancient Americas had about Christ and His Gospel. It also details their history and other happenings that were significant to be written. If you aren't of the Christian faith, it is another book of scripture from people who knew Jesus was who he said He was. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Chris
The attitude of the Church towards homosexuality is consistant with the Holy Scriptures, modern and ancient. The Bible tells us that homosexuality is a sin. It is regarded as a 'confusion' in the Old Testiment and a 'lust' in the New Testiment. We also follow an idea common in other Christians; that is, hate the sin, love the sinner. Homosexuality in action is a sin. Feelings of lust toward another, regardless of gender, are sinful. But, we are living in accordance of the laws of God when we obstain from and conquer our lusts. We love and support all regardless of sexuality and, if they are willing, will do whatever it takes to help them to follow God's commandments. Show more Show less