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Hi I'm Chris

I've lived mostly in the Seattle suburbs working in construction as a Manager. I strugle daily with being disabled. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three teenage boys. I have a wonderful wife that I have been married to for more than 7 years. Before becoming disabled I enjoyed many hobbies; such as swimming, biking, mountain and rock climbing, etc. I played sports recreationally and loved just about anything competitive, though I didn’t need to win. I believe in doing and playing for the love of the game. My father was raised catholic though he joined the LDS church before us kids were born. My mother was raised LDS. I have had many hardships in my life including an illness that has slowly been taking my health. Due to circumstance I have lived fairly thrifty. Never really feeling much ambition for money, I was always more into people and life than things. I have always been religiously inclined and often sought religious conversations with my peers as a teen. I found I was more interested in what people believed as individuals than what they could recall their churches taught. I found we had much more in common than we realized. Finding ways to help people explore their relationships with God became my favorite pastime. After working in construction management for years i began taking online courses in business management and began consulting on both a professional and personal level. I found that having served in the mission field made me a natural at talking with people I have never met before.

Why I am a Mormon

It is difficult to put into words how I came to know Jesus Christ. I found myself questioning many things in my late teens and was feeling the pressure as my time to serve a mission for the LDS church drew near. I was feeling a pressure to want to know more certainly that what I believed was true. Having not mentioned this struggle to anyone not even God I found myself surprised when my mother called all her children together and shared an experience with us. She told us of something that happened that day in church and encouraged us to test it for ourselves. Later that same day I found myself pondering what my mother had said and went to be by myself. I had my scriptures with me and I opened them to the area my mother had referred us too. Soon I found myself in prayer pouring out my heart to the Lord and was pleading with him to help know that what I had believed all my life was true. Was he there? I knew the Romans had crucified a man named Jesus of Nazareth, but was he the son of God and the Savior of the world? Was Joseph Smith truly his Prophet as I believed and even defended passionately many times? The answer that came was truly wonderful beyond all expression! In the end I found my heart so full of love and joy that I would never be the same again. Though I have tried to live well, I have found the need to repent many times. I am truly grateful to my Father in Heaven for that day and for the many occasions where he helps me to know of his love for me, especially when I feel the redeeming love of my friend and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful for his sacrifice. I can say with a surety that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is true! I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lords church and that it is led by Prophets today. I can't imagine trying to endure the trials of life without it. I hope that you too will ask God to know the truth of these things. I do it in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

How I live my faith

I struggle with being disabled and try to find ways to continue to help others any way I can. My ward is supportive and very helpful. I try to be a good friend and neighbor and help others feel welcome and accepted no matter what their beliefs. At times we get to talk religion but trying to love others as Jesus loves me is what I think life is all about. My kids and our friends keep me pretty busy. Occasionally I visit my parents and try to help my sick mother keep her spirits up. Often I get to work with my local missionaries to help keep their morale up and assist in them in helping people investigating the church. I find myself turning to the scriptures for comfort often and find the spirit a great comfort in these difficult times.