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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Mormon convert with a chemical engineering background.

About Me

I'm a convert to the Church, joined right before I turned 17. I'm a father of 8 children, most of them on their own. I like strategy games and most sports (not too good, though). I went to college, but had a hard time deciding on a major. I picked engineering, because I was good at math and sciences, but have found in my career that I enjoyed working with people more. Although I began work as an engineer and have been very successful in that field, my work has migrated into an area where I can interact and serve others. I have lived outside of Utah most of my life and am comfortable around non-members of the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a lot of questions about the purpose of life and what I should be doing with myself. I had been raised a Christian, but was not active because I saw a lot of hypocrisy, and what I had learned didn't satisfy me. When I heard about the Mormon Church and learned about some of the teachings - a lot of my questions were answered. I started reading the Book of Mormon and felt the influence of God so strongly that I believed it to be His word. Based on that and answers to my prayers, I took the leap of faith and got baptized. It was the best decision I ever made. Now, many years later, I am at peace with who I am and what I should be doing with my life. I have a wonderful family and most important of all - I have a relationship with God and His Son in a very personal way. I have had some very, very strong personal answers to prayers that have influenced what I know and believe.

How I live my faith

I lead some of the adult men in our congregation called a Ward. There are about 40 men in my group. I provide guidance and counsel to them, teach them on some Sundays and organize them into pairs where they can visit the families and individuals of our Ward and help them with their spiritual and physical needs. I also do a lot of volunteer activities - helping people move, supporting the boy scouts, walking for cancer, visiting those in need or elderly, and so on. I find great happiness in helping others and bringing a bit of God's plan into their lives. I have served in other leadership roles within the church as well.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Chris
The Church is funded by members and non-members who donate money - recommended to be one tenth of your income or a tithe. The Church uses this money to conduct all the business of the Church, including building chapels, printing literature, etc. Some of the money is invested in things that may have an income associated with it - such as a Church university, where tuitions and fees are collected or things that may increase in value, like real estate. Since the Church essentially has no paid ministry, they are able to avoid the significant cost associated with supporting its clergy. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Chris
 Mormon missionaries are unpaid volunteers. In most cases, either the family or the missionary uses their own funds for support. In other cases, members of the congregation at home pool their money in order to assure that there is enough to support the missionary for their 2 year service period.  Show more Show less

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

Chris
Absolutely. It is a critical part of the words that God has given us, plus in the New Testament we have the most directly recorded witnesses of Jesus Christ's life. For any person who wants to understand God and how His Son fits into our lives, the Bible is a critical step for obtaining that knowledge. While many may think that the Old Testament is outdated and hard to understand, I feel that studying what these ancient prophets wrote can bring great clarity of God's dealings with man. In addition, if we really think about who these godly men were, who wrote these books, it also gives us a glimpse of the fact that they too had weaknesses, but that it did not prevent them from trying to do their part in building God's kingdom. That always inspires me to feel that I can do the same. Show more Show less