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Hi I'm Chris

I play the harmonica. I'm going to be a dentist. I've just started gardening. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Orange County, California, with just a few years spent in Gaithersburg, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. In high-school I wrestled and pole-vaulted, was on the yearbook staff, and surfed every chance I got. I spent a lot of time drawing and painting, and planned on becoming a graphic designer. After high-school I served a two-year mission in West Virginia before attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After my mission I worked as a graphic designer for a short time and realized I wanted to do something more people/service oriented. I soon decided that dentistry was the perfect fit - I could work with people all day, and I would have a skill that I could use to serve people in need. I love music. I play the piano, guitar, harmonica, whatever I can get my hands on, and I write songs as often as I can (good songs not quite as often). I also write a blog about the music I'm listening to right now, mostly highlighting up-and-coming musicians and bands. Music, to me, is one of the most perfect forms of expression. I live in Indianapolis where I'm attending dental school. I still love to surf and snowboard, although I don't do much of either right now (Indiana is both ocean-less and mountain-less). I'm married to the love of my life, and we have one cat named Elliot. My wife and I love to travel, and just before starting dental school we saved up and backpacked around Europe together. We started school penniless, but it was so worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe God speaks to living prophets on the earth today. I believe He spoke to prophets like Moses, Noah, and Isaiah in the Old Testament; and that Jesus Christ continued to visit his apostles after His ascension in the New Testament. I believe that God continues to speak to a living prophet today named Thomas S. Monson, and that through him God leads and guides His church on the earth, just like He has for all of human history. Whenever I listen to the living prophet speak I feel a peace and comfort, a confirmation that God still speaks to us today. I'm also a Mormon because I've read the Book of Mormon, prayed to know if it's true, and received a personal answer through the Holy Ghost that it is the word of God. The scriptures are so sacred to me - by reading them (both the Book of Mormon and the Bible) and living according to what they teach, I've found greater happiness and peace than I could ever have found on my own. I have prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true, as well as if Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God today. Knowing that God loves me enough to hear and answer my prayers - whether they are about the truth of the Book of Mormon, what graduate school to apply to, or just where I left my wallet - is the single greatest reason that I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I serve as the Cub Scout leader for the 8 and 9-year old boys in our congregation. Once a week we have a Den Meeting where we work on the boys' Cub Scout requirements, play sports, or work on various crafts and projects. The boys seem to love it, and it's a great way to get my mind off of school for a little while during the week. I also work with the full-time missionaries to find and teach people about our faith, as well as teach a Sunday School class for new visitors and recent converts. I also serve the community through providing free dental service/education whenever possible. I work with an organization that helps educate/provide treatment to underprivileged children in the community, and I love teaching kids how to brush, floss, eat healthy... basically all the things that will help them keep their stunning smiles! I volunteer whenever possible with our local student outreach clinic, and plan to continue to provide care to those who need it most throughout my professional career.