What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Doctor, a friend, a husband, and a father. I love life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am father of 4 boys, with a fifth on the way. We have a crazy home. I am also a busy retina surgeon in training. I work 60-80 hours each week. We balance my busy work schedule with a crazy busy home life. We are always on the go. Swim team, scouts, hiking, going to the beach, and school keep us very busy We manage to eat dinner around the table 5 nights/week. We also say our family prayers every night. We are busy, but our faith helps us stay grounded. It helps to maintain priorities that bring us happiness and fill our lives with joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with Mormon parents. I accepted the teachings of my parents and teachers at church. When I was 15 I really started to question everything. One of my biggest questions was about my faith. So I studies it out. I read the Book of Mormon. I read the bible. I talked to my friends about their religions and churches. I visited a few churches also. I knew that God existed. In the end I asked Him in sincere prayer if the church was true. I will never forget that evening. I felt a burning inside my heart that it was true. As I have grown up I have had many experiences that have added to my faith. I served a mission in Argentina. I was married shortly after my return from my mission. My wife is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. We decided to have kids right away, even though we were in college. Our faith gave us a grounding in what was important. We were blessed to have a baby during my junior year. During medical school, we had 2 more kids. My fellow students thought that we were crazy. Medical school is tough enough. Again, our faith provided the foundation for making choices. Having children during college and medical school was a source of tremendous joy and happiness. There was nothing better than coming home from a long day at school, or hospital to my boys running to me for a hug. We have now completed residency and added yet another boy to the mix. I am finishing some extra training to be a retina specialist. Through it all, moving back and forth across the country, we have had the stability of our faith. In each of our moves, complete strangers have shown up to help us move because we were Mormon. We have done things that the world disagrees with. In the end, I am Mormon because I know it is true. I am happier, better, and more complete in all facets of my life because I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I hope that I live my faith in everything I am and do. Until our recent move I worked with the young people in our church. I helped plan activities for them (retreats, camping trips, dances) for them that were wholesome. One of my favorite events was a Senior Prom for members of our church and any other that wanted a more wholesome atmosphere. It included a 30 foot model of the Eiffel Tower. The young people faced so many challenges, but always rose to the challenge. In our new home I get to teach a group of 10, 6-year-olds. It is fabulous to watch their minds turn on. It is more like uncovering the things they know, rather than teaching. My faith helps me in my job also. Unfortunately in my work, I deal frequently with patients that are blind or are going blind.. My faith helps me to be more compassionate, more understanding. I hope that I can say the right things to be of comfort. I hope that I am a better friend, father, husband and doctor because of my faith