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 grew up in Seattle, have lived in every corner of this great land, am a husband, father, nuclear engineer and I am a Mormon.

About Me

In 1974, I joined the Church as a young adult and have served in the church in various capacities including Bishop. Mary and I are ordinance workers in the Atlanta temple and enjoy the special opportunity to work in the temple. I have been married to a wonderful woman for 40 years and we have raised four great sons. My wife and I spent untold hours going to church, sports and Boy Scout activities during the the boys' early and teenage years. All four are Eagle Scouts. Most importantly each has a testimony of the Gospel. My career of over 40 years in nuclear engineering began in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Subsequent to the Navy experience, I worked for a nuclear electrical utility and a small nuclear company that is principally involved in design projects and consulting associated with nuclear fuel. I am now retired.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story began a number of years before I actually joined the Church, which I claim is not a unique experience but one experienced by many other converts. I was a typical young man and I think the Light of Christ was with me enough so that I could respond to the Spirit during the “season” of preparation. Prior to joining the church, alcohol was part of my social life. By the time of college graduation, alcohol consumption had decreased so that when I received the missionary discussions, giving up alcohol was not a challenge. I believe that this experience was part of the preparation to receive the Gospel. Another very important experience was the death of my mother on July 4, 1971. It was a great shock. This experience left much to think about. Not long before joining the Church, my first wife was diagnosed with cancer which eventually took her life. This caused me to think about very important things like the meaning of life and if God really does exist. The Gospel includes absolute truths which form the foundation of a life with many blessings. One of those truths is that the plan of salvation teaches that families can be together forever. I have a firm testimony that I will be able to have all of my family members with me in the eternities if I live worthily.

How I live my faith

For me, being involved in church actviities and participating with Chruch members is a central aspect of life. I currently work with a group of men who are well seasoned in church expereince. They give service in a variety of ways with the most important service focused on blessing the lives of others. I try to be a good example for those at work, in the home and in society in general.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

As an engineer, I often contemplate the entire creation of the earth, solar system and universe and the associated design, order and system can only be explained through the hand of God. Something as simple as the way that green plants use nutrients, atmoshperic gases and radiation to form the support for life on the planet is to me a marvel of the creation. Show more Show less