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Hi I'm Chris Field

I'm a Mormon -- but I haven't always been. I was 27 when I gained my testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm a New Englander by birth and can trace my ancestry back to the Mayflower. I'm a first generation member of the Church. I was born in Boston MA and grew up in NH and VT. I grew up in a Protestant (Congregationalist) family. I moved to Virginia 30 years ago, where my wife and I have raised our family of 5 boys and 1 girl. I'm in the twilight of an almost 40 year career with the federal government; and I'm looking forward to the "harvest" time. As a youth, I loved to ski in the winter and golf in the summer. After dropping out of medical school at the age of 23, I enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 10th Special Forces, Support Battalion. One of the things that I learned how to do, during my service, was to jump out of airplanes. Upon returning to civilian life, I eventually began working for the Social Security Administration. While working full-time and raising a family, I went to law school at night for 4 years. The skiing and golfing stopped long ago; but, I was a runner in high school and have continued to enjoy running through the years. In 2008/2009, I completed 4 marathons in 6 months, after the age of 60, culminating in the thrill of completing the Boston Marathon. In 2010, I began carrying out my 5-year plan to backpack the 2181 mile length of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine, in sections. I've completed 870 miles of trail so far. After "retirement", my wife and I are looking forward to serving a full-time mission for the Lord and His Church.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young, single adult, I was lost and confused. I believed in God and Jesus Christ; but I had no personal relationship with them. I had no idea about who I was or where I was going. I decided to embark on the journey of reading the Bible, from cover to cover, in the hope of gaining some understanding and finding a direction. I read every day, and it took me 4 and 1/2 months to complete the undertaking. In the course of doing so, my faith was strengthened and I began to develop a relationship with Heavenly Father, His Son, and with the Holy Ghost. My reading of the Bible convinced me that the Savior's Church and the Kingdom of God were no longer on the Earth and that the best a person could do was to live a good life and hope to enter the Kingdom of God after death. Eventually, I was lead to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gained a testimony of the Restoration and was thrilled to learn that the Kingdom of God was, in fact, once again upon the Earth and that I did not have to wait until after I died to enter it. I entered the Kingdom through the waters of baptism and by confirmation in 1976 and have never looked back. By nature, I am not a perfect person -- none of us are. There was only one perfect person whoever lived upon the Earth; and that was Jesus Christ. There are a lot of things that I did before I became a member of the Church that I am not proud of, that I needed to repent of, and be forgiven for. I have also done things since I joined the Church that I have needed to repent for. However, I am grateful for the Savior's Atonement and have a testimony that true repentance brings forgiveness, peace and happiness. I'm a "Mormon" because I have gained a testimony, through the power of Holy Ghost, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Kingdom of God upon the Earth; that the Savior's Church, which contains the same organization as his ancient Church, with prophets and apostles, has been "Restored" to the Earth.

How I live my faith

Service in our families, our communities, and in the Church is a wonderful way for us to demonstrate our faith and beliefs by our actions. I have tried to do those things in my life in such ways as raising and caring for my family, including caring for my aging parents in their last years, working in the Scouting program and its related community service, and serving in the Church. We/I believe that the family is the basic organization of society, both in time and in eternity; that the family is central to Heavenly Father's plan for the eternal destiny of His children; that the plan of redemption, which has also been called the plan of happiness, is a plan for families; that families can be together forever; that the greatest work that we will ever do is the work that we do within the walls of our own homes; that no other success in this life can compensate for failure in the home. Our understanding of the importance of families is one of the reasons that we devote so much effort to family history and temple work. It explains why I am so personally interested in family history research and why I spend 12 hours a month serving as a "worker" in the Washington DC Temple. Most of my community service has come in conjunction with my work in the Scouting program. I never made it past Tenderfoot myself; but, I worked closely with all 5 of my sons on their paths to becoming Eagle Scouts. I have served both as an Assistant Scoutmaster and as a Scoutmaster on 2 different occasions. I served as a Branch President in Vermont for 2 years, as a new member of the Church, and as a Bishop in Virginia for 6 years, as a more experienced member of the Church. For the last 4 years, I have been serving the youth of the area in which I live, particularly the young men of my area, as a Counselor in what is called the Stake Young Mens Presidency. The Church is an all "volunteer" organization; we are not paid for our service in the Church. We serve in response to "callings" from our leaders.