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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a husband, father of four boys, and a really slow runner. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Husband, dad to four boys, born and raised in the Midwest. I'm a Marketing Manager with a keen interest in creativity and the customer experience. I run half-marathons at a snail's pace.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't imagine anything greater than being a Mormon. I became a Mormon because a friend in high school shared with me the Book of Mormon and suggested I read and pray about it, and I made the decision to join the church. I'm a Mormon because I know that I'm a son of God, I believe in and follow Jesus Christ, and it is something that blesses my life and that of my family each and every day. I enjoy being a Mormon because of the kind of person it helps me be, and brings meaning and joy into my life.

How I live my faith

In the church, we have no paid ministry. Instead, members have the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles, all of which help us fulfill our commitment to serve those around us as disciples of Christ. Currently, I serve as the Bishop, or lay minister, of a congregation of about 400 people. I was raised in a wonderful Catholic home, and had actually planned to become a priest when I grew up. Serving as a Bishop has been a way for me to fulfill some of those same motivations helping others develop a relationship with God and serving them as I believe Christ would if He were here today.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Chris
When I was learning more about the Mormon faith, one thing that I was excited to learn was that there are temples on the earth today just as there were in the time of the ancient church. If you were to ask me the one thing I'm most grateful for, I would say it's that we have temples today. The reason is that because of temples, my family has the promise of being a family unit for ever, not just until death. I married my wife, Jenny, in the St. Louis Temple in 1999. Mormons sometimes refer to a temple wedding as a "sealing," or in other words, a husband and wife are "sealed" together for time meaning during our lives here on earth and eternity in the next life. Also, the temple gives us the promise that our children can be with us forever, as well. As with any marriage, regardless of religion, we have to work hard to make our marriage stronger. Temples also provide us the opportunity to make covenants, or promises with our Heavenly Father, that we will obey his commandments. As we do, He promises His children certain blessings. We consider these covenants sacred and influence the way in which we live our lives. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Chris
I think most people know that Mormons don't drink alcohol, tea or coffee, abuse harmful drugs, or use tobacco products. A lot of my friends in college, when I joined the church, asked why I would join a church that was "so restrictive." I don't see it that way at all. On the contrary, it's great to know I don't have to worry about making bad decisions because of some of these substances. The reason I live this law, though, is because I believe it is a revelation that comes from God, and I want to obey His will. What a lot of people might not realize, though, is that the Word of Wisdom also teaches us to eat things that are good for us like our grains and veggies and to exercise and get plenty of rest. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Chris
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. The same Christ born in a stable in Bethlehem, the same Christ who raised the dead, healed the sick, and minstered to the poor. The same Christ who gave his life for my sins, and rose on Easter Morning. It is that same living Christ that I look to for salvation, hope and direction. One of the questions I had when learning about the church was why I never saw a cross in Mormon church buildings. I came to understand that it is because Mormons focus on Christ as a resurrected Being, and it is Him that we worship. This is His church, and it bears his name. I think we're often mistaken for being non-Christians because of the nickname "Mormons" based on the Book of Mormon but the formal name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Chris
Our church has programs like "Home Teaching" where members of the congregation help other individuals and families in the church. It's a way of ministring to each other and ensuring the needs of the home are met. However, where our family finds even greater joy is helping in our neighborhood, our schools, and workplaces, to name a few. Mormons are often engaged in community service. We don't do it to get our pictures in the paper or make a name for ourselves. We do it because we believe in Jesus Christ, and he served others when He was on the earth. We help and love our neighbors because we believe every man and woman, boy and girl, is a child of God, and that's what He would want us to do. Show more Show less