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Hi I'm Chris

I like cars, computers, I study Psychology and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I live currently with my family, being the eldest of five siblings. I have four younger sisters and have recently returned from a mission, for the Church, in North Germany. I have always been a keen computer enthusiast, and I really love driving too. I love to go out somewhere, and see something, have some fun, and to be able to do it all independently. I also enjoy being with my family, we spend a lot of time together walking, around the local area and in the country side. I did A-Levels in school before my mission, but I never really know what I wanted to do for a career. Computing was always lurking somewhere in my mind, but it never felt right. While I was on my mission I started to find it interesting, how people think and behave, and that sparked my interest in Psychology. Because of that, I will soon be starting studying my degree in Psychology.

Why I am a Mormon

My story with the Church certainly first started when I was born. My parents are both members of the Church, and it's what I grew up with. I participated without question in the Church's Primary Program, and as I got older, the programs for the youth. I went through my ups and down during that time. I went there always because I believed it was the right thing to do, but wasn't always paying attention, and had my mind else-ware. My conversion happened on my mission. In the Missionary Training Centre, on Provo, Utah, during the early weeks of my mission, we experienced a talk from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quarum of the Twelve Apostles, and afterwards, had a devotional to share our feelings. Of my group, most of the people were quite emotional whilst sharing their feelings, and I wasn't feeling remotely emotional. Tears and other emotions are not directly linked to "feeling the spirit", but it got me asking the question: 'if they are feeling something to make them cry, what am I missing out on?' So I got on my knees and prayed, and still didn't feel much different. I got quite concerned about it all and talked to a few people about it. Over the next 8 months as a missionary, I pondered it, prayed about it, asked others about it, I discussed it with my parents and my mission President, but the experiences I had taught me what it really means to know that the Church is true, and what we have to do, to deserve this communication. The Holy Ghost is not an emotionally powerful feeling, like you get, when you, perhaps, listen to a powerful music track, or watch the end of a moving film, but it is a deep religious feeling. I describe it as a loyalty and an excitement to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a peaceful feeling that gives me hope, and makes me feel ever more confident that this is the right place for me to be. I am a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Ghost telling me that this is the true Church of Christ, and because His Church will lead me to salvation.

How I live my faith

I try every day, to do what I believe my Saviour would have me do. Each day, I begin and end the day with a prayer, we read from the scriptures as a family, and I do so personally. I try to make each days scripture study meaningful, in other words, I try to study to that the Holy Ghost will bring my answers and guidance, and strengthen my faith and confidence in Christ's teachings. When I am at work, I seek to be kind, friendly, courteous, and helpful to the people I meet. I seek to give an honest days work, in my employment. I attend Church on a Sunday, as well as other Church events, including events target at my age group, the Young Adults. We have weekly classes on the scriptures; the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and other Church doctrines. These are delivered at the 'Institute of Religion' building, a centre for young adults. There, we not only have classes of instruction, but equally importantly social activities that help us get to know one another and have fun. Within the Church I carry out various assignments to contribute to the ward in which I reside. Sometimes I teach the class in Sunday School, a class for studying the scriptures. I help the missionaries as they visit with people who are investigating the Church, to allow them to meet people local to them and hear what the 'ordinary members' of the Church have to say. I always try to do the best that I can in all the things that I do, weather it be work, my Church involvement or other day to day activities. Our Heavenly Father wants us to be able to learn, and do many things, to achieve much and have joy, so all of these things together are me showing my faith to my Heavenly Father, doing my best with what he has given me, and striving to become who he wants me to be.