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Hi I'm Chris

I'm ecstatically married to a wonderful woman, father of 4 incredible kids, and love the pursuit of simplicity. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up moving all around the United States (as well as 4 years in Germany) as an "Army brat". My father served in the military and eventually he settled the family in San Diego where I spent most of my teenage and adult life. It was there in San Diego that I met my wife and we started our family. We now have 4 children. While I love the ocean tremendously, we needed a simpler life so we moved to Boulder, CO to find a better place to raise our children. We found it. Boulder is a wonderful area that we have fallen in love with. Although the thought of living by the ocean is always in the back of my head and I am certain I will end back somewhere with the sand beneath my toes and the warm sun on my face and the smell of salt in the air, right now we are in the best place for us as a family. Professionally, I own an IT Consulting company. I travel around the world and help IT organizations optimize their Operations by helping them focus on delivering value instead of just technology. When I am not working, I am enjoying life by being outside with family and friends. I love the outdoors and try to enjoy if often. You can find me mountain biking, hiking, and in the water whenever possible. I shut off my TV several years ago and believe it was one of the best decisions I have made. Without the distraction of TV, I find more time for the important things in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I had wonderful parents that raised me Mormon and taught me the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, there came a time when I could no longer rely on the testimony of my parents. I had to decide for myself whether or not I believed all that I was taught in my youth. At 18 years old, I was living on my own and had to make a choice. I made a choice to continue the beliefs of my parents not because it was the easy thing to do, but because it was the right thing. I've chosen to be Mormon because I have had undeniable affirmations of the truth that is found in this church. I am a better person because of the church and am continually prompted to grow and stretch to my fullest potential. I am constantly amazed at the power that comes from being obedient to the commandments of God and to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith is integrated into my life. It is not something that I just do on Sundays. Being Mormon is part of who I am. As a family we strive to read scriptures and pray together. I believe that this practice brings us together as a family and helps us counteract all the bad influence out in the world today. I strongly believe that Families are Forever and am happy for that knowledge. As a family, we work together to create a home environment where love and peace can be felt often. A large part of the Mormon life is service. I spend time each week providing service for others. Most of that time is simply fulfilling my duties as part of the "calling" that I have. Our church is run by volunteers that are called to various positions of leadership. I don't see this time as taking away from my life, but more as filling my life with opportunities to do good and to become a better person. I can't imagine where my life would be without the influence of the Church. It constantly reminds me to be selfless and think of others. I can honestly say that I am a better person today because of the things I learn, and continue to learn as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Chris
We believe that we all came to this earth to learn and grow. We received bodies so that we might learn to use those bodies. Part of that growth is becoming independent and learning to accomplish marvelous things with those bodies. When we become self-reliant, we are fulfilling our natural destiny and moving forward with one of our goals here on earth. I believe that self-reliance is an important step to accomplish before we can help others. How can we give of our own money, time and service if we can't take care of ourselves. We must first become self reliant, and then mature beyond that to a point where we are helping others become self-reliant. Show more Show less