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Hi I'm Christian

I'm a Mormon. I'm a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology and I like to surf.

About Me

 I grew up in Hawaii which got me interested in environmental conservation. I now research environmental anthropology, understanding how culture influences the way we interact with the environment. I do research in Northeastern Brazil examining how the political, economic, and ecological impacts of eco-tourism are transforming small fishing communities.

Why I am a Mormon

 I'm a Mormon because it helps me to focus my life around the things that are most important, like family, community, and following the example of Christ. As I've tried to live the teachings of Christ about peace, love, and service I can see the positive impacts it has had on my life and those around me. Plus, I love the great community that I've found as I've visited and lived in different congregations throughout the US and the world.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by trying to be a part of every community that I live in and finding a career that will allow me to make a positive impact in the world. As a graduate student I've worked with the tenants union to help get affordable housing on campus and as a Resident Assistant to plan community events. I like getting to know people in the community where I live. Once I graduate I'd like to work doing international development work and conservation.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Christian
 The Church does not endorse any political party. On very rare occasions the Church might take a stance on a given political issue that will have a significant impact on the operations on the church in a given country. Even then, members are not told how to vote but are told to carefully research the issues and arrive at a decision for themselves. Because the Church is an international church the relationship of individual members to specific political perspectives looks very different throughout the world. In the Western US, it might seems to some observers that most members of the Church are more conservative politically and often align with the Republican Political Party. This has much more to do with the specific history of the different political parties in the Western US rather than any kind of endorsement from the church itself. In most congregations there is a wide variety of political perspectives. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Christian
Mormons believe in absolute equality between the sexes. My wife and I were both in graduate school at the same time so we divided up our time that we both had time to work, spend time with our kids, and get our schoolwork done. We both clean, cook, wash dishes, and work to make money. Show more Show less