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Hi I'm Chauncy

I love traveling, I'm a fitness enthusiast, a graduate student in clinical psychology, a veteran, a husband and a Mormon.

About Me

I suppose I had a similar upbringing as many middle class children in America. I had a paper route in middle school and high school, played little league sports, and played the trumpet in my high school band. Faith in God played a central role in my family and although I consider myself a devout Christian currently, I went through a period of doubt and searching in my adolescent years until I experienced the love of Christ and decided to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Siberia. I loved my mission, the people, the sites and the culture. The most important lesson I learned is that we are all children of our Heavenly Father and although we might live in entirely different environments and experience different challenges, Heavenly Father is intimately involved in each of our lives and is reaching out to us in more ways than we realize. Ever since my mission, I’ve loved to travel and learn about the various cultures and peoples of the world. I enjoy staying physically fit and have run several marathons. I also love to sing and have sung in several choirs including the Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus. I've served for four years in the United States Air Force and did a tour to Afghanistan. I love the United States and its servicemen and servicewomen. I'm currently in graduate school studying clinical psychology with hopes to eventually become a clinical psychologist in the the US military.

Why I am a Mormon

There are several answers to this question. The simplest answer is that my parents and grandparents all the way back to the first Mormon pioneers in America were Mormon. My parents are both active Mormons and thus encouraged me to go to church and live my faith. However, there came a point in my life where I had to know for myself if what the church was teaching me was true. As I got into my teenage years, I began to doubt the church's message about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. When I turned 19 years old, I had a spiritual awakening in my life which led me to a realization that Jesus Christ was my Savior. As a result I decided to serve a mission for the church in Siberia. It wasn’t until I left on my mission to the other side of the planet and prayed about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, that I came to know for myself that it was true. As I taught this message to the Russian people and saw their lives change as they accepted the Book of Mormon and lived the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, the Holy Spirit witnessed to me that the message was indeed true. More importantly, as I have tried to live the teachings of Jesus Christ throughout my life, my life and my desires have changed for the better. As I have sought to live these teachings, I have grown closer to my Savior Jesus Christ and felt His love for me. Although I don't know the truth of all things, I can say with a surety that Joseph Smith was called by God to be His prophet in these latter days, that the Book of Mormon is additional scripture that has been revealed to help God's children come unto Christ in our days. This knowledge has brought and continues to bring me great peace and happiness. I continue to follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because they provide me with great purpose and stability in a world where moral values seem to be changing and deteriorating at an ever increasing rate.

How I live my faith

For me, it is more than just going to church on Sunday. Although this is important to me, I believe my life is my faith. I am far from perfect, but I believe I will be judged by my daily words, thoughts, and deeds. Hence, I try to serve God and Christ on a daily basis. Currently, I am in graduate school which takes up much of my time. However, my wife and I have also been asked to teach a youth scripture study class to the local high school students from our congregation every morning. My day typically consists of waking up saying my prayers, studying my scriptures, driving to the high school to teach the youth for 45 minutes then driving to the university to study psychology and see clients at the university community clinic. I love teaching the youth in our scripture study class and learn so much from their faith and desire to serve God. Even in my secular studies and as I see clients, I try to glorify God and do what He would do if He were in my situation. I’m sure I’m off the mark much of the time and I give into weaknesses more than I would like, but I believe in Jesus Christ, that He will make up the difference as I continuously seek to follow Him.