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Hi I'm Chris

I grew up in Riverside, CA. I'm a father of 4 children. I enjoy writing songs and playing racquetball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of four children. I enjoy playing the piano and writing songs. I also enjoy playing racquetball. I grew up in Riverside, CA and am the second oldest of 10 children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, every person must eventually determine for themselves what they believe is true. I'm the type of person that likes to study, test and try things out before accepting them. I believe it is every person's responsibility to search after truth and live their lives according to the truth to the best of their ability. When I was taught the gospel as a child, I felt as though I was remembering things I had already known to be true. As my knowledge of the gospel grew and my testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ deepened, the truth of the restored gospel became more and more clear to me. I can't remember a time that I didn't know this church was true. However, my testimony has grown and deepened over the years. While growing up in the church, I always felt peaceful feelings of the Holy Ghost confirm these truths. From being baptized and confirmed at age 8, to attending seminary and scouts as a youth, to serving a two year mission in Alaska, to serving throughout my life in numerous callings in the church, to performing sacred ordinances in the temple -- I have felt the Holy Spirit confirm to my mind and heart the truth of these things. In addition, there is no other religion on the face of the earth that has answers to all my questions --and to me there is no other religion as logical and complete. In my opinion there is no other religion that literally believes and teaches from the Bible as does this faith. I believe many good and honest people are only kept from the truth because they don't know where to find it --or misunderstandings or prejudices prevent them from investigating further. I believe God has provided sufficient evidence for those who are willing to seek after it. I am a Mormon because I know the Savior restored His gospel to the earth in our day and has brought forth new scripture just as He's done in every generation since the days of Adam.

How I live my faith

One thing I like about being a Mormon is that we have a very active church. Some call us crazy for doing so much, but we attend church meetings for three hours each Sunday, comprising Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School and other gospel instruction. We know the scriptures well as we use the King James Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. These four books comprise the standard works and we believe they are all written by true prophets of God by revelation. As a Mormon, I am a home teacher to several families in our area. Once a month, I visit these families to be a friend, to make sure they are doing well both temporally and spiritually and to teach them the gospel. Some are not active in the church and we try to help them become active. In our church, we also have "callings" or special responsibilities. We don't have a preacher give a sermon each week. The individual members stand at the pulpit to give talks, say prayers & provide musical numbers. Everyone in the church serves without pay - even the bishop. We don't believe in a paid ministry. In addition, we give 10% of our income to the church for tithing. The first Sunday of each month we fast for two consecutive meals & pay a generous fast offering which goes to feed the poor. You won't find a more organized church in the world. We have farms and bishop's storehouses worldwide that provide food for those in need. As members we clean and provide security for our own buildings. My calling in our ward (congregation) is High Priest Group Leader. I have two assistants & a secretary that help me lead 20 High Priests. We are responsible for watching over about 100 households each month and reporting our results. We let the bishop know if there is anyone with special needs. As High Priest Group Leader I also oversee the Family History efforts in our ward. Our church has the largest genealogy organization in the world with more than 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.