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Hi I'm Christopher

I'm an animal lover, a Harrison Ford fan, a computer wizard, an aspiring sci-fi/fantasy author, and a Latter-day Saint Mormon.

About Me

I raise social awkwardness to an art form. For that reason I prefer the company of animals and computers to people, six days of the week. But I still love people and care about someone whether I have known them for five years or five minutes. I am very smart but I'd rather read an Indiana Jones novel than Charles Dickens, and math bores me death. I am attending Utah State University for Wildlife Science and hope to get a career saving endangered species as well as publish a few books. Very soon I intend to serve a proselytizing mission for this church for two years. I hope to go anywhere outside the continental United States or Canada, but I am willing to go wherever the Lord wants me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into the Church but didn't appreciate it until my teen years. I didn't doubt God per se, but I was skeptical and indifferent to everything I learned in Primary (classes for young children). I didn't want to get baptized because I hated water and my parents weren't going to make me, but I decided to anyway because somehow I knew it was the right thing to do. Then one day I was standing around after church daydreaming when I got a revelation that God is definitely real and I should stop disappointing Him. My childhood was marred by chronic depression, paranoia, and fun stuff like that. I was totally miserable much of the time and wanted to kill myself on several occasions. After I realized the truthfulness of God and developed a personal relationship with Him, I knew I couldn't kill myself because that's a sin and I feared eternal punishment. Counseling and medication helped a lot but I was still totally miserable much of the time. I viewed life as one big trial to be endured before an eternal compensation. By age seventeen I had made significant progress on my emotional issues but still suffered. That was when I went to my first and only Especially for Youth (week-long program for teenagers). It was not only amazing but cured my depression for an entire year. I attribute this to our united purpose as equals in the Kingdom of God, which was the focus of that week, and because it was so true, it had a constant psychological effect on all of us. The Spirit of God pervaded every minute and was often as tangible as my own existence. I started struggling again when I started left home by myself and started college, but this time there was hope. My attitude and outlook were much more positive and my patience much greater. When things did get unbearable again, God sent people to save me; people I knew, but nonetheless angels in a very real sense. I realized that I needed to turn to the friends He has provided for me but, above all, to Him.

How I live my faith

Every day I pray and read my scriptures, and I try to say real meaningful prayers and actually study out what I'm reading. I go to church every Sunday even if I feel like staying home and using the computer and the Lord blesses me for it. Also on Sundays I limit my activities to spiritual and peaceful things and that allows me to de-stress immensely from the rest of the week. Ever since encountering less-than-honest critics of my faith and feeling there was no one I could turn to in that time of confusion, I seek to publicize the truth regarding their claims and tactics so that others don't have to go through the struggle that I did. Through this process the Lord has molded me from a confrontational argumentative person to one who simply presents the facts, bears a testimony and leaves it at that. And oh, that testimony is stronger than it ever was before. I continue to research church doctrine and history for I find them fascinating, but I try to remember that the ministry and Atonement of Jesus Christ are what it is really all about.

Are Mormons Christians?

Christopher
Yes. Some people carefully construct their own definitions of Christianity that exclude Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Seventh-day Adventists. There is no denying that we are more than a bit different from either Catholics or Protestants. But any dictionary, in book form or on the Internet, will tell you that Christians are those who follow Jesus Christ and His teachings. I trust the dictionary. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Christopher
Don't do it if you don't absolutely have to. It prevents a spirit child of God from accepting a mortal body and participating in the mortal experience as He intended. God will not stop you, just as He will not stop you from any sin, but He will be grieved and you will never be the same. If you have participated in an abortion however, there is hope for forgiveness through the Atonement of Christ if you are truly penitent. If you are a non-member who has committed abortion and wish to join the Church, you must repent and be interviewed by a church leader. But through the grace of Christ, you will be made clean. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Christopher
That's simple. Imagine the billions of people who have lived on the Earth without the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ, let alone accept Him. Do you think an omnipotent and all-loving God would let those people lose out on the blessings of heaven for eternity? He would not. He does not. They are taught of the Gospel in the spirit world, and we are baptized on their behalf. They choose whether to accept the baptism or not and believe it or not some people will reject it. Many will accept it however, and receive the same blessings as those who followed Christ in this life. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Christopher
By using the term "cult" people create connotations of strangeness and fear of the unknown, which puts people off and creates a barrier to understanding. I would be hard-pressed to call myself or my LDS friends growing up "normal", but cultists we are not. And look, investigators and members alike can leave whenever they please. What have you got to lose by looking into it? Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Christopher
By using the term "cult" enemies of the Church can create a picture in your mind of evil polygamists making human sacrifices in our temples or something, without having to actually claim they do these things. I mean, I'm not saying anyone actually believes that they do these things, but when the term is used it creates connotations of fear and strangeness that is a barrier to sincere understanding, and that's exactly what these people want. I would be hard-pressed to call myself or my LDS friends growing up "normal", but cultists we are not. And look, investigators and members alike can leave whenever they please. What have you got to lose by looking into it? Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Christopher
Myself, I attribute the growth of the Church to the fact that any human being can know for him/herself that it is true. Although it is often viewed as an American church, its pure and simple doctrines transcend language and culture. It doesn't matter that the Restoration took place in New York or that Church headquarters is in Utah anyone from Nigeria to Cambodia to Kiribati can pray to our Father in Heaven in the name of Christ and know that it is true. This church is the rolling stone cut without hands described by Daniel the prophet, and it will roll forward to fill the whole Earth. That does not mean that everyone will be a Mormon, but I believe it does mean that Mormons will be everywhere. I can't wait for that day. Of course, in order for this to work to its full potential it is necessary to detach the trappings of Utah Mormon culture from the Gospel itself. Until we succeed in doing that completely, many will continue to view us as an "American church" and have a harder time fitting it into the culture of their native lands. There is certainly room for improvement but I have already seen great strides made in that direction. Hopefully it will get easier as our population base continues to shift out of Utah and the United States. Show more Show less