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Hi I'm Chris

I was raised in Southeast Idaho. I live in Northern Utah where I own and work at an urgent care center, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five siblings and am married with three children. As a family, we enjoy the outdoors and can be frequently found camping and/or boating. Personally, I enjoy fishing, which is why I bought the boat in the first place. I am a healthcare provider and practice family and emergency care medicine. I am specialty trained and board certified as a nurse practitioner in both of these fields of practice. Currently, I am finishing a specialty doctorate in nursing practice in emergency care medicine. I am an alumnist of the Chile Concepcion Mission (1995-1997) as well as short periods of missionary service in Houston TX, Pocatello ID, and Lansing MI.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been exposed to the church and the teachings of Christ since childhood. I participated in church and youth activities throughout my teenage years and was known to be a little rowdy at times. My true conversion to the gospel of Christ and how I became to know of His love for me and that I truly am a Child of God came at a time of confusion and stress after graduating high school. I lived on my own for a time in a neighboring town from where I grew up. While working as a nurse assistant in a healthcare facility, I met many different people from different walks of life, different religious views, different cultural practices, and all with a different understanding of the purpose of life. Some made sense and some were quite radical from what I had been taught as a child. So there I was, 18 years old, preparing to serve as a missionary for my church, and I began to question my own faith. I realized at that time my conversion wasn't complete. How could I spend the next 2 years of my life preaching what I had not yet learned for myself to be true? It all came to a head when a good friend of mine from passed away in a tragic car accident. He was not a member of the LDS church, but had asked a lot of questions. The pain that I felt for his family was terrible. I had been taught that families can be together forever if certain promises are kept to our Heavenly Father. At that time, I desparately needed to know if this was true. Remembering how Joseph Smith received an answer to his questions through prayer, I too prayed to my Father in Heaven with all my heart. After a long while, the most peaceful and joyous sensations enveloped me. An indescribable feeling of love. At that time, I truly knew without any doubt, I was in the right place and doing the right thing. My confusion was gone and my mind clear. I know the Savior lives and wants us to be happy! He loves us and still answers prayers! Families are meant to be together and can be together if we follow His plan!

How I live my faith

Mormons have often been referred to as a "peculiar" people. I am not blind to my own peculiarity, but that is what makes me - ME! My friend and family agree that I am more "peculiar" than the average Mormon. I live clean, but I have fun! I am involved in local community events through my CPR/First Aid Training company that I run aside from the urgent care that provides first aid and medical care to local agencies and organiztions during their annual events in Cache Valley Utah, including the Logan Summerfest Arts Faire, Cache Valley Cruise-In, Cache County Fair and Rodeo, and others. My ward is a young ward with many students renting or leasing homes and apartments within the ward boundaries. In our ward, you are either newly wed, or nearly dead. Not many in the middle as far as age goes. Because of this, we have a very small childrens primary and very few young men and women. Twice a year, there is a mass exodus following graduation each winter and summer followed by a mass influx of newcomers. This is challenging for the leadership of the ward, especially for those who manage home teaching assignments. Currently, I serve as a group leader for the High Priests (the nearly dead) in our ward. One of my most challenging responsibilities is for making sure all of the single female members (excluding youth) are taught in their homes by home teachers at least once a month and that their physical and spiritual needs are being met. I work closely with the bishop of the ward to making sure this happens.