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Hi I'm Christopher Goodale

I'm a handyman, a mechanic, a soldier, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in southern California as the second of six children in an LDS family. When I was 15 my family moved to Idaho. As a senior in high school I joined the US Army. After graduating from high school I went to basic training in Georgia followed by 7 months in Virginia learning how to repair Apache helicopters. I am currently going to college at Boise State University while performing my duties in the Idaho Army National Guard and working full time at our local base fixing Apache and Blackhawk helicopters. I enjoy working on cars, off-roading in my Jeep, shooting, fixing things around the house and spending time with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite being born a member of the church, just like everyone else I had to become truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was 14 I went through a rough spot in my life where I began to question everything I had been previously taught and despite a great group of friends and a great family trying to help me out I sank into a period of relative darkness. When we moved to Idaho I was determined not to become known for my religion because I didn't want to be watched and held to high moral standards. However, I continued attending the local ward with my family and began figuring out my life again. I began researching both church teachings more thoroughly as well as secular teachings and gradually returned to the logical and uplifting teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Since enlisting in the Army I have met a large variety of people and have had many experiences that have reaffirmed my faith by teaching me important lessons about what is truly important in life. My experiences with those not of my faith as well as the research that I have done over the years has reaffirmed my beliefs and gives me the confidence that my decision to live the gospel is not an uniformed decision or simply blind faith.

How I live my faith

I find I am happier if I'm spending time with family, doing service, working, educating and bettering myself and following the guidance of church leaders. I enjoy the ways I am able to help in my local ward such as my calling and home teaching which both allow me to assist ward members. I enjoy sharing the good news I know as a member of the LDS church and hope to be able to serve a mission after my unit deploys.