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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a geek from coastal Virginia who loves dogs and likes to make people laugh.

About Me

While I was born in New York, I've moved around quite a bit due to my father being in the Navy; I've lived in Illinois, California, Florida, South Carolina, and, currently, Virginia, where I have been fortunate enough to have stayed for most of my life. Besides my parents, I have an older brother and a younger sister with a learning disability, as well as three goofy but incredibly adorable dogs. While I'm no scientist, I still love sci-fi books and movies, including Dune, Ender's Game, Babylon 5, and Star Wars. I also like playing video games, although I think I'm going to get out of those soon to focus on more constructive hobbies, such as writing short stories. I'm planning on studying law and starting a family soon.

Why I am a Mormon

Being brutally honest, the reason why I became a Mormon is because my parents were both members and raised me in it. However, there are three main reasons that I follow it now for myself. The first reason has to do with a scripture which says "signs follow those that believe." I've only had my faith and beliefs confirmed as I've been a member of the Church and received blessings when following its precepts (and seen life get harder when I haven't). The second fundamental reason goes back to Matt. 16: 16-17; "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Just as Peter had it revealed it through the Spirit that Jesus was the Christ, I have had it revealed to me that the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was a Prophet as I've read and prayed about it. The third reason deals with a scripture which says "every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ." I know I've come closer to my Savior through this gospel, and I've seen it in others as well. Is there any room for doubt after that?

How I live my faith

I seek to develop myself as a person, trying to become more like my Savior. I read the scriptures to understand more about my relationship with my Father in Heaven and how to develop it. I try to tackle situations the way I think Christ would handle them. I strive to be completely honest with myself and the people around me; you can't come to the light if you're always hiding in the dark.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Everything makes me think there is a God. To quote the Book of Mormon "All things denote there is a God yea, even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." However, God's existence is a spiritual matter, and can only be known spiritually so the backbone of my belief, what makes it stick, is that I've had experiences in my life, both physical events and spiritual feelings, that assure me I do have a Father in Heaven. I know that many people demand more proof, and many of those will never believe, regardless of evidences. Yet, I would also point out that man, from the foundations of time, has always believed in some form of God. However, the human mind cannot conceive of anything it has no experience with. Therefore, to say ancient people, that had to work 24 hours a day just to stay alive, imagined up almighty beings from scratch that they had to serve and please, taking away from valuable time they could devote to survival, is even more rediculous than saying that such a being actually spoke to them and had dealings with them. Show more Show less