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Hi I'm Chris Lancaster

I'm a singer, actor, photographer, composer, eagle scout, college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I am at a very exciting and rewarding point in my life. In about a month I will be leaving for college in Utah and will be completely on my own for the first time in my life! I am so excited! I have many, many hobbies. The hobby that is most predominant in my life is singing. I have been singing in a group setting since fifth grade, but can remember singing to my grandmother over the phone since my early childhood. I have most recently been singing in the top choir at my high school for the past two years. Now, I will be auditioning for my college's choirs in a little more than a month! I love singing so much because of it's beauty, the Spirit you can feel both when listening and performing, and I love being able to bless the lives of others. I also love to act. I have stared in four productions so far, my first one being in a church production of The WIzard of Oz in eleventh grade. Since then I have got leading roles in two school musicals and one school play. I love acting because I am able to connect with characters and experiences that I would not normally be able to do in my own life, and thus come away with a stronger sense of sympathy and love for others. Another hobby of mine is manual, film photography. My grandpa gave me his old Pentax K-1000 a while ago and ever since I have enjoyed many hours capturing moments of beauty created by Heavenly Father. Other hobbies include short film directing, painting, sketching, cartooning, and composing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a converted to the church when I was twelve. As a child, my mom was a baptist and my dad was LDS, so when I was young we would go to my mom's church one week, and dad's the next. When I was about eight my parent's divorced, and my younger brother and I stayed in the custody of our mom. We would see our dad every other weekend, but because our mom would not give our father permission to take us to church with him, not only did my brother and I become detached from the church, but because of the strain of only attending church half the time, so did my father, and he eventually became totally inactive. Later, my mom got evicted from our apartment and became homeless, so my brother and I had to move in with our dad. This was the most life changing and significant occurrence thus far in my life. Not only did this give me a better home environment in which I could focus on my schooling, it also opened to me the doors of the Gospel. My dad took the courage to clean up his life and call the missionaries, and after hearing the lessons, and with my mother's signature, my brother and I were finally baptized. I do admit, when I was baptized I was not entirely convinced that the church was true, and felt I was partly only doing it because my dad wanted me to, but as time went on, I was blessed for my leap of faith. I began to more fervently study the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and prayed, asking to know if what I read was true. One night, I receive my answer. The Holy Ghost descended down upon me with such beautiful and magnificent power that it felt as if my own spirit had to make room for Him within my own body; it felt as if my whole frame began to quake. Ever since then I have known that the Book of Mormon is true, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored again to the Earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World.

How I live my faith

I enjoy being active in the church and community. In the past, I have ran cross country, played water polo, and competed on the swim team. As I stated earlier I sing in school and church choirs, I was even choir president my senior year, and I have acted in many school and church plays. I have also been active in Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Other achievements of mine include earning my Duty to God award, and graduating high school with the rank of Scholar with Distinction and Magnum Cum Laude. Why are these things ways I live my faith? It is because whether I am taking out my elderly neighbor's trash, or simply asking a friend if something is wrong when they seem down, I am doing it with the love of Christ in my heart, with integrity, with benevolence, with faith, with hope, with charity, with gratitude, and with humility, and with the Holy Ghost. It seems where ever I go, what ever I do, people notice, and if they ever ask why, I'm happy to tell them, "I'm a Mormon".

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Chris Lancaster
It is a spiritual witness of truth, especially of the Book of Mormon. You see, The Book of Mormon is a book with a promise, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost". I testify once one reads from the Book of Mormon, and prays about it as directed, he/she will receive the manifestation of the Holy Ghost that it is true, for I have received it myself. Once one knows that the Book of Mormon is true, he/she will also know that Joseph Smith is a true Prophet- that he translated, and did not write the Book of Mormon, that it is actually a record of an ancient people. He/she will also know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World- meaning He suffered for our sins, so if we turn unto Him and repent we can be forgiven- for the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, just like the Bible and New Testament. This knowledge is why I am a Mormon. Now I invite you to find out yourself. Call the Mormon Missionaries and invite them into your home. They can get you a copy of Book of Mormon so you can read and pray. I promise it will be the most rewarding thing you ever do. You will learn how Joseph Smith restored Christ's church to the earth, about God's plan for the salvation of His children. Show more Show less