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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Chris. My family calls me Gizzy. I'm a full-time student at Utah State University. I'm studying English with a Secondary Education emphasis and a Latin Teaching minor. I love school. I enjoy music also. I am in the Chamber Singers choir at Utah State. I also play mandolin and piano, and I love jamming with my friends and singing jazz music. Live music is one of my favorite things on earth! I want to learn to improvise better when I play music. I served a 2 year mission in the Kentucky Louisville Mission. I served in areas near Louisville, KY as well as Evansville, IN and Newburgh, IN. My mission was a refining learning experience for me. Aside from the powerful relationship I developed with my Savior as I did His work, I also gained personal experience that I would never trade. I grew up mostly in Utah, though I have also lived in California, New Mexico, Texas, and Illinois. My family now resides in Lafayette, Louisiana. My dad is a helicopter pilot, and often flies to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. I am the oldest of four kids. My siblings are my best friends in the whole world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know for myself that this is Christ's church. I have learned throughout my life, from parents, teachers, friends, and good leaders, that there are eternal principles that govern our lives, and when we abide by those principles we can have deep satisfaction and long-term happiness. I believe that the principles and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true principles and doctrines. I believe that I have a Father in Heaven who has placed me on earth, with my own gifts and capacities, at a time and in a place where I can be a force for good in the lives of others and where I can learn to become like Him. This life is part of a larger plan. The only way that this plan is made possible is through Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life and fulfilled His Father's will. He suffered and died for us, so that we can have the ability to become new people, ready to live in our Father's home again. When I follow Jesus Christ's example, even in little decisions, I feel happy. When I choose to help a friend who is struggling, to sacrifice something I want now for something I know I want more in the future, to talk to someone whom I can tell is lonely, or to keep promises that I have made, I feel the power of Christ in my life.

How I live my faith

As a college student, even though I don't have a family or very much life experience, I still feel like I have an important part in the Church. I am part of a committee that organizes activities for Church members, and I have other opportunities to serve as well. I have assignments to visit and teach other young men and young women in my congregation on a regular basis. By this means I have made good friendships and I have also grown, knowing that I am responsible for the spiritual and physical well-being of these friends of mine. I also attend the Logan Institute of Religion. Here I can take college-type religious classes on different subjects from Church-staffed teachers. I try to take enough classes at the Institute so that every day of the week I can go and have some sort of spiritual lift. I think the most important ways that I live my faith are in the day-to-day decisions I make. I am careful about little things, like what movies I watch, how I groom myself, how I treat my friends and my teachers, and how I use my spare time. I feel like each of these areas of my life are important to my Father in Heaven. I try to represent Jesus Christ wherever I go and in whatever activity I participate.