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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an IT techie, and I work in sales. I enjoy pretty much any gizmo that's electronic, but I seem to get my fill at work these days, and I enjoy non-technical stuff much more at home than I once did. Mountain biking is my athletic passion, and although I don't get to do it as often as I'd wish, it's exhilarating every time, especially after a gruesome uphill push to earn the downhill bliss. I also enjoy hiking and spending time in the beautiful Colorado mountains. I enjoy traveling and seeing the world, and trying new things. When I'm not away traveling for work, I try to do things that involve the family.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was baptized shortly before I was born, and she's the chief reason I got involved in the Church. That's not to say that I just did it because I was born that way, though. Like everyone, when I left home and ventured out on my own, I had to choose what I was going to do. After all, going to church for 3 hours each Sunday isn't super high on most people's bucket lists! But I was fortunate that from a young age, I was blessed with experiences that taught me for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed true. Though there was no single, pivotal event for me that changed my life forever, a series of small, seemingly insignificant events in life have shown me that this is the way I should live. Now, as I raise my own family, there's no question to me that I'm happier because of the teachings of Jesus Christ. First, and most importantly, I know that my family and I can be together forever, no matter what. As I'm away from my family a great deal for business travel, this knowledge brings me great peace. Other gospel principles have helped me as well; in particular, I look at how hard it is for young people as they grow up in a cruel and confusing world. The Gospel shows me how to raise children who will be positive contributors to society, and it gives my children an anchor in a sea of noise and shifting values.

How I live my faith

My present responsibilities at church have me attending early-morning meetings a couple times each month. We start at 6am, which isn't my favorite thing in the world. But it's also hard to complain about hanging out with some choice men and women, no matter what time of day it is, and to feel of the Spirit of our Heavenly Father, which makes a great difference to my day. After the early meeting, I often have assignment to speak in Sacrament meeting (our main worship service) or to otherwise help out at any of a number of wards (congegrations). Sundays are sometimes long with one assignment bumping right up to another, but I know I've been greatly blessed and I'm happy to serve and help others in return. One of my particular responsibilities presently is to oversee our "Seminary" program, where high-school age youth attend an early-morning gospel-study class each day before school. Most of these classes start at 6a each day, and it's amazing to see our young people rise (literally!) to the task of attending. But if you ask them (aside from acknowledging that it's early and they're tired), they'll tell you it's a wonderful way to start their days and to feel a dose of goodness before they're sent off to deal with the harsh reality of today's high-school experience. The men and women who teach these classes do so without compensation. They are amazing. They must not only rise early and teach a class before work each day, but they also have to prepare each night beforehand; it's a daunting job. And yet they do so cheerfully, and as a result make an indelible impression on the young people whom they serve. It's a marvelous example of serving the way our Savior Jesus Christ served.