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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a mother and a grandmother, neuropsychologist, and avid reader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mother joined the church when I was 3 years old in fulfillment of a promise she made to God. After several miscarriages, she promised she would raise her child as a Christian if she was blessed to become a mother. The missionaries contacted her after I was born, and she studied with them for 2 years before being baptized. It was a sacrifice for her, as my dad was not interested at the time. Her sacrifices then, along with many more over the ensuing years, gave me a rich legacy to honor and try to live up to.

Why I am a Mormon

A friend once challenged me about my membership, suggesting that I am a Mormon only because I was raised as one. It's true that I rested on my mother's testimony in my early years, but the time came when I gained a knowledge of truth for myself. That knowledge continues to grow and provides a foundation for all my decisions. I've always found knowledge to be an interesting concept...the many ways we can know things. For me, I've found that the most convincing, enduring knowledge has been that which I've experienced and not just read about. I have felt in my heart the truth of the Savior's atonement, His love for me, the reality of repentance and forgiveness that come only from Him. There is more I could say...other areas where I have confidence in the truth of the Gospel, but it really all starts and ends with the Savior.

How I live my faith

One thing I love about the organization of the Church are the opportunities it provides for me to serve, while learning and developing talents. Every season of my life has offered its unique opportunities, and over the years I've served in many ways at church and in my community. With each new responsibility, I feel inadequate, but when I embrace it, I find resources I didn't know I had. Currently, I am an adult leader in the program for teenage girls. These girls amaze me! They so bravely stand up for their beliefs and maintain their standards in a challenging environment fraught with temptations and obstacles. They are an inspiration to me; who benefits most -- them or me? Professionally, I work with individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and other conditions that have resulted in significant health changes in their lives. I have learned so much by working in this field and have been regularly humbled by the resilience of people in response to significant life changes. My testimony of the Savior has helped me in my work, especially when dealing with difficult people. Remembering His love for all of us helps me view those who are especially challenging in the way that He might see them.