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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a dad and a husband. I love the mountains. I try to live a good life and do what is right.

About Me

I grew up in sunny Southern California. It's a great place, but we really love Colorado, where we live now. I played baseball a lot as a boy and up until my early years of college. I wish I had more time to play and watch it. My dad took my brothers and I out hunting and fishing a lot when we were kids. I'm grateful for that, because I have really developed a love for the outdoors. I'm not quite the hunter, and fisher that my dad is; however I still enjoy it. Today, I really enjoy hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and skiing. I really wish I had more time for those activities, but it is good to have responsibilities and a balanced life. I am a father and I love my family. Recently I have been teaching my oldest child to ride a bike and to ski. It's so fun and fulfilling to see them grow and accomplish new things and to see them happy from finding a new fun thing to do and from overcoming a challenge. I guess that is why I really like the mountains - there is always a challenge and it is exhilarating to be outside, having a ride, and seeing new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the experiences I have had throughout my life and the feelings I have had in connection with some of these experiences. The combination of those have been God's witness to me that what I am doing is right, and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Let me give an example. When I was about 16, one of my religious leaders (a Bishop) asked me if I had a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I replied I did. He asked how I knew it was true. I replied that I knew it was true, because when I read it, I felt I was better able to do what was right and resist temptation. That was a beginning step for me in knowing that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I believe that anyone who reads the scriptures (The Bible and the Book of Mormon), with real intent to live teachings found in them if they find they are true, will come to a knowledge and receive a witness from God that they are true. I have had and continue to have other experiences that have led me to believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that how I live is right.

How I live my faith

Man, that's a good question. First and foremost probably in my everyday actions. There are a fair amount of things I could improve on in my life, so my actions don't always reflect what I believe. I hope that because of the way I treat my children, they will come to know that they have a Father in Heaven who loves them just as much, and probably more than I do, and that he, as do I, want the best for them. I hope because of my actions my children will see why God gave us commandments, and know that it is good to keep them, and that we will become more like him, we will be happy and have meaning to life as we do so. I am far from perfect at it, but we try to teach our children what is right both in formal settings and through our example. I also serve in my church and have had several different responsibilities there, such as teaching a class weekly, or being a Scoutmaster for the troop that our unit of the Church sponsors. I never regret trying to live my faith, and almost always feel a sense of satisfaction from trying to do what is right and also trying to serve God.