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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a mechanical engineer. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Every morning I get up and go to work. I spend my day in front of a computer in a cubicle on the fourth floor of an office building in the city. The business cards on my desk say that I'm a hydraulic engineer with a PhD. It's a good job, but I have a hard time defining myself by what I do for work. No, it's going home in the evening that's the best part of my day. Who can resist the world's three most beautiful children screaming "Daddy!" all at once? I love wrestling with my boys, kissing my wife hello, and holding my baby daughter. I enjoy simple pleasures--a long walk on a quiet morning, a soft couch and a good book, chasing fireflies with my kids on a summer evening, chatting with friends over a good meal. I like to go out with my wife on Friday nights and go to church on Sunday mornings. It's a quiet life, and I love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. As a child, my parents took me to church and taught me from the scriptures. That upbringing is part of who I am today, but tradition can only take you so far. I chose to stay in the faith because I became convinced of three things: 1. God exists. He knows and loves me. 2. The Book of Mormon contains the word of God. It is an inspired document written by ancient prophets, not a modern fabrication. It helps me answer the big questions about life, about my Heavenly Father, and about myself. 3. The gospel works. The Mormon lifestyle keeps families together, helps people become caring and responsible, and provides the best odds for a long and happy life. Why? Because it's based on true principles. There are a lot of other reasons why I'm a Mormon. I could tell you about prayers that have been answered, miracles I have experienced, how I have felt the Holy Spirit, and the changes I have seen in other people as they accepted the restored gospel. But the points I listed are the top three for me. One more thing: I'm a Mormon because I choose to believe. We all have a choice between faith and doubt; there are plenty of reasons for both. Faith is recognizing that although it can't be proven, it may still be true. Faith is accepting the things we don't yet understand because of the things that we do. Faith is like a flashlight. It only illuminates the path a few feet ahead. If we demand more light before taking a step, we'll never see any farther. But if we take that step, the light moves with us, showing a bit more, and even becoming a bit brighter. That is the way it has been for me.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Some things are obvious to others. I don't drink alcohol or coffee. My language is squeaky clean. I wear a suit and tie to church. Things like that are unusual enough to be noticed, but that's not what being a Mormon is all about. I live my faith by trying to be a good husband and father. I take time to pray and study the scriptures. I try to treat everyone I meet with respect. Trying is not always succeeding, but that's okay. We don't have to be perfect because Jesus was. But we do have to give our very best effort. I believe that I live my faith best when I do what is right simply because it is right, and not for any other reason. I live my faith by serving in the church. I am a bishop, the leader of a local congregation. It's not a job--I'm not paid, and it's not a permanent position. After a few years I will be released and someone else will be called. I provide counseling to people who are working to make positive changes in their lives. I visit the members of my congregation and share friendship and fellowship. I spend time with the teenagers and teach them by word and example. I have a responsibility to care for the poor, making sure no one goes hungry and helping people to become financially independent. And occasionally I get to represent the church in the community.