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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a mechanical engineer, a backpacker, and yes, I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Arizona desert rat, born and bred. I love the outdoors. When I get vacation time, it's usually to go backpacking on some new adventure. I highly recommend the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Coyote Gulch, and Catalina Island. I've dabbled a little in canyoneering, but I find I'm not quite ready to spend the money to really sink my teeth into it. Beyond the outdoors, I grew up with a physics teacher as a dad, where I was ruined early on with discussions of black holes and quantum mechanics. Consequently I grew up to become an engineer. I graduated from Arizona State University with a mechanical engineering degree, and have been working at it ever since. If I'm not working or backpacking you'll probably find me on some other fun adventure. Whether it's riding a dirt bike or bombing down a mountain on my snowboard, I like to stay active and live life.

Why I am a Mormon

The organization of this church makes perfect sense to me. To be led directly from God to a prophet fits the manner in which God has always done things. It removes confusion and establishes a line of authority. I agree with this belief. It rings true to my heart. I decided early on that I would read the Book of Mormon and see for myself if I believed what was being said. I got half way through the book, closed it, held it in the air, and found myself proclaiming out loud, that I didn't believe there was a man alive who could have written this book. It didn't strike me as nice story or a philosophical way to live, but as a history. A history with all of the deep complexities of life coupled with the teachings of Christ and his prophets. There is only one other book with this same feel, and that is the Bible. They match both in their manner and in their teachings. The Book of Mormon felt right in my heart. If the Book of Mormon was true, I knew the church was true. If I know the church to be true, I must follow it. I have an internal nature to want to do what's right, and I feel that this is right. To do otherwise would tear at my very soul.

How I live my faith

There are so many ways that I live my faith. Often in the church we are asked to help serve others in need. I love to serve. Last year I was approached with a special service assignment. There was a family that wanted to attend church regularly but felt that they couldn't because they had a severely autistic 8 year old boy. As anyone with an autistic child may know, something like church can be an incredibly difficult challenge. This family wanted to attend and they needed help. I was asked if I would be willing to assist this family by working specifically with the boy. I had absolutely no idea how to work with an autistic 8 year old, but I was ready to take on the challenge. I had a goal that for a few brief hours, the parents of this child could relax, take breath, and enjoy church without constant worry. I recruited help and got to work. My little act of service became adventurous and was personally rewarding. But it was in no way unique. As I stated before, I love to serve. I have had similar service opportunities in helping to form activities committees, welfare projects, and chances to teach the youth. I live my faith in the way I choose to live my life.