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Hi I'm Chris

I was raised on a ranch in Nevada. Now I consult families and corporations internationally. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I help individuals, couples, and families change from their hearts from war to peace. While trained as a psychologist, I have found that the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be the way to deep, real, and lasting changes of the heart. Many assume that emotions can't be changed, but I have witnessed great changes of heart when people have been mistreated and abused. Moreover, I have witnessed miraculous changes in the hearts of abusers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 21, uncertain and confused about many things, including the meaning of this life. Some friends offered me a Book of Mormon and suggested it might help. I began reading that afternoon and finished it the next afternoon. For me the book read as though I knew it already. I knew after reading a few pages that what I was reading was true. Indeed I discovered that the Book of Mormon opened up the Old and New Testaments for me. Now nearly 40 years later, I continue to cherish and learn from this great book and the Bible. Here is one learning: I have come to discover that while there may be intellectuals who have problems with the gospel, I know of no intellectual problems with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am awed that Jesus is willing to be misunderstood by so many people. He is the Creator of this Earth, while so many attribute it to other random forces, and then He blesses them in their lives. I love the peace and freedom that I have experienced by seeking forgiveness when my heart has been unforgiving. He has blessed me to love and miss my father who took his life when I was 16. For more than 5 years I hated my father, blamed him for every difficulty in my life (most were the result of my choices), and even vilified him by having him abandon me 2-3 times a week in my dreams. I often wished for the opportunity to tell him off. Then I was challenged by a young Mormon girl who pointed out I never did tell him off in those dreams. Then she observed that at some level I understood that he must have been in a lot of pain to have taken his life that I didn't want to add to it. I was stunned. Her observations helped me see that he had burdens. Until that moment I had thought that he was my burden. He became real for me in that moment and over the next month my heart changed completely toward my father. Now I love him and miss him - and look forward to seeing him in the life to come.

How I live my faith

I am currently teaching adults during Sunday School. I get the opportunity to step into the finest spiritual community - the scriptures - each week. I often find that I am needing to change as I read the stories, prophecies, and the words of Christ and his prophets. While preparing I find questions come to mind that are relevant today as we all have problems in our lives. I am often humbled by how their lives parallel ours. They faced disbelief and worldliness, hard times economically, wars and rumors of wars, family discord, children who struggle, conflict and reconciliation. And I get to share that with others weekly. Moreover I have the opportunity with a 17 year old young man, Josh, to support, help, teach and encourage 3 families on a monthly basis. Through regular prayer before visiting we have asked for guidance and have felt impressed to say, offer, teach specific things. I have been also greatly blessed to work with a young man who genuinely cares about the families and others, and is busy in so many other ways in high school, friends and family. I often remember how selfish and self-absorbed I was as a youth, and am so grateful for his goodness and abundance of life. But most important is my family. We study the scriptures together nearly every morning, on Monday night we gather as family and friends and sing hymns, share gospel lessons, enjoy a meal or treats afterwards. These Monday evenings have become an oasis for us in a troubled world. Our time together sustains us as we go about school and work. My wife and I have one son and eight daughters, five are now married, and we have 8 grandchildren with one more due in 2012. We have faced some heartbreak but mostly joy. My wife is the heart of the family, her counsel to me and them has been invaluable. Our children often express gratitude for her guidance. For example, at Christmas, she asks our married children to give us the present of them serving someone else and then writing us a letter about it.