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Hi I'm Chris

I love God, my family, and music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was fortunate enough to be born to a strong family, who raised me in the way I believe God wanted them to. I couldn't have asked God to put me in a better position to start out in life. I'm grateful for what I have been given, and I would like to help other people have some of these things so they can also be happy in life. My greatest goal is to have a family that is happy and lasts forever, and to help as many people as I can to have a meaningful, enjoyable life. From the beginning of my life I have been taught to love music, I have my parents to thank for that. They started me out early in piano which became the foundation of my education in music. Later, I learned to play drums and other percussion instruments in school programs, through private lessons, and by practicing and developing on my own. I continue to enjoy exploring this family of instruments because of the endless options and many applications to virtually every genre of music, many of which are not commonly know to most of the world. There are very few genres of music that I don't love. One reason I enjoy drums and percussion is because of the vast variety of Instruments that are played in each type of music. I enjoy searching and learning in all ways that I can about music, which is why I studied it and will continue to study it in college. I recognize that my talents and interests in music have not been given to me solely for myself, but more importantly for the enjoyment and benefit of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of strong members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In my home and in church, I learned to live a life focused on the way Jesus Christ lived his life on earth. I am far from perfect and I make many mistakes, because I am human, but with the Savior's help I receive strength and am more able to face life's challenges. It was not always this way for me. Each person, whether born into the church or not, must face life's tests to see if he or she will live the teachings of Jesus Christ. When I was 19 years old, I discovered that I needed to strive to live as Christ did. In our church, young men and women are encouraged to serve a mission for 18 months or two years. These missions involve a complete commitment on the part of the missionary, to serve and teach people in which ever part of the world they are sent. Though serving a mission is voluntary, missionaries agree to meet a standard of conduct established by the Lord Himself, through the prophet and apostles whom he has called to lead his church in the latter days. Just prior to my mission, I decided to read for the first time by myself, a sacred book that God has given us for our times: The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is intended by God, to be another witness of his Son Jesus Christ, just as the Holy Bible is. It has two other main purposes also, which are to teach us that God has personally called men in our days to be prophets and that through His prophets, He has reestablished in our day, the very church that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to establish nearly two-thousand years ago. In the end of the Book of Mormon, an Ancient Prophet who was finishing writing the book, promises us that if we read and sincerely pray about it, we will feel the Holy Ghost witness that it is true. I read the book. I know It is true. I could not deny it if I wanted to. And because it is true, I devoted myself to living as Jesus did. I have now been on a mission for nearly two years.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned above in the other sections, I am a missionary for the church. As a missionary every moment is devoted to serving God. As one might imagine, the blessings for such service are incredible. I can honestly say I have discovered who I really am, while I have been on my mission. I live my faith because through patient prayer and an open heart, I have learned that God gives back in a very real way to those who seek him. I have chosen to live the way I live because I want so badly to help people discover that God has been promising His children from the beginning of time, that He will speak to us if we will simply come to Him for help in the way He has asked us to. The daily life of a missionary is quite different than other people's lives. We follow a unique schedule, dress according to a dress code, and teach others about Christ and His gospel. We do these things willingly, because we know that they constitute our portion in the blessing of others lives. Missionaries who learn to willingly trust in the standards they have agreed to live by, are generally very happy individuals. As much as some of us would like to stay on our missions forever, missionaries do not get to serve as full-time missionaries forever. When our time is finished we go back to a regular life-style and go on with the other important pursuits such as education, employment, and marriage. I feel that I have changed in a very positive way while serving the Lord. When I return to "normal" life there are standards that I will still willingly live by. Habits I have developed on my mission such as daily scripture study, frequent prayer, and clean and mature behavior will certainly still govern my life. I choose to live this way because I have experienced the benefits of doing so, and want to continue sharing them with others. Also, I will certainly resume interests that I have set aside for two years, such as exploring music, but I will use them more for the benefit of others.