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Hi I'm Chris

I used to play football, now I study the past as a professional archaeologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have three beautiful daughters. One of my children has a lot of health problems, but they're all very happy kids. I played football though high school and college. Now I work full time as an archaeological consultant, and am also completing a doctorate in anthropology. I specialize in prehistoric Native American cultures, and particularly enjoy studying pottery. Work and school keep me pretty busy, but I do enjoy reading, playing video games with the kids, working in the yard, and raising chickens.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS Church. At a certain point during high school, I began to wonder if the things I had been taught by my parents and at Church were true. Were my parents misguided? Was there even a God? I didn't know, but I wanted to find out. I studied the scriptures for myself, and prayed to God and asked if He was really there. I received an answer to my prayer. I had an overwhelming feeling that God existed and that He loved me. I continued to study and pray, and I also learned that Jesus Christ saved me, that the Book of Mormon was the word of God along with the Bible, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was God's Church on the earth. As I try to follow the example of Christ, I continue to have that feeling in my life, the Holy Ghost, guiding me and directing me. As an archaeologist, I deal with objects, with physical evidence. The Holy Ghost is my evidence; it's why I'm a Mormon. I encourage everyone to try this experiment for themselves, study things out and pray and ask God. He gave me an answer, and He'll give you one too.

How I live my faith

The Savior spent His time serving and lifting up others, and I believe the best way to live my faith is to try and follow His example. I try to teach my children to do what Christ would do if He were here. Another way I live my faith is by visiting people in their homes and trying to lift each other's burdens. Jesus loved everyone, including people that He just met on the street. I try to treat people with kindness like He did.