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Hi I'm Chris

I live in Texas. I'm a Fellow at AT&T Labs working on Internet and mobile technologies. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California near the ocean - I really miss the beautiful weather there. As an adult, I lived for 17 years on the east coast in Maryland and New Jersey where I worked in space sciences and data communications. I am an electrical engineer, received my PhD from Princeton University. Now I live in Texas. I have never been anywhere with so much state pride. I am a husband and a father of 4 children. I love my family. I enjoy sports, particularly soccer and college football. I like playing board games and video games with my children. I served a mission for the LDS church in Barcelona, Spain in the early eighties and I love the Spanish people.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was a member of the church while my mother converted in her late teens. They raised me in a home of faith and religious devotion. I was baptized at age 8. My faith as a boy was simple and I never doubted the existence of my Heavenly Father. As a youth I was taught the scriptures, the value of service and I observed the example of incredible adults. I knew absolutely amazing adults who were wonderful examples of living faithful, devout lives filled with acts of unselfish charity. I don't know why I was so fortunate to know so many outstanding people that had such a positive impact on me. As a youth in the midst of so many good examples and people that seemed, to me, to have such great spiritual experiences, I personally did not feel that I had had any spiritual experiences. I think I was expecting to have a Saul (Paul) blinding light experience on the road to Damascus. But then about the time I was headed off to college, I finally recognized how the spirit operates in our lives. I came to the realization that I had numerous spiritual experiences. All those service projects as a youth; visiting monthly a faithful, elderly sister; hearing the powerful testimonies of my church leaders and teachers; being moved to tears at youth conference testimony meetings - in every one I was being touched by the spirit. And I realized that there had been many times in my prayers and in reading the scriptures that I felt the spirit touch my heart. That is one of the challenges for people wanting to find religion - recognizing the spirit touching our lives when we engage in activities that follow the patterns set by Jesus Christ. It can be subtle. I now do not doubt that God and his Son Jesus Christ are real. Because of Jesus Christ I can repent and overcome my weaknesses and there is life after death for all. God has blessed me so much that I could never consider any other option than to follow Him.

How I live my faith

It is very important for me to give service. Currently I teach Bible and other scriptures to high school students early in the morning before they head to school. Whenever people are needed to help I try to participate (at the church sponsored food bank, helping people move, providing transportation, etc.) Sundays are important days of worship. We spend several hours at church. And our family tries to make the rest of the day different from any others. It is important that we do activities that renew our spirit and determination to be more faithful in the coming week. At home we read the scriptures daily with our children and we have daily family prayer. And we try to appreciate and value all people we come in contact with. Pride is something God constantly reminds me that I need to let go. For me, my faith defines me and is a way of life. It is not just a Sunday activity and few religious holidays. When we go on vacation there is no vacation from our faith - we go out of our way to attend church and to keep the Sabbath day. I love the scriptures having read the Bible many times. But I especially draw strength from the Book of Mormon. I am not a religious scholar. But I feel that the scriptures really apply to my life.