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Hi I'm Chris Sandum

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the small town of Woodland, California. My earliest memories are there in woodland. I remember it being so different than it is today. Playing cops and robbers, riding bikes around the neighborhood, knowing and trusting your neighbors. While life seemed so sublime then, it proved to get more and more difficult. Thankfully I was raised by kind and loving parents here on earth and always under the watchful eye and caring hands of a loving Heavenly Father as well. My life today is filled with simple pleasures and joy. I love spending time with my new hobby- and hopefully career of dog training, I am a husband to a loving and supportive wife who helps me grow personally and spiritually each day. Both of us are parents to beautiful long waited for children who have brought us incredible joy. Somehow I actually went to college and got these helpful things called degrees (fancy paper's that say you are qualified to do something!) I am currently a therapist for a local substance abuse treatment center. I find a great deal of satisfaction in helping others find recovery as I did and watching there hearts and minds change change and fill with joy and hope that they had either never known or had forgotten. My motto is treat others as you want to be treated and to do more for others when possible.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm Mormon? Good question. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on August 18th, 1991. I was introduced to the Church by my father's sister while visiting in Utah. There was something different about her and her family. A peace that I had never known, a sense that something great was happening with myself as well. I started praying, I started reading the scriptures, I started seeking to feel the love of my savior more. I believe he gave me answers and began allowing him to direct my life. It was amazing. Unfortunately, I allowed myself to neglect my relationship with my Heavenly Father and things in my life became overbearing and difficult to deal with. Instead of seeking him, I turned to old vices which lead me to dark places. Regardless of my circumstances there was always a member of the Church helping to offer me a way back. It took me sometime to accept the help but one I did all those good feelings came back. It seemed this time I had an even better understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Chris has helped me know who I am, what my purposed is here, and understand what true joy and peace are. I would encourage everyone to read the Book of Mormon, pray and ask Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ about the truthfulness of it. Ask them if Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, listen to the ones that are currently here. I hope that you will find what I have found: Purpose, meaning, and a life worth living for the good of yourself and other.

How I live my faith

Well, I wish I could tell you I read the scriptures every day, wish I could say that I pray as much as needed. Fact is i'm not perfect. I do choose to things that are uplifting to my own soul and hopefully uplift others. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we try to visit one another often. If there is a need for help in anyway members can support each other. My friend and I are assigned 2 families that we visit. Most of the time are 2 families are doing just fine. I also have a couple of friends who visit my home. We have had an opportunity to bless each other's life for good in many ways. It is nice to know there is always someone there for you when you need them. If I could describe the one way I live my faith, it is by living the golden rule. Not only treating others as I want to be treated, but how would I want the ones I love to be treated by others. The best rule the Man upstairs ever came up with. It has brought lasting joy to my life and hope and thankfulness to others.