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Hi I'm Chris Hale

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married, father of 3 boys in Arizona. My wife, Andrea, and I have been married for 5 years and have three boys, Grant (2007), Michael (2009) and Benjamin (2011). I graduated from ASU in Finance in 2009 and am currently employed as a Supervisor in the Business Development Group of a large financial institution. I love all sports, and I played basketball as a point guard in high school, as well as one year at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. I served a mission in the New York, New York South Mission from Aug 2002 - 2004. Included in that missionary service was a 3-month stint in Bermuda, from March 2004 - June 2004! The island is beautiful and the people were so friendly and welcoming. I most enjoy spending time with my family! Those boys sure have a lot of energy! I also enjoy reading (Ender's Game, Harry Potter, Dan Brown, Eragon to name a few) and playing board games like Monopoly, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Acquire, and many others. I played the piano from age 8 - 16 and still enjoy sitting down and playing the songs I memorized during that time frame. I love being with my extended family, which includes six siblings on my side, as well as 11 siblings on my wife's side! Life is great and I have so many things to be thankful for!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church, but as with anyone who truly decides to be an active member of the church, I had to have my own soul-searching experiences. I remember a few pivotal moments in my life that have contributed to why I choose to be an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of the first experiences that was really memorable to me was when I was 14 and attending a youth camp called Especially For Youth. I was sitting in a class that was about helping us recognize the feeling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The instructor taught us about the three members of the Godhead; Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. He then invited each one of us to say a silent prayer to ourselves, asking three simple questions. Heavenly Father, are you there? Is Jesus Christ your Son? Is the Holy Ghost real? I took the challenge and bowed my head and closed my eyes there in my chair and asked those three simple questions. The feeling that overcame me at that time was the feeling of the Holy Ghost, confirming to me that the three things I asked for were true. I know my Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is His Son and that He was sent here to die for me, and all of us. I know that the Holy Ghost is real and that he is here to testify to us of the love of our Father in Heaven and our Savior. He testifies of truth and helps us feel peace and comfort in the difficult world we live in. Since that day, I have had numerous experiences where the Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that the choices I am making in my life are right. I am so thankful to know that I can pray to Heavenly Father and He will answer me through the Holy Ghost. I've prayed about job changes, about how to handle difficult parenting situations, and probably the biggest decision I ever made; to get married and who to get married to. What a blessing it is to have a relationship with God!

How I live my faith

I try to live my life in such a way that demonstrates my belief in Jesus Christ. I remember one time having lunch with a leader of another faith as a missionary. This leader told my companion and I that we were doomed to go to Hell because we were Mormons. I asked him to consider one question objectively. What about the way I live my life, regardless of what I believe in or teach, goes against what you believe? What about the way I live my life is inherently bad or wicked or dooming me to Hell? He didn't have an answer, because he knew that although he may not agree with our beliefs and doctrines, we generally try to be good people and do the best we know how. This is how I try to live my life. I enjoy serving in my congregation (ward) in whatever opportunity I am asked to serve in. Currently I am serving in the leadership of the ward, or the Bishopric, as the Second Counselor. I have a wonderful opportunity to visit the members of the ward in their homes to invite them to serve in different capacities, to thank them for their service or to just visit and see how they're doing. I have been able to get a small taste of the kind of love Jesus Christ has for each one of us as I get to know those who attend our ward. I also oversee a few of the organizations in the ward and work with the presidents of those organizations, namely the Young Women and the Primary (Children). We work together to ensure proper staffing for teachers and well as the spirituality and quality of instruction for the classes. At home we do our best to read the scriptures and pray together as a family. It is so humbling to hear the prayers of our young boys as they demonstrate their pure faith and innocence in prayer to Heavenly Father. Even our 2 year-old recognizes Jesus Christ in pictures and loves to learn scripture stories and sing the songs he learns in his Primary class. Having the church in our lives unifies us in purpose and provides a wonderful support system!