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Hi I'm Chris

I am husband, father, son, and brother. I am a soldier and patriot. I am a doctor and surgeon. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as an Army brat and spent my younger years moving from place to place due to my father's job. I made lots of friends and had lots of good experiences. I grew up playing soccer and baseball, playing the clarinet and saxophone in the jazz and marching bands as well as in the city and school concert bands, reading my favorite books, and doing things with my friends. I have always been interested in biology and medicine and though it took me a long time to finally decide on a career, I am happy to report that I'm almost done with my training. Although my career often takes up much of my time, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my amazing wife and our little son. If there is any time left over, I enjoy running, watching my favorite college basketball and football teams, staying informed about what is happening in the world, target shooting, and reading for pleasure.

Why I am a Mormon

When I went to college in the fall of 1997, I was looking forward to many new and exciting things. I planned to learn a lot, make new friends, and plot out a course for my life. It wasn't long after I got to college that I realized that people lived all kinds of different lives. I met many bright and intelligent people full of promise as well as those who used college as a spring board to dive into experimentation with sex, alcohol, drugs, and who knows what else. Within a few months of starting college I began to hang out with a group of people that seemed to have many of the same values as I did. They were hard workers, they weren't promiscuous nor did they abuse alcohol or drugs. They were clean in their ideas, actions, and words, and they were just generally pleasant people to be around. Although I knew very little about it at the time, most of these people were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). It didn't take long for them to invite me to church and I went with them because I did not want to offend them. I was greeted warmly by all those whom I met. People were very nice and made me feel right at home. Although this impressed me I still was nowhere near being interested in changing my religion. Days, weeks, and months passed me by and I began to see the goodness of these people and I wondered what made them different. I asked many questions and they were very patient and loving and tried to answer everything to my satisfaction. It wasn't until I met with the missionaries and prayed about the Book of Mormon, however, until I knew. I felt the Spirit touch my heart and testify to me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. After that I could not deny all that I had learned. I knew it was true and I knew that God knew that I knew it was true. It took me a while to muster the necessary faith to make the changes in my life but I knew it was the right thing to do. I have never looked back...

How I live my faith

I have a difficult time expressing how I live my faith because its tenets are so important to me that I find it impossible to separate my faith from who I am. One of the best examples that I can think of how I tried to show my love for Heavenly Father was to volunteer as a missionary. I spent two years of my life in a mountainous region in Brazil teaching the gospel and performing service. Those two years were among the hardest and most rewarding of my life. In the present I mainly find I manifest and live my faith by loving and serving my family. Through the teachings of modern day prophets, we know that we can be together as a family even after death. This life is the time to practice living a life of love and service to those who are most precious to us. Serving and showing love to my family brings me great happiness and peace. I am not perfect, but through the grace of Christ I can feel closer to him and be a better husband, father, brother, son, and neighbor.