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Hi I'm Chris

I'm an avid Drum Corps fan, I'm half Irish, I never give up, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician! I love playing music of all kinds. I started out playing trumpet, and now I also play percussion. Music is one of my big passions, and my favorite thing to do is play on the drumline in marching band. I'm 20 years old and going on a mission to Alaska right now, and hope to get a degree in music education when I get back. Some other things I like to do are reading books, writing, singing, coloring, cooking, swimming, goofing off, nature and animals, and learning anything new!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church; I began to really study the scriptures and exercise real faith in Christ when I got into my teenage years, but God has had an influence on my life long before then. I have felt of his love for me, and I've discovered for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true, restored Gospel of Jesus Christ on earth. I found out because I prayed to God and asked him if the Book of Mormon wasn't true. I didn't see a vision or hear a voice coming out of the sky, telling me to stay in the Church; I just felt good inside, like it made sense. I've found that the Spirit speaks to me in many ways, but very few of my experiences have been huge impressions that I should do something really specific; my faith has gained bit by bit as I study the scriptures, go to church, and pray. Some people would say that is not enough for them, but I know just as Joseph Smith knew, and I have never had an amazing experience like he did. I know because I have tasted the joy and love the Gospel of Christ has given me. It wasn't big or dramatic. I just realized that I knew it was true. I needed to live my life so that I would be in line with the principles that God has given us to be happy.

How I live my faith

The one way that I am living my faith right now is by going to serve a mission for the Lord. Our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, has said that every worthy young man should go and share the gospel with others on a mission. I want to follow that example, and be an example to others, so I am going. Not only that, but I love the Gospel of Christ so much that I want to share it with others. In my everyday life, I want to follow the example of Jesus and do as he did. I live my faith through being an example; actions speak louder than words, and though I am not even close to being perfect, I try to live my life worthy of being a disciple of Christ. I love helping others come closer to Christ through service. Doing the little things are what really count. I just do my best to bring others to the level of happiness that I have had in my life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Chris
Our Prophet has said that all worthy young men should go on a mission, though the call to serve is voluntary, not mandatory. Some do not choose to serve, and some are not able to because of health issues or problems. Many sister missionaries choose to serve as well, although the leaders of the church have not asked them to go like they have asked the young men. Senior couples can apply to serve a mission too. A missionaries' purpose is to invite others to come closer to Christ through Faith in Him and his Atonement, repentance, baptism, and enduring in the faith to the end of their lives. We're not out there to break anyone elses faith in their religion, but to help them receive the greater fulness of the Gospel and come closer to Christ and his teachings. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Chris
Because without the bible, our Gospel would be incomplete. The Bible provides lots of stories and lessons that the Book of Mormon doesn't have. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Chris
Um, no. We respect and revere him as a prophet, but we don't worship him. We only worship Almighty God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Chris
You have to have made certain commitments to enter the temple (like baptism). Just like you wouldn't invite the paperboy into your home and let him look through your closet, we only let people who are worthily baptized members come in to the temple. We perform marriages in the temple, and do proxy baptisms for those that didn't get a chance to be baptized in life. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Chris
Because lots of people don't understand what we are as a church. We actually believe most of the same things as the Catholic Church and other Christian religions. We have 14 Million members worldwide, and we believe in and worship Jesus Christ. If you actually take time to read about our religion from a credible source (lds.org or mormon.org, nowhere else) then you can see that we are most definitely not a cult. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Chris
Priesthood is responsibility. We can only use the priesthood to serve and benefit others, not ourselves. We can use the priesthood to perform in leadership callings in the Church, perform baptisms and other ordinances, and give blessings to those who need it. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Chris
Well, we don't drink Tea, Coffee, or Alcohol because quite simply, it's not good for you. Some people may disagree, but I have the faith that when we follow those guidelines to not put such things into our bodies, we will enjoy a longer, fuller, happier life. How many people say, they can't get up in the morning and get going unless they have their cup (or two) of coffee? We shouldn't be dependent upon a substance to function right. Beer and wine and tobacco are also very damaging, and addictive. We also are encouraged to eat/drink things that are really good for our bodies. You only get one body in this lifetime, so it's probably best to take good care of it (apples and kiwi are my personal favorites in the fruit category). Just try it out -- if you go without coffee or tea for just even one week, I believe it will make a difference. You'll be healthier, have a clearer mind, and be able to enjoy life more. I guarantee it. Show more Show less