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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from college and took and engineering job designing and building helicopters. I've been fascinated by aircraft my entire life and feel very lucky to work in the industry that has captured my imagination since I was a small boy. Taking this job required me to move to a completely new state in which I knew almost no one, but over the past couple years I've met amazing people as well as stayed in close contact with family and old friends. One of my favorite hobbies is sailing. I'd rather go sailing than do almost anything else. My boat was purchased by my grandparents in 1971, and in the past 40 years has floated (pun intended) from one family member to another until it sat unused for years. When I finished my mission I decided to fix it up, and taught myself how to sail mainly through reading books and articles. The climate where I live now makes it a little more difficult to sail frequently, but I still manage to make it to the lake every couple months. I also enjoy photography, singing, reading, learning the piano, spending time with friends and family, as well as a ton of other things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was very active in the Church. When I was young my parents taught me the gospel, and I enjoyed going to church and learning more about Jesus Christ. When I was a teenager I was a bit of a punk to pretty much everyone. I had a quick wit and no filter between my brain and my mouth. I kept going to Church because I didn't really know what else I would do, but my commitment wasn't as strong as it could have been. By the time I went to college and approached turning 19 (the earliest age at which LDS young men can go on a mission, LDS young woman can go at 21) I decided that I needed to figure out if the Church was really true or not. I always knew in a way that it was, but I decided that if I was going to be a missionary I should have a definitive testimony if it were true. Around this time one of my sisters and her husband had their first baby boy. Due to some impossible to detect problems and complications he died shortly after birth. I found out very early in the morning and was devastated and in shock. I began praying to Heavenly Father to let me know if my nephew was alright. I read the scriptures, spoke to church leaders, and prayed some more. A couple of days later we gathered at the cemetery for a graveside service. As I approached his burial site I saw headstones for other babies who had died not long after being born. One of these headstones depicted the Savior cradling a small baby in his arms and as soon as I saw that scene the Spirit confirmed to me that my nephew was safe and well, and that because Christ had paid the price of my and the world's sins we would all see my nephew again one day. This experience changed my entire life. I know my sister and brother-in-law miss their son, but we also know we will see him again. I am thankful to my Savior and His Atonement, and for the knowledge that families are eternal.

How I live my faith

I love being involved with my congregation (called a ward). I look forward to going to church each week. There I take the Sacrament, learn about the Gospel, and learn from the testimonies and experiences of other members in my ward. On Monday nights we get together and have a "home evening" in which there is a spiritual lesson and an activity. We have a choir that sometimes sings during the church services of which I am part. Each month my friend and I make visits to other members of the ward in their home, something we call hometeaching. I always enjoy these visits and have made some amazing friends through hometeaching. Another way I live my faith is by listening and studying the words of the Lord as revealed through His prophets both ancient and modern. I love reading the scriptures! I have found answers to my prayers through my study of them.