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Hi I'm Chris.

I am a husband, a father, a rural doctor, and a youth coach. I love family, travel, sports, and my community; and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the proud father of 7 children and am blessed with a wonderful spouse. I am a family physician and practice in a small town in rural Colorado. I enjoy helping my patients improve their health and wellness and take satisfaction in offering relief and treatment in their illness. I enjoy knowing them as friends and sharing life with them in our small community. My family enjoys travel and we have had great experiences traveling throughout the United States and Canada. We have particularly enjoyed trips to Latin America and Europe as well. However, having several excitable children gives us plenty of excuses to explore even more favorite activities - amusement parks and adventure activities. We love the chance to ride a new roller coaster or get our adrenaline flowing on ski slopes, catching trout from mountain streams, or sitting atop a challenging climb. I love playing sports, coaching my children, and watching local school activities. I am proud of my family and find my greatest satisfactions in watching them learn and mature. My wife graces the family with musical talent and appreciation and we enjoy drama (the theater kind - I still struggle with the teenage daughter variety!) I am starting a term on the local school board and enjoy chances to help the community. We have our struggles - what family of nine doesn't? However, we work unitedly to get through challenges and enjoy being together. We have great support from our church and family. We are happy!

Why I am a Mormon

My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of my most treasured possessions. I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and I want to follow him. I believe that God still speaks to prophets today and that his church and authority have been restored, and are led by him today. I have studied Mormon doctrine in seminary, institute, and University settings. I have studied and pondered the doctrines taught by modern day prophets and apostles. I have studied the Holy Scripture - reading, pondering, and researching the Holy Bible. I have read and pondered the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants. I have studied the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The doctrine is clear; it is supported by logic, standard works, and it rings true. I have heard arguments against some Mormon teachings but have never seen those arguments both accurately reflect Mormon doctrine and demonstrate any conflict with the words of Christ or the Biblical standard. While intellectually sound, the truth is that there are more significant reasons that I am a Mormon. Jesus taught, "If any man will [live the doctrine], he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God"(John 7:17). I have lived this doctrine and enjoyed these truths and invoked them in my life. I have found peace, joy, understanding, comfort, confidence, and love. I have developed a closer relationship with my family, my spouse, my Father in Heaven, and my Savior Jesus Christ. Further, I have prayed and asked God if these doctrines were true and have had those prayers answered. I know it is of God. I am a Mormon because I know it is true. I know it brings peace, joy, and happiness. I know that though this faith, my family can be true followers of Jesus Christ and can receive all the blessings that God has prepared for his children. I am a Mormon because it is true; when I find truth, I hope I am wise enough to live it.

How I live my faith

I believe that any faith with capacity to lift and strengthen our lives will soon encompass every aspect of them. Consequently, that faith will also improve them. This is the case with my faith. My daily work manifests the values espoused by my faith. Mormons cling to the principles Christ taught regarding loving our neighbor, helping those in need, relieving suffering and administering to the sick. As a physician, I feel a specific desire to practice these principles in my daily care of my friends and patients. I am thrilled by the opportunity to help others and offer compassion and relief to those in need. As I do, I see more clearly Christ's truth, "whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25). My medical practice is enriched as I take a Christ-like approach. My faith teaches that responsibilities as a husband and parent are preeminent in life. As I make efforts to be loving and supportive, to rear my children, and to honor my wife as a cherished partner; I find peace, joy, and contentment with life. Mormons believe in being honest, chaste, loving, doing good, and seeking after virtue and goodness. I love the opportunity to foster these ideals in our community by doing good and honest business, working with scouting programs, coaching youth, and running for and serving out terms on the local school board. There is incredible peace and satisfaction in working towards good influence of my community. I serve as the leader of our local congregation bearing similar responsibilities to the local preachers or priests in our community. I am challenged to meet the full-time responsibility while maintaining my own employment. I receive no pay for my work at church, but I am greatly blessed. I develop friendships and joy. I learn more of Christ in the process. My faith leads my activities; it influences my work; it helps my family. Indeed, my faith is my life. I hope to live my life so that it accurately reflects my faith.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Chris.
I cherish my family like life itself. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and beautiful children that mean the world to me. I love my parents dearly and enjoy siblings who will always be my closest friends. Mormons know these relationships can last forever and continue in Heaven after this life. We believe that families were instituted by God and are the basic unit of God's plan for us. We believe that the family organization brings opportunity for blessings, joy, and peace in this life and throughout all eternity. When a family is bound by those authorized of God through ordinances in temples, members can be bound together forever. These family relationships need not end through divorce nor with death. When the teachings of Jesus and the transcendent position of family relationships are ingrained in our families, strength is found, happiness fostered, and joys experienced. We want these cherished relationships to endure forever and Jesus promised that they can, "whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven" (Matthew 16:19). We know that families so bound can live together eternally in Heaven. They can enjoy the same happiness together there that we have in this life. Knowledge of the truth that families can be together forever provides comfort and assurance when facing the loss of a loved one and gives guidance for our lives and for the distribution of our time and resources towards those things which will be of greatest value to our eternal souls. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Chris.
Like other Mormons, I love the Holy Bible. We study it; we feast upon the word of God found in its pages. We believe in The Bible and base our lives on its teachings. I love to read the writings of Moses, Isaiah, Solomon, and David; there is comfort, peace, and knowledge found in the writings of the prophets of the Old Testament. These men were called as prophets to lead God's people before the birth of Christ, and their writings help us better know our God. I love reading the New Testament with the Gospel of Jesus and his apostles. I am thankful that God has given us these sacred records that inspire us and bless our daily lives. I am grateful to those who have helped preserve this Holy Scripture so that I can enjoy it today. I would so miss The Bible if I was not able to study and ponder it each day. It allows me to come unto Jesus Christ and "learn of him"(Matt 11:29). The Bible contains God's word given to inspired prophets among the ancient Hebrew people. Similarly, other inspired writings were recorded that are testaments of God's word to others. The Book of Mormon contains inspired writings from God's prophets in parts of the ancient Americas. The Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price contain the word of God recorded by modern prophets. I am thrilled to study these sacred records. I have read, pondered and prayed about the truths they convey and know that they are each Holy Scripture and the word of God. My family is blessed to have them. Show more Show less