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Hi I'm Chris

I grew up around Denver, Colorado. I've been a soldier for almost 18 years. Now I'm a lawyer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Aurora, Colorado and had a lot of Mormon friends. I joined the Army after I graduated from Gateway high school. I joined the church when I was 24. Then I went to BYU where I met my wife. I deployed several times to Afghanistan, had three wonderful children and went to law school. I am now a father of three wonderful children and a Family Law attorney here in Castle Rock.

Why I am a Mormon

I had lots of Mormon friends growing up but I was never very religious. As I left home and moved around in the Army, I always seemed to meet and make friends with Mormons. When I finally was transferred to where I had no Mormon friends, I decided to find out more about the LDS church. I eventually met with the missionaries and began reading the Book of Mormon. As I investigated the church and my relationship with Heavenly Father I came to know that he had led me to this His word and His church. I was baptized in 1999 and it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. My life (much like me) is not perfect, but accepting the Lord into my life has opened the door to blessings far greater than I could ever have imagined. The Lord has not made life easy, but He has always been there with me through thick and thin and my life is so much richer for it.

How I live my faith

I have just been called as the Ward Financial Clerk. That (like all my callings previously) is something very new to me. I have never worked on the administrative side of things before and it is fascinating to see how carefully organized and managed the church can be. Previously I have been a Webelos den leader, Young Men's teacher, Elders' Quorum Teacher, and EQ Counselor. Each of those has been a new learning experience that has helped me to grow personally and serve others. I enjoy being a home teacher and getting to know other members of the Ward and taking opportunities to serve them. One of the great blessings of being a member of the church is the opportunity to serve and learn. It can be a tremendous sacrifice of time and difficult, but it is worth it.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Chris
The church does not endorse any political parties. Though most church members are socially conservative on most issues, that does not mean that they all agree on other issues. Most church members find themselves politically aligned with the republican party (partly because they espouse socially conservative values), but there are still many that find themselves more politically sympathetic to the democratic party. A recent 1st Counselor in the church presidency was also the head of the Utah Democratic party at one time (not simultaneously). Though the republican presidential field has two Mormons in it and Glen Beck is a Mormon on the conservative side, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is also a Mormon. So there is no sure political affiliation for church members, and the church certainly does not encourage members to vote with one particular political party. Occasionally, the church will encourage members to vote on issue specific measures, but this is pretty rare. The last such incident was with Proposition 8 in California. This not a political issue as much as a social one. Show more Show less