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Hi I'm Christopher

I'm a Mormon. I am a retired businessman from Washington State. My favorite church calling was helping people in the Philippines.

About Me

I was an officer in the Air Force. I am a licensed commercial pilot and a certified public accountant. For most of my career I was head of my own company. My wife and I served a mission in the Philippines. Currently we travel all over the world where I photograph wildlife and landscapes and exhibit my pictures in galleries.

Why I am a Mormon

Many (very many) years ago I was a young missionary in the United States. It was then that I began seeing the change that the gospel makes in peoples' lives. Indeed, I can attest that people have come up to me and asked "What have you done to my sister or brother or aunt? They are so different since they have joined your church. They used to have all these problems, but now they are happy, productive, and successful. I want to know more about this." I can also say that I am very thankful for what the church has done for me. When floods damaged my home and I was sick, church members came and cleaned up my yard and house, hauling many truckloads of silt away. Whenever I have needed comfort -- sometimes not even knowing I needed it -- then I would be comforted, often visited by other members of the church at just the right moment. They didn't know I was having problems; they just felt that they needed to come over and talk. That is what it is like.

How I live my faith

I have served many callings, including bishoprics, temple worker, and organizational presidencies. I have helped train literally thousands of Boy Scout leaders. Many of Scouts, both in and out of the church, earned their Eagle rank. I counseled their merit badges in swimming, aviation, bicycling, and photography. In the temple, I do vital work for the salvation of the dead. I have often felt their thanks as I do this. In the mission field I have assisted mission presidents in training local church leaders, rescued people from disasters, helped missionaries open new areas, helped to build new chapels and other church buildings, helped bring clean water to people who didn't have it, taught health classes, worked with government officials to help them prepare for disasters, and helped people in any way that I could. Although we are now retired and my health is not what it was, we still what we can, including visiting our assigned families, keeping our ward history, and corresponding with old friends.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Christopher
I think the best answer is that, like Christ, we "go about doing good." It is the essence of our being, our reason for living. I think we would be very unhappy if we could not do that. Someone once accused me of being "congenitally helpful." It makes me smile to think that. I think of our 13th Article of Faith: "13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." That, to me, is true joy. Show more Show less