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Hi I'm Christopher

I grew up in Arizona. I am a physician, an avid wakeboarder, a tenor, a lucky husband and a father of 5. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a family that has been in the LDS Church for generations. I am grateful for this heritage as it has largely shaped my life. I served a full-time LDS mission stateside and learned Spanish. I returned to finish my schooling and chose optometry as a profession. I love spending time with my wife and children. As a couple we enjoy singing in choirs. As a family we love boating, doing yard work (at least the parents do), and helping with kids school activities and sports. I try to fight off the advancing years-with limited success- by running, lifting weights, and wakeboarding.

Why I am a Mormon

As I said, I was born into a family that was converted to Mormonism generations ago. I attended church with them every Sunday from a very young age. It all seemed to make sense to me and feel right. However, as I have grown into an adult, I have had to ask myself the hard questions about what I believe and why. After all, you can only live off of another's conviction for so long. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon many times and have prayed to know that it is true. Heavenly Father has answered my prayers through the Holy Ghost that it is a true witness of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon along with the Bible and other scriptures teach me of Jesus Christ and what I must do to be forgiven of my sins and return to Him. I am also a Mormon because I firmly believe that we still have prophets on the earth today. As a father I am grateful to know that I can be sealed to my family forever in the temple, and that I have the church to help me teach my children.

How I live my faith

I have spent many years as a teacher of youth in my local congregations including working as a Boy Scout (BSA) volunteer. I have also served in the Bishopric (or leadership) of my local congregation. Our family has seen the blessings that come from service. My wife and I sing in church choirs as well as a community choral organization. I mainly try to live my faith by honoring my marriage and by being a good father. I strive to be a good, fair employer, and provide good service to the community.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

It is important to understand that we believe that we can only be "saved" through the grace of Jesus Christ. None of us would ever claim to have power to "save ourselves" through our own works. We are all sinners and require the grace of Jesus Christ to overcome sins, disappointments, heart-aches, and the other challenges that we face in this life. The appropriate question is, "how do we qualify for the grace of Jesus Christ?" We firmly believe what the scriptures teach that all will be resurrected through the grace of Jesus Christ and will live beyond this life. This is a free gift to all of God's children, life will continue beyond the grave. However, we also firmly believe that to receive the highest degree of peace in this life, and to receive a fullness of God's intended blessings in the next life (eternal life as families), we must obey God's commandments, enter into sacred promises with Him (such as baptism), and repent of our sins. As we have a sincere desire to serve God, and as we do all within our power to keep His commandments, we will fully qualify for His grace, and will receive full benefits of His sacrifice for us. Show more Show less