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Hi I'm Chase

I am a husband and father, a law student, a lover of pop culture, and a professional photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated with a degree in sociology and am currently in law school. I am the husband to the most wonderful wife, and we just had our first baby, a little girl who has changed our lives forever. I have been a professional photography for a number of years, doing primarily print ads for fashion and bridal lines. I find solace and perspective behind the lens, and am an advocate for the arts and arts education. I participated in the Model United Nations program at my university where I actively sought to understand and address global concerns. I believe in international diplomacy, and try to stay up to date on current events. I absolutely love pop-culture. From top 40 hits to the Emmy award-winning television shows, I appreciate pop culture.

Why I am a Mormon

Some things in life you just know. You can't easily detect their origin, neither can you remember their conception. Perhaps they just seem so intricately woven into our lives that we cannot discern them from our being. For me, this is how I understand my belief in the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am not a person who participates in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but rather this church is at the very essence of my being. Why is this faith at my core? It is simply because I am closest to my Savior by following the teachings of this Church. I find greater peace in this life, hope for the future, understanding of the past, and forgiveness for my present as I earnestly seek to live a life of faith and works. I have come to more fully realize my eternal relationship with my Father in Heaven, and his Son, Jesus Christ. As I have read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and all of God's words, I have grown to love and know my Savior more fully. Through the Savior's modern prophets and apostles, I have learned to navigate the dangerous waters of modern life. Additionally, I am very much a family man. I grew up with a twin sister, two brothers, and with loving parents. They are some of my best friends. When I married my wife, I knew that I had found my best friend. She is someone who, without her, the world, and my life, would be significantly less beautiful, for she is the epitome of beauty. When our little girl was born, it was love at first sight. I wondered how could anyone be so perfect. It makes perfect sense to me that these people who I love more than I ever imagined, are people who a loving God would enable me to spend eternity with. Through Joseph Smith, a prophet like Moses, Noah, and Abraham, the Lord once again gave power to the Earth such that families can be bound, by proper priesthood authority, for eternity. This beautiful principle makes life, and all of it's frailties, much clearer, hopeful, and wonderful.

How I live my faith

Going to Church each week with a newborn can be difficult; however, the friendship and community that embraces us each week is greatly fulfilling. My wife and I have the opportunity of teaching fourteen and fifteen year olds about the New Testament each Sunday. As we share the stories of Jesus' birth and His mortal ministry, we are always taken back by the depth of understanding these teenagers have. Their faith continually strengthens ours. Additionally, once a month we visit and are visited by a member of our Church that lives in our community. When we had our baby, we had just moved to Arizona and didn't know that many people. After going to Church one Sunday, we were visited by women who had prepared dinners for us, brought over blankets and clothes for our baby, and offered to watch our baby so we could catch up on much needed sleep. Despite having families miles and miles away, we felt at home, as members of the Church extended a loving hand to us in our time of need.