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Hi I'm Chris Palmer

At 17 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I'm now an entrepreneur and an Aviator. I live in Homer, Alaska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At a very young age I wanted to be a pilot. I finally caught on to this dream in high school and did all I could to pursue it as my future professional career. Around the time I was beginning classes for my piloting career, I was having headaches and chest pains so I had a full workup done by my family doctor. He saw some warning signs and asked me to get an MRI. The MRI came back with 'legions' on my brain. After various tests, it was confirmed that at the age of 17 I had multiple sclerosis. This didn't deter me from having a positive attitude about life, and moving forward with my dreams and aspirations, the biggest one being becoming a pilot. When going through the process of getting my required medical certificate, I was told by several doctors "you will never be a pilot with MS". Devastated, in tears, and feeling defeated, I decided I didn't have to take "no" as a final answer. I called around until someone would hear my case. Once they did, and found me in great health, my papers were submitted to the FAA for special approval. Months went by, but eventually I was allowed to fly. Having now had hundreds of hours of flight time behind me all over the USA, I now run an online flight training business teaching future pilots how to fly with video courses.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life I've become increasingly concerned and even stressed about the chaotic world around me. The constant fighting, wars, politics, road rage, murder rate, and divorce rate simple don't make sense to me. Although I was raised a Mormon, I've had to find my way in that chaotic world. Through experiences where the spirit has strengthened my testimony and showed the truth to me, I know that it is only through Him, my Savior and Redeemer, that I can find my way along the rocky path that is life. I also desire greatly to one day be a father and honorable husband. I cannot imagine trying to do such things without the guidance of my Savior. It's simply a task that is too large for this humble man. I have a testimony that regardless of my past Jesus Christ has atoned for my sins. He has guided me when everything seemed lost, and has been the only sure foundation upon which I have been able to stand. His Atonement is all-inclusive- all get to participate. I also have a testimony that He knows me personally and is continually guiding me so long as I seek Him.

How I live my faith

In Alaska, there is a great shortage of full time priesthood holders able to do work at our Ward. Therefore, I have four callings currently. I've been working with the Young Men as the secretary in that presidency. I'm also our ward's Young Single Adult male representative. In this calling I organize activities for kids my age, 18-30, and also make sure their needs are met through fellowship. With my large range of technological experience, I'm also the ward Assistant Audio/Visual Specialist. Here in Alaska our Stake is so huge that we actually broadcast Stake Conference over the internet, in addition to other meetings. I assist in setting up the projector when needed, and anything else the ward needs along those lines. My most time intensive calling, and the one that has blessed me the most, is that of Executive Secretary. In this position I meet with the Bishopric twice a week to discuss the business of the ward, I make appointments for the Bishop and counselors if needed, and I also assist in any communication or projects the Bishop requires. This last calling has taught me a great deal of organization through keeping the meetings and appointments together. It has also taught me a great deal about follow up and teamwork. Through this calling I have also learned that the Lord truly does call us to positions we need to be in, not only for the benefit of others, but for our own benefit as well.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Chris Palmer
Many say, especially in these intense political times, that Mormonism (or better put, our faith that follows the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ) is a cult. Their definition comes from the fact that the church, in their eyes, was founded by a man rather than a divine being. In this case they are referring to Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith had God the Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ, appear to him as he knelt in prayer, asking which of many faiths of that time to believe. Joseph Smith, just like every other prophet in the scriptures, received his visions and revelations through Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He is no different than any other prophet, from Moses to Mosiah, or Issiah to Issac. Christs true church was restored by the Lord Jesus Christ through his messenger and servant Joseph Smith. Show more Show less