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Hi I'm Chris

Everything I know of happiness and meaning in my life has a foundation in my Church and my family, and I'm a Mormon. I love Jesus!

About Me

I faint at the sight of blood or needles, but I work in research at a hospital. Go figure! Well, my wife's life has been saved several times by medical science, by inspired doctors, and by the grace of God. I felt strongly I needed to give back by supporting medicine in other ways. I have 3 children, am still married to my first wife, who is my best friend. I am shy, but love to be the guy who makes the snarky comments that makes everyone laugh. My grandson will be 7 soon, and can do no wrong. My love of playing tennis (you know, the 1-on-1 sport) was cut short by bursitis. I am a fiction reader and love the movies. I can fix most anything I come across, but still don't know why manufacturers put extra parts in their products, because I always have leftover stuff after my repairs!

Why I am a Mormon

As an atheist while growing up, I felt that organized religion was for those too weak to face reality. I felt an emptiness in my soul that I could not fill with sports, friends, activities, events or hobbies. - A brother of my girlfriend challenged me to read the Book of Mormon. After many months of putting her off, I started to read. Skepticism was my middle name as I was reading. When I read Alma 32:21, it told of how people could grow a faith, or a testimony, of Jesus Christ. It says: "Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." That was it! I didn't need a miracle after all. I could have a hope, not make a commitment! -Alma 32: 27 saved me. It gave me a way to NOT commit (yet) to the Church, but to just take a small baby step: "Even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge. But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment on my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe; let this desire work in you.. Now if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed.. it will will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves-It must needs be that this is a good seed.. for it beginneth to enlarge my soul.. Yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." I decided to risk a particle of faith; a desire to believe. - Later, when I prayed and asked God if he was real and if he had a son named Jesus Christ, my heart was filled with light and life and love and my prayer was answered. Between one heartbeat and the next, my life changed 180 degrees. The Holy Ghost bore witness to me that there is a Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and my Savior, and that His Church has been restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

I love the phone calls during work or late at night, when I am asked to serve someone who needs a visit, to make a run to the hospital, or being asked to pray with someone or give a blessing. It is such an honor to serve those around me and, perhaps, to lift heavy hands or hearts. To bring a message of hope and love to those whose lives are so hard is both a blessing to me and to them. I love the Church and my Savior, and I am filled with light when I can bring about one of those rare moments in life: To help bring about a "win-win" situation. They are blessed, but I am also blessed more because I feel the Spirit of the Lord, and know that I am doing my best to follow Jesus' example of service.