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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a geeky guitarist, a student of the scriptures, a ping-pong prodigy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Music is the first thing that comes to mind - listening, discovering, playing, writing, experimenting, creating, jamming with friends. I play guitar mostly, but piano has been catching up fast! I've been learning a lot since I started serving as a missionary. Started getting into the scriptures a bit more seriously lately, and love reading the old testament. I have an epic scriptures list and I think the majority of my completed list will come from the old testament - I sure have learned a lot since I've started reading it, too. Love the footnotes. Haven't quite started college yet, but I'll probably go into law, something related to music, teaching English, computer programming/graphic design or maybe a mix of all four... it's up in the air for now. Currently a missionary, but that won't last - at least being a 24/7 missionary - for too much longer. I'm excited to get back into the real world and apply all the spiritual growth that I've gained here and help my community out - and eventually start a family, too. Nothing too fancy, and I'm okay with that. I'll work on it. Someday I'll update this section to include something like this: "Happily married with (x amount of) kids - I love forging swords in my blacksmith's shop, and making all of my own bowls in my new pottery studio thing. Still trying to master the back-flip on my motorcycle, but I'll get there - I really want this guitar I'm building to be well-made... priorities. Archery will have to wait." :)

Why I am a Mormon

I've been told a lot of reasons not to be Mormon, and I've had tons of questions about God and the church throughout my life. My decision to remain has partly come from a deep and abiding desire to follow God's commandments - even through the times that I've been angry or doubted Him. It's easy to see how much it helps others, how much it has helped my family, and how much happier I am when I stick to what's in the scriptures - Bible, Book of Mormon, everything. A big part of my decision to remain is consistent answers to all of my gospel questions - whether it be about the reality of God or the validity of the church. I've been privileged to experience some good trials lately, and overcoming them have really bolstered my faith. Our Father in Heaven truly looks down on us in love. He shows it to us in ways that sometimes we don't understand yet, but it is forever and it is a perfect love. I'm slowly learning and building faith in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the promises that the Lord makes to us in the scriptures. I'm loving the journey, and I won't ever stop fighting the good fight of the faith. Currently I feel like I'm at the top of my faith right now - despite all the trials and challenges that comes with being a missionary, I'm really working hard to stick to what's right. At the surface, one might wonder how any missionary can smile throughout the day. We have a non-stop schedule from 6:30 (sometimes earlier) till 10:30 - studying, knocking, biking, knocking, teaching, planning, meetings, knocking, with just enough time to eat. Yet for some reason I'm the happiest I think that I've ever been in my life. That is why I am still a Mormon, and will continue to be, and will continue to help everyone learn what this is all about.

How I live my faith

I've mentioned it a lot already, but the biggest way I'm living my faith is serving as a missionary. We wake at 6:30, exercise, eat, and start studying by 8:00. We finish that at 10:00, and come back at 9:00 PM after a busy day. A lot of our time is spent teaching, finding people to teach, and working with members of the church in the area that have been struggling with church attendance. It's a great feeling to see these people start to make their way back. I also have a fun opportunity to help other missionaries, too - I get a chance to work with them, train, and help direct the work in the area. We get chances to switch with other missionaries and spend the day seeing ways that we can improve to better help others come to Christ. Before serving as a missionary, I was pretty active in the youth group at church. My calling was to set an example for all of the local youth in town, and plan activities and church meetings to take care of the social and spiritual needs of the youth. We had a chance to plan a several-day camp, and meet a couple times a month to plan for upcoming events. We had an event at a rodeo arena, a huge slip n' slide event at the local high school, and we held spiritual meetings, too. After being a full-time missionary, I look forward to a life of service of my church, community, and the Lord in everything that I do.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I've wondered the same thing before - but there is a pattern in the scriptures that is consistent with the modern day pattern of men holding the priesthood. Men in biblical record were the priesthood holders - from the ordinances in the tabernacle, to every prophet listed, to the original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. For some reason, the Lord has set it that way. I still don't totally understand why, but that helps. Women have a comparable level of responsibility in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints today - the first thing that comes to mind is a church-wide organization that is over the world similar to as the First Presidency is - the Relief Society. There is responsibility and leadership for both genders - just different roles. Show more Show less