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Hi I'm Christian

I've lived in 9 states and 4 countries. I'm learning American Sign Language because I have a daughter who is deaf. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married father of 4 children. I really enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee and other team sports. I'm slowly learning more about do-it-yourself home improvement and am starting to have more successes than failures in that department. I like to cook and have fun teaching my children how to cook - my goal is to have each child be able to cook a full meal from scratch before they turn 10 years old. I love to travel and learn more about different people, places and cultures - I've visited many fun places around the world including the Taj Mahal, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, and the Budapest Parliament building, but would really like to visit Africa and the Middle East.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel quite blessed to have been raised in a Mormon home. My parents were very loving and diligent in teaching me gospel principles. As I've grown through the years and studied and prayed, I've received witness through the Holy Ghost that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that the Bible and Book of Mormon are the word of God. As I approached 19 years old, I started giving a lot of thought to whether I should dedicate 2 years of my life to full-time proselytizing. At the time, it seemed like a large sacrifice. I recall kneeling in prayer one night and asking the Lord to help me be sure that the Book of Mormon is a true book and that I should spend those 2 years sharing the Book of Mormon and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. I still remember the feeling of the Holy Ghost touching my heart in the middle of that prayer. It was a sweet moment that I look back to often. Although I was born into a Mormon home, I have long ago transitioned from relying on my parents belief in Jesus Christ to having my own firm testimony that Jesus is my Savior, that the Bible and Book of Mormon are true, and that He has restored the fullness of His Gospel to the earth.

How I live my faith

My faith is most evident in my home. My wife and I work to teach our children about Jesus and how we can grow closer to Him. We have daily family prayer, we read the Bible and Book of Mormon as a family, and we set aside one night a week specifically for family night where we sing songs, read scripture, talk about the Gospel of Christ, and have activities. Not long after my daughter was born, we discovered that she is profoundly deaf. Although this certainly adds a level of complexity to our life, it has also provided great opportunities to meet and interact with others in the deaf community. Since we've had to learn ASL to communicate with my daughter, we get to interpret in other venues. I regularly serve as an ASL interpreter for my daughter and other deaf children during church services. I have the opportunity to volunteer for a local Boy Scout Varsity Team. I work with several young men between the ages of 14 - 18 as they learn new skills, take advantage of leadership opportunities, and plan service in the community. We recently spent time picking up litter at local city parks, and installing a scooter lift for an elderly man in the community. Aside from my volunteer work with the Boy Scouts, I'm also assigned to watch over a few families in our congregation. I partner with another man from the congregation and we visit each of our assigned families once a month to share a gospel message. We also call or stop by other times during the month to help them out as opportunities arise. It's really fun to get to know people better and to work together to get more accomplished.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Christian
Since I was old enough to earn money, I had a regular routine of a 10/40/50 split for every dollar I earned. I would put 10% towards tithing, 40% towards saving up for my mission, and the remaining 50% I would use for my personal savings or other expenses. By the time I turned 19 and volunteered to serve a mission, I had a significant sum of money set aside for my mission. I was fortunate that my parents were able to contribute the difference between the cost of the mission and my mission savings - this enabled me to be immediately available for my mission. Show more Show less