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Hi I'm Christopher

I went to an all-boy Catholic high school. I deckhanded in NYC. I manage litigation for a fortune 100 company. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My dad was a gunnery officer in the 50’s when 2 missionaries knocked on his door. My mom invited them in, changing our family’s course. My parents raised 5 kids in a Christ-centered home. Later they and all 3 of their sons served missions, continuing this missionary legacy. While I was in high school, we moved to New Orleans where I went to an all-boy Catholic high school. As the only Mormon, my faith was challenged and tested. I went from that environment to BYU, where I was 1 of the 99%. At BYU I challenged and tested my own faith and was converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I served a mission in Orange County California. Upon my return, I put myself through school working as a deckhand in New York City, where I was exposed to everything. My faith was challenged, tested, and I came out stronger than I went in. After graduation, I went to a top law school, and joined one of the top 20 firms in the country. Shortly thereafter I received a political appointment from “Bush 41." I was invited by Clinton to stay, and did. Before the end of his first term, I joined another tier-one firm, where I remained until I was recruited in-house by a Fortune 100 company, where I now direct and manage their litigation. I married my college sweetheart and together we had four children. My eldest daughter is a missionary in Peru. My next two, a son and daughter, attend BYU. My fourth, a son, is in middle school. I am now a Mormon Bishop in Orange County.

Why I am a Mormon

At my Catholic High School, I went to confession twice a year, weekly mass, and religion class twice a week. I took my “Mormon” scriptures. My teacher assigned us to draw a picture of God. My mates drew hearts to represent love and clouds to represent the incomprehensible. Some turned in blank pages to make their point. Many struggled. I went right to work and finished quickly, providing a caption that read: “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit.” The teacher asked who would share their drawing. I was the only one to raise my hand. My teacher, who had put up with me and my “Mormon” scriptures for years asked if anyone else wanted to share. None did. He reluctantly called on me. I testified to my classmates that it was self-evident from the scriptures that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three separate and divine beings. I provided scriptural evidence. My teacher dismissed the class early. I would liked to have him what Jesus meant when He declared: (1) “this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent;” (2) “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do;” and (3) “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” If the idea of an embodied God was so repugnant to him, why are the central and distinguishing characteristics of Christianity the Incarnation, Atonement, and Resurrection of Christ? I believe that we have a Savior who can and will save us. I believe He stands at the door knocking, waiting for us to become willing partakers in His redemptive love. I believe His personal promise to me that He will save me if I will repent and return to Him with full purpose of heart. I believe His promise to me that His Grace is sufficient for me. I believe in the New Testament Christ, and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am a busy attorney managing an office of trial attorneys, and, occasionally, I have a jury trial. Typically, I work five and half days a week. I am also a father of four busy, valiant, kids. In addition, my wife, who makes goodness look easy, keeps me busy. On top of that, I am the Bishop of a Mormon congregation; it keeps me busy on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, and from early Sunday morning until about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday nights, and often later. In my capacity as a Mormon Bishop, I work closely with the youth, going on campouts and other outings. I oversee the various auxiliaries, the missionary efforts, and I counsel with members of my congregation who struggle with sin, sorrow, troubled marriages, and addictions of every kind. Nothing in my professional training qualified me to serve as a Bishop. And so, after I was asked by local Rabbi where I went to Divinity School, and responded that I hadn't, he asked me how I became a Bishop? I thought, remembered, and answered that I had been preparing to be a Bishop since I was 12. At 12, I began passing, then preparing, then blessing the sacrament, and visiting 2 to 3 families a month with my father to watch after their temporal and spiritual welfare. At 20, I went on a full-time mission, where I learned to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people in high and low stations, and I was a leader of other missionaries, until I returned at 22. Thereafter, I served in the auxiliaries of the Church, looking after and tending to the temporal and spiritual welfare of a subset of the congregation. That's how I became a Bishop. I have learned that whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies. This gives me hope looking beyond my own inadequacies. I know that when I am on the Lord’s errand, He is with me, He strengthen me, and He builds and expands my capacities. I have felt his lifting Spirit. Relying on Him, I live my faith by serving my employer, my family, and fellow members of the body of Christ.