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Hi I'm Chris

I grew up in Minnesota. I love computers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love technology, Apple and my wife. I currently work with Apple as a Service Manager and I love every minute of it.

Why I am a Mormon

After meeting with the Missionaries, I prayed and pondered regarding the decision to join the Church. Independently, I studied and I received the answer that the right decision was to join His church. I grew up in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, and I had a great time going to church growing up, but when I was a teenager, it just didn't make sense to me anymore. The church we went to didn't really center on Christ, it centered on the stories in the Bible. I stopped going to church for a few years when I moved out on my own, and when I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my life was changed forever. It just made sense to me. The Book of Mormon has changed my life. I know that the atonement of Jesus Christ paved the way for us to live righteously.

How I live my faith

Living my faith includes being a faithful member by attending Church meetings regularly as well as attending the Temple regularly and serving in our ward. We also believe that humble, heartfelt prayer on your knees is the best way to speak with our Heavenly Father.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Chris
As the head of His Church, Jesus Christ calls and appoints the Prophet of the Church. The Prophet Joseph Smith was killed in Carthage, Illinois on June 27, 1844. After this happened, the next Prophet was Brigham Young, who lead the Saints from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Salt Lake Valley. He was sustained as the President, Prophet, Seer and Revelator of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kanesville, Iowa (now Council Bluffs, IA, near Omaha, Nebraska). Each President selects his counselors from worthy men. These men together would then form the First Presidency. These men, along with the Twelve Apostles give direction to the Church. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Chris
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. This same authority existed in the original Church that was established by Jesus Christ. This same authority exists today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the authority by which the Church is lead and directed today. All male members of the Church prepare to receive the priesthood as a young man, in order to help lead the Church and serve God's children. Men with the priesthood serve in the following ways: • Leading congregations of the Church • Blessing Infants and Baptizing & Confirming Members • Providing blessing for the sick and afflicted, as well as Father's Blessings Heavenly Father expects those who hold this sacred priesthood to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Chris
Attending Church is something every member is encouraged to do every Sunday. We meet in meetinghouses weekly for three different meetings, first, Sacrament Meeting, which is similar to most other Church services in other denominations, and we partake of the Sacrament (Communion) and sing songs and listen to members give sermon-like talks. On the other hand, Temples are sacred, and you must have a recommend to enter, which means you're living the commandments and are worthy to enter. Inside the Temple, sacred ordinances needed for eternal life are performed. Above the door of the Temple, it says "Holiness to the Lord. The House of the Lord." And it truly is the House of the Lord. I recommend any new member and any investigator to put the Temple in their sights after baptism. The Temple has made such a difference in my life. I strive to enter the Temple as often as I can. I testify of the blessings of the Temple. They are there and they are many. As long as you put the Temple in your sights! Show more Show less