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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a retired Army Colonel. I'm a husband and father. I grew up in Virginia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an American Soldier. I have always wanted to be an Army Officer. My greatest success in life has been to command thousands of Soldiers, train them, send them to war, and bring each one home safely. Sure, I know that a bit of luck was involved. But, I prefer to think that my Soldiers benefited from good training and my faith in God that He would protect them. I am a husband and father of seven children. I adore my wife and my family. I like to build furniture and cabinets and support my children in their activities. I am an Eagle Scout and have been active in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Catholic in Virginia. I had friends who were Mormons and I watched them. Not in a stalking kind of way. But, I saw what they were doing and how they acted. Between my Junior and Senior year of High School, my father lost his job at a university and got another one in Cedar City, Utah. Because football was so important to me, and because my team had done so well in the State playoffs, and because it was my Senior year, my Dad gave me the choice to move to Utah with my family or stay in Virginia. To help with my decision, he sent me on the house-hunting trip with my mother. At that time, I was very active in the Catholic Church. In fact, I still love the Catholic Church for everything it has provided to me. I had my own way of praying and was out in the middle of the Utah desert and I asked God specifically if I should stay with my family in Utah. At that very moment, a white dove took off from a nearby bush. No kidding. A white dove. In the Utah desert. I decided to move to Utah. Coincidentally, I was also trying to change my life and didn't know how. I had had a near death experience that made me focus on the good religious principles that my parents had always tried to instill in me. I wasn't evil. But, I was not living a good life. Once I moved to Utah, I realized that nobody there knew me. It was the perfect opportunity to re-engineer a new me. I looked around for a good group of friends and lo and behold, there were the Mormons. My Mormon friends did not judge me at all. I had questions about religion that I had previously posed to my Catholic teachers, nuns and priests. When they had no answer, they would tell me, "It is dogma. We must accept it on faith." When I posed some of these same questions to my Mormon friends, they had simple answers that were easy to understand. Then they told me, "Don't just believe us, you need to pray about it yourself." I got my own copy of the Book of Mormonand read it and prayed about it. I cannot deny it is true.

How I live my faith

I have learned how to communicate with my Heavenly Father. I mean the kind of full, in-your-face, wrapped-in-a-warm-blanket kind of feeling that I am really connecting with Him when I pray. I have learned how He speaks to me through the Holy Ghost. He comforts me. He encourages me. He chastises me. He guides me. He loves me. I pray regularly and study the scriptures - which includes the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I teach my children to do the same. We have family scripture study, family prayer, and family home evening. My family is my most precious possession. I desire to be with them for all eternity. But, I realize that it must be the desire of each of my children as well. I try to create a loving and safe environment at home so that they want to be with us. I have lived a fairy tale marriage for the past 30 years. I truly believe that our home is a piece of heaven on earth where none can come to hurt or make afraid. I have had a number of callings in my Church experience. Each one has stretched me and has helped me to grow. Recently, I worked with missionaries. I helped them learn how to pray, how to really "connect." I helped them learn to recognize the Holy Ghost so that they can teach these same principles to others. This is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I know that He really does live and He loves us. You, too, can have the same sweet communication with God. He loves you and wants to talk to you, too. Don't be afraid, only believe.