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Hi I'm Christopher Gunnell

I love my family. Snowboarding is my stress reliever. I'm serving the Lord while loving every second of it and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I'm serving as a full-time missionary in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission. The one choice of serving a mission has left me with only blessings from my Heavenly Father. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. Peoples' lives have changed right before my eyes as the message we bear as representatives of Jesus Christ transforms them. Sacrifice was needed on my part to be able to come out. School, family, college, girls, hobbies, money... The list could keep going, but I know the Lord provides as we sacrifice the things we want for the things HE wants. The monetary things don't measure to the spiritual things. I have learned to appreciate my family and what they have taught me. Family is a true blessing given to us on this earth by God. Family does not only consist of blood relatives either. Spiritually we are all brothers and sisters. We are all family. As soon as winter hits, gliding on a board in snow was what I did. Not all of Arizona is desert! The feeling that comes when snowboarding is indescribable. That is one thing that will never get old. My mom, dad, siblings, and loved ones mean the world to me. Without them I would be nowhere.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a member of the Church when I was 8 years old. I can still recall the feelings that were felt at my baptism. The authority given to this restored church from God is called the Priesthood and makes this baptism different from all baptisms in various other churches. As I grew up my parents would have family prayer and scripture study with us regularly. It helped me realize the good that came from the scriptures and how God is constantly listening to us pray. It wasn't until I came out on my mission that my conversion began taking place. One who holds the priesthood has specific responsibilities they need to fulfill. With great power comes great responsibility. One of those involves a mission. Ultimately the young man decides whether or not he goes. I knew it was what my Father in heaven needed me to do and I needed to set an example for my younger siblings. Now WAM! I'm a little over a year into my mission already. The time aspect of things is unreal. The impact of my decision to serve came from the heroes in my life: My parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, leaders in the church who took their precious time to counsel me through difficult times. I will forever be grateful for the great examples in my life!

How I live my faith

Before my current calling I served as a primary teacher to the 7-8 year old's! They were amazing kids and I miss them. Being a missionary is the best calling I have ever had. I get the opportunity to not only change my life for the better, but to change others' lives. "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 2:17 I know that this is Christ's church here upon the earth again. There needed to be a restoration of all things and that is why Joseph Smith was called by God to do just that. We do not worship Joseph Smith, but we do recognize him as one of the Lord's chosen prophets such as Moses, Noah, Isaiah, or Abraham. We have one of them on the earth today whose name is Thomas S. Monson along with 12 Apostles of the Lamb. They are true witnesses of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. It is through Jesus Christ that we are able to return with Heavenly Father. The Book of Mormon testifies of that exact doctrine and I encourage everyone everywhere to read this book. It is a divine gift from God that we have it at this time. A true "...great and marvelous work..." After my mission I look forward to the calling of becoming a husband to a beautiful wife and father to special spirits sent by God. As we put the Lord first, He will provide for us.