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Hi I'm Chris

I live in Arizona and love the desert. That makes it a bit hard to pursue one of my favorite hobbies, scuba diving.

About Me

I am a pretty average guy. I was born in Kansas City, Missouri as an Air Force brat. My famiily ended up settling in Phoenix, Arizona where I grew up. I love Arizona and the diversity and beauty it has for the people here. You can easily travel to the desert, forest, lakes and the ocean within a few hours. I have eight children, four from my first marriage and four step-kids. They have been a true blessing to me and have helped me re-evaluate my own personal strengths and weakensses, and have caused me to sharpen and hone myself. I am very grateful for that. Plus they are a lot of fun! We love to hang out together, and we try to scuba dive together whenever we can. I love to go diving, and enjoy watching baseball. I also enjoy music and can sing. I just wish I could play the piano! I love to hear people play beautiful music. While I follow politics and try to educate myself on important issues, I get discouraged by the name-calling and fighting, so I am not as active in that area as most people. I am greatly blessed to have a supportive and understanding wife. She helps me to be the best I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the only member of the church in my birth family. Neither of my parents nor my sisters are members of the Church. I originally came to know the Church by being involvedin Boy Scouts. I was able to develop personal strengths and leadership skills there. Then I began to see that there was a great sense of purpose in the spiritual side of the Mormons. I could feel it when I was around them, then that feeling would go away when I left those meetings. I then was given my own copy of the Book of Mormon. When I read it I began to feel that deep sense of its purpose and truth. I am grateful for that knowledge and for the love of my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I am serving the Ward congregation as the choir director. I have learned so much, but I get really nervous every time we sing in church! Sometimes I just feel like throwing up and can't eat breakfast on the Sundays we are going to sing. But, when that heavenly music is played and sung I am bouyed up by it, edified, and strengthened. I am grateful for those that help me show my love for my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ through song. I also serve others by teaching scuba. I have seen many awkward youth find new confidence and skill through this sport. I have also seen great bonding of families through this activity; fathers and sons become closer, brothers and sisters are unified, spouses support one another, and friendships are concreted.