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Hi I'm Chris

Hi, my name is Chris. I'm a student, I'm an athlete, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm currently student at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I'm studying finance and enjoy the study of businesses, how they operate and what makes them profitable. I enjoy school but I'm really passionate about sports and outdoor recreation. I played and love soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, and my favorite of all sports lacrosse. Outside of organized sports I live for the seasons...in the summer I run marathons, compete in triathlons, century bike rides, rock climb, scuba dive, wakeboard, hike, camp, etc...and in the winter I snowshoe, ski, and snowboard. I enjoy being active and I am always brought to reflect on how amazing the creation of life and this world is. My body and all that it's capable of, how the world in all its states provides life and entertainment, and how much love our Heavenly Father has for us to allow us to be a part of it and know Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I want to be. I want to be a Mormon because of the amazing gifts that I have received in my life and as such try to in some way express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I know that they have and will have done more for me than I can ever return to them. However, if by offering my will and agency in trying to become a better person every day I can help another one of God's children then it is worth it. At a few different points in my life I have been brought to reflect on what I really believe and know to be true. I served an LDS mission serving for two years to help people in the community have stronger family relationships, overcome addiction, become who they want to become, and draw closer to their Savior Jesus Christ. About five months before I would finish my mission I received a phone call informing me that my mother had tragically passed away. I can still vividly remember that day and in that moment my world felt like it was crashing. At first I just wanted to run until I was gone and could run no more. Yet, I knew that running away wouldn't fix anything and the pain would still be there. My next emotion was to serve, to serve those around me who didn't have what I had. I knew where I came from, why I was and am on earth, and where I'm going. My mother had passed from this life but she was and is in a better life waiting for us to be reunited after we pass on. As I served in the community helping others through bringing them unto Christ I found that my pains were lifted. I felt the love of the Savior from Matthew 11:28-30 as he lifted my burdens, made them light, and gave me rest. From that experience and others where I have felt a greater love, than man can offer, from my Heavenly Father and my Savior I have been constantly reminded why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith to the best I can knowing that each day is one more day and that if I live today doing what God asks, tomorrow will be a little bit easier. As I live the way God asks me to live I feel His love and blessings in my life. My biggest fear is failure, failure to be who I'm asked to be, who I'm capable of being, providing for my family, and amounting to something that the Lord and I can be proud of. I have found that through living the gospel, keeping the commandments, and daily nourishment from scriptures and prophets that I can amount to something I'm proud of and that the Lord is proud of. The gospel helps me become who I am capable of becoming. Some of the simple ways I get to serve and become better are through home teaching, serving in my calling, and participating in the ward. Home teaching isn't about the home teacher it's about serving our fellow brothers and sisters in the world. I feel that I learn more from those I serve when I am truly serving for the right reasons then they learn from me. My calling, which is in the Sunday School presidency, helps me study the doctrine and become better able to share what I've learned in a way others can understand it. As I teach and share the gospel it strengthens my testimony solidifying my faith. Finally, as I participate in the ward with activities and make friends I am strengthened by those around me who are faithfully following the example of Jesus Christ, by trying to serve and love those around them, even when their lives are hard and their burdens seem heavy. Their examples show me that I can also overcome my trials and become better every day.