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Hi I'm Christopher Takashima

I'm half-Japanese. I'm straight outta Salt Lake. I'm a hipster. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hello, I am Christopher! I am Japanese American. When I was younger, being half Japanese almost kind of caused an identity crisis, but now it's something I embrace. I LOVE music. I like Radiohead, Kid Cudi, Weezer, Bon Iver, NWA, etc. I was in a rock band in high school and the funnest thing ever was to play shows and go to concerts. Yes, I have gone crowd surfing before. I can kind of speak Japanese and I plan to study at BYU Hawaii when I return to America from my mission in Japan. My dream is to be a father. I have lived in Japan, Seattle, and Salt Lake. My favorite food is sushi. My ancestors include Mormon pioneers and Japanese samurai! I guess that's me.

Why I am a Mormon

Obviously, a big factor of me being Mormon is being born and raised into a Mormon family. The reason why I stay a Mormon is different. I feel so empowered as a Mormon because I know that God loves me and that I can be blessed through his priesthood which is found in this church. My faith wasn't always so strong and it came to the point where I had to know if I was a Mormon because my family is or if it is because I know it is true, so I asked God. I read the Book of Mormon and asked God if Mormonism is right. I got a straight up "Yes" from God and I have never felt so loved in my life. So, I guess that's why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith going to church and simply living a pure life. Even though I might be considered a "square" for following all these church rules, it has brought me more joy than anything! I try to be an good example. I'm not perfect, but who is?

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Christopher Takashima
How I found out that Mormonism is true is when I prayed to God and asked him it was true. Through consistent prayer, consistent scripture study, and following His commandments, I was able to know that it is true. Just ask God and He will tell you. It's THAT simple. If you don't know, just try. I dare you. It changed my life and it will change your life as well. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Christopher Takashima
No way! It's true that most Mormons are conservative or Republican, BUT, there is no church endorsement of any political parties or political agendas. I am a Democrat and a Mormon and there is no problem with that. I have friends that are conservative Mormons, libertarian Mormons, liberal Mormons, etc. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Christopher Takashima
No way! We believe that any worthy make member can hold the Priesthood. My grandfather was in charge of missionaries in a country in west Africa. He told me of the wonderful priesthood holders and members in Africa and their deep love for the Lord. The Lord loves his children of every race and color. Show more Show less