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Hi I'm Christopher Waite

I've grown up all over the States, I love music and theater, I'm an avid book reader and aspiring author, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Music is my favorite! I could spend all day playing my guitar and listening to music. I love singing in choirs and hearing beautiful melodies, harmonies, and arrangements. I also love theater. There is nothing like the thrill of going out on stage and performing your heart out. Reading and writing are also things I cannot live without. I love getting lost in a good book, or pouring my heart onto paper, creating a wonderful story.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of this church because it brings joy and hope to my life. Whenever life gets me down, whenever I feel worthless or hopeless, a simple, humble prayer, or a small verse of scripture is enough to feel God's love in my life. It is enough to give me joy and happiness and hope. This Gospel provides meaning and purpose for my life. It shows me who I am and where I can go, who I can be. It shows me that families are forever, that I will never lose the ones I love most. It shows me that death is not the end. It shows me that there is someone out there that loves and cares about me so much that He suffered, bled, and died for my sins, my pains, and that He rose again and lives and still loves me beyond comprehension! I am forever grateful and indebted to Jesus Christ. He is our Savior. And the best way that I can show my love and gratitude to Him is by following His commandments, praying, and serving others, bringing others to know the joy that I feel. I know that this church was restored through Joseph Smith by the power of God, and that The Book of Mormon is true and divinely inspired and translated. I know that the power of God is on this Earth today. He hasn't abandoned us. He never will. He loves us. And He is the source of joy and love in this world full of misery and hate. That is why I am a Mormon. I feel His love and want to live with Him in His kingdom forever. I want to share that love and joy with everyone in the world.

How I live my faith

I serve others in my school and church by example. I try to live my life in a way that I can be a light to the world. I am a ward missionary for the church, and I reach out to struggling members. I've been able to help people feel loved and welcome. I also have had the opportunity to share messages about the Gospel with others in the church: messages of hope, charity, and love. Most of all, though, living life to the fullest, and doing the things that God would have me do is how I serve others the best. I reach out and do small, simple acts of service, and that is what means the most.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Christopher Waite
It is taught in the Bible that Christ's Church is to be built on the foundation of Prophets and Apostles (Ephesians 2: 19-20), men called of God and given the proper Priesthood Authority to organize and govern the church. It is through them that we learn the will of God, and gain guidance and direction in our lives. They are God's instruments on this Earth today to help us grow closer to Christ. It is by following them and their counsel that we can know the fulness of the Gospel, and gain Eternal Life. The fact that the Apostles were to continue on and be replaced is evident in the fact that Matthias was chosen and ordained an Apostle by Jesus Christ, through his then current Apostles, to replace Judas Iscariot. When the Apostles were ultimately killed, that foundation was gone, and needed to be brought back. Christ's Church, as restored through Joseph Smith, is built upon the foundation of living Apostles on the Earth today, chosen and ordained by the Priesthood authority given by Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Christopher Waite
There is a very famous quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith, who said, "When the Lord commands, do." I know that some people find this subject of polygamy questionable, and that some people believe that we still practice polygamy. We don't. Throughout all of history, the Lord has commanded His people to practice polygamy, and they obeyed. At other times, He strictly forbade it. The reasons why the Lord gives a commandment are not always clear to us. But if we act in faith and obey, it will, in His time, be shown unto us. The simple fact is that the Lord commanded the Prophet Joseph and a few others to do so (it wasn't something the whole church practiced; only a select few that the Lord commanded). While it was extremely difficult for them, they obeyed. "When the Lord commands, do." That is the principle that they followed. And because they obeyed, the Lord blessed them. Many children were born into the Gospel and received the blessings that come in this life and in the next. When the Lord commanded His people to end the practice of polygamy, it was done away with. While many people think that Mormons still practice polygamy, we do not. If anyone is found in the church doing so, they are no longer a part of the church. Again, "When the Lord commands, do." That is the principle that all this was and is based on, and we now practice monogamy as the Lord has commanded. Show more Show less