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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a husband, a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently studying Linguistics and History at university, with a view to moving into further research or speech and language therapy. I work in retail optics part-time in order to support myself and and my wife, who is also a student. In my spare time I enjoy computer gaming, model building and reading, especially things of a sci-fi nature. I have been married for nearly three years now, and I couldn't be happier.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were both members of the Church, and as such I was raised learning about the teachings of the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, there came a point in my teenage years where I had to decide what I really wanted. I didn't yet know for myself the truthfulness of the Gospel, and I rationalised that I could still be a good person without going to Church or living all the standards. But I had to know whether or not it was true before I did. I prayed about it many times, but received no witness either way. I don't remember how long I felt this way, probably a number of months, but I remember that the point where I received my answer was when I actually felt ready to commit myself to the Gospel and to the Saviour if He would just let me know it was true. It was at that point, when I was ready to act, that I had a spiritual confirmation of the truth. Looking back now I realise that there had been many occasions where I had felt the influence of the Spirit in my life, but I had just failed to realise it. Since then my testimony has grown stronger and stronger, especially during the two years I spent as a missionary helping others come to the same realisation of the truth as me.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the counsellor (or assistant) to the Bishop of my ward. I help oversee the youth programme, including teaching a lesson at least one Sunday a month, and also the missionary efforts of the ward. I am also responsible for organising the main meeting on Sunday, including assigning speakers to address the congregation and making sure hymns and music are prepared. I also attend meetings, usually one a week, where leaders of the ward gather to discuss the needs of the members in our area. I also serve as a home teacher, where I and an assigned companion visit three families on a monthly basis to share with them a gospel message in their home, and help make sure they are okay. Outside of Church I make time to study the Gospel on a daily basis. This ranges from reading the scriptures to reading the Church's monthly magazine, studying for upcoming Sunday School lessons and reading the talks given by Church leaders at our semi-annual conferences. This allows me to increase my own knowledge and strengthen my testimony. When necessary, I also take the time to prepare a lesson or talk for an upcoming Sunday. Giving talks and teaching lessons is great way for me to learn, as I prepare to teach others about the Gospel. I spent two years serving as a missionary of the Church in Russia. This was initially very difficult, due to my lack of ability in Russian and the shock of living in a different culture, but as I began to teach and testify of Jesus Christ every day I found joy in serving the people of Russia. In everyday life I strive to live by the standards set by the Church, which tends to set my behaviour apart from those around me in the things I do and don't do. Mine is not a 'Sunday only' religion, but one which guides me in my everyday life.