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Hi I'm Christian T. Svedin

I was the math nerd in high school, but I also love woodcarving, backpacking, and teaching youth. I am a Mormon!

About Me

All through my school years math classes were my favorite classes. So when I graduated I found a job in the insurance industry as an actuary. Being an actuary has given me an opportunity to see different parts of the United States, having had jobs in Portland, Oregon, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Lafayette, Indiana, and in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a young child a man came to our school with a display of wooden chains he had carved. I was fascinated by a the idea of creating a movable, flexible object from a solid piece of wood. As an adult I finally decided to try it myself and discovered I really enjoyed creating things. I have been carving now for more than 30 years, though I don't find as much time to do it as I would like. I also have a great love of the outdoors. I have been a scoutmaster several times and have taken young men on scores of camping trips. These trips have ranged from simple overnight camps to week long backpacking trips in wilderness locations. I have a lot found memories of working with young men who will be forever 12 to 14 years old in my memory, though some of them are now approaching 50 years of age. I still enjoy being associated with youth, though I don't backpack as often as I used to.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ is found therein. Through the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have come to know that Heavenly Father is truly my Father and I am truly one of His children. I have learned that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and was chosen for this all important role from the very foundation of the world. I have learned that Jesus Christ lives today as a actual being and that He has a knowledge of me as an individual. More importantly, Jesus has a great love for me as an individual, just as he does for all mankind. I am a Mormon because I have learned of my great legacy as a child of God. I am a Mormon because I have learned of my unlimited potential as a son of God, and as a son, then an heir of God, along with all of God's faithful children. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has witnessed the truth of these things to me

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ has instructed all of us that the first great commandment is to love God with all of our heart and soul. The second great commandment, much like the first, is to love our neighbor as our self. This has been my goal in life and certainly my goal in how I live my faith. I want Heavenly Father to be able to count on me as a willing and capable servant, so I have always accepted every assignment, and tried to fulfill that assignment, to the best of my ability, whether it was helping in the nursery, teaching, or serving as a Bishop. I also have made it my goal to view every person as a friend and treat them as such. I want everyone to feel comfortable and happy in their interactions with me.