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Hi I'm Chris

I live in Connecticut, I worked at a grocery store, I am serving a 2 year mission for the Lord. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old, middle child, I grew up in a quiet neighborhood in Connecticut. Most of my childhood was spent riding my bike around the neighborhood with the other kids. I enjoy watching NASCAR, playing basketball, and video games. Video production was one of my favorite classes in high school, and I am hoping to do more with that in the future. Maybe I will be a doctor or a teacher, I have no idea what I want to do for a career. Right now I am serving as a missionary for the Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was around 6 or 7 years old I remember riding my bike around my neighborhood when I saw two young men (around 19 years old) walking around knocking on my neighbor's doors. At this time I had the stereotype in my head that all teenagers are up to no good. Right away I went home to play in my yard where I could be safe from those "teenagers" until I saw them coming for my house. I ran inside and told my mom what was going on. Right away my mom went outside to see what I was talking about. After a while I looked outside to see what was taking my mom so long to yell at these guys. It turned out she was talking to them, and asking them questions, and telling them what she believes a true church should have. She invited them to come back later to answer more of her questions and concerns. These "teenagers," in my mind, soon became known to me as Elders or missionaries, and they were really nice people who soon became good friends to the family. My family then started to have lessons with the missionaries and when I was 7 my mother, father, and brother were all baptized as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At that time I only went to church because I knew it would make my mother happy. I did not enjoy going to church or care to know if the church was true or not. When I was 14 the church's youth group took a trip to Palmyra, New York. Where the church was restored. While on this trip I had the chance to visit the sacred grove, where Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I felt the most overwhelming feeling of love wile I was there. It felt like someone was giving me a hug the whole time. I also got to learn about the history of the church, and all the torture and harassment that Joseph Smith and his family had to go through because Joseph said that he saw Heavenly Father. That was when I decided that he must have been telling the truth because no one would take all of that abuse if they just made it up.

How I live my faith

I am currently giving 100% of my time for the next two years to the Lord by serving as a missionary. The Lord has done so much for me to help me through so many times of my life that putting everything that I want to do on hold for 2 years is the least I can do in return for Him. I enjoy inviting others to come closer to Christ and helping people to have a close relationship with their Father in Heaven.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Chris
We believe that this is Christ's church on the earth today. Most if not all the things that we do are based on the way the Savior ran His church. When Jesus Christ walked on the earth Christ and His apostles never asked to be paid for the service that they gave, so in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we do not feel that it is appropriate for church leaders to be paid for the service that they give as well. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Chris
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we believe that baptism is an essential commandment. Christ taught that we must by baptized to "enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) We also believe that you must be baptized by someone who holds the priesthood authority of God, or it is just an act of faith and not a valid baptism. We believe that after Christ and his apostles died, the priesthood was lost from the earth for a time. When Christ's church was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith the same priesthood authority that was on the earth when Christ was on the earth was restored as well. We believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church on the earth today that has the priesthood authority of God to baptize. To follow the commandment of Christ to be baptized we baptize every new member with the priesthood authority of God. Show more Show less