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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Mormon, and we probably have more in common than you might think.

About Me

I am the third of eleven children. I have five brothers and five sisters. I have earned two bachelor degrees, two masters degrees, and a juris doctorate degree. I am a pilot, a scuba diver, and an amateur hunter of fossils. My wife and I have nine children and are raising two grandchildren. I teach law for a local high school and composition for a few local universities. I have been fortunate to conduct business in over fifty countries. I have been fortunate in that I have been blessed to make friends around the world. I have witnessed the goodness in people when conditions were difficult and sacrifices were called for. I have witnessed acts selflessness as ordinary people have done extraordinary acts of heroism.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was seventeen I was in a terrible car accident (we went over a six hundred foot cliff). The accident did nothing to convince me of the existence of God. The accident did show me how fleeting life can be. I decided to find out for myself if there is a God.If there is a God, I wanted to serve him and follow his commandments. If I found that there was no God, I did not want to waste any more of my life on the subject. I spent the next year in scripture study, service (putting the scriptures to the test), fasting, and prayer. After about a year of searching, I received answers to my prayers that have erased all doubt in my mind and heart as to the existence of my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. That witness has been strengthed by forty+ years of continued study, fasting, prayer, and service. I have come to know that our Heavenly Father is no respector of persons. As He answered my prayers, so He will answer the prayers of all His children who diligently seek him.

How I live my faith

In our church we each have the opportunity to serve. Currently, my wife and I are serving as the North America Southwest Area Church History Advisors. The Southwest Area includes all or part of ten states in North America. Within the area reside about one-and-a-half million members who are organized into about eighteen hundred congregations. Our duties include assisting the congregations in compiling and submitting their annual histories and conducting oral history interviews with members who have personal knowledge of the growth and development of the Church in their region. I have been richly blessed to have spent over sixteen years of my life as a full-time or part-time missionary. I enjoy sharing the good news of the Gospel with those who I meet. The message of the restored Gospel brings joy to the soul and gratitude to the heart. To live during a time when prophets and apostles again walk the Earth is a treasured blessing. I accept callings to serve in the Church because I accept the validity of the authority of those who extend the calls to serve. I believe that life was meant to be filled with beneficial acts, not as a vacation. I have found that the more I stretch myself in the service of others, the more my capacity increases and that tasks which used to seem difficult are no longer difficult. This is so not because the nature of the task has changed, but because my ability to perform the task has increased.