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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a college student, a chemist, a soccer referee, and a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I grew up as the oldest child in Iowa with my parents, sister, and brother (who are twins). They taught me almost all that they know, and I've learned so much from them over the years. I am a convert of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the only one in my family, but having this new perspective has only made me love and understand them more. I joined the Church in September 2013 after many months of studying the Church and the Book of Mormon and its teachings on my own. Right now, I'm a college student at UNC studying biochemistry, stuck in the depths of studying and lab work, and it's probably one of the best decisions I've made. I referee local high school soccer to earn some money and enjoy distance running, much like my father, the Ironman of the family. I relieve my stress by singing in the UNC Choir and studying the Gospel, both things I highly recommend to others!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of love. Love I felt from the Holy Ghost in my worst moments, love from my Heavenly Father when I prayed, and the pure love of Christ when I needed to be forgiven of my sins. I have felt this love through friends, through family, and through this Church. My story begins with a friend of mine, when we were both freshmen in high school. I wasn't religious by any means at this age but had plenty of Mormon friends. This friend felt prompted to invite me to their daily morning classes about their faith (called Seminary), and while there, I received a copy of the Book of Mormon and we marked all of the verses that they were to try to memorize for the year. It was a pleasant experience, but the Book ended up on my bookshelf for a long while. Later on in high school, I slipped farther and farther away from religion, even going to the extent to reject it as a whole. But at one point, another friend who had an ailing grandparent asked me to pray for them. I liked this person, they were sincere, so I did, and I'm still not sure why. While I was praying, I felt something I can't explain. But because of who I thought I was, I quickly rejected it as divine help and resumed my life without God. This continued until my senior year of high school when my life, my morals, and my choices began to degrade. I did things I knew I was above but let myself do them because I 'enjoyed' them. But God had a different plan. I was writing for a class after we had studied several Creation stories and was contemplating the usefulness of religion and belief in a deity. And there I received my witness of God the Father and the Holy Ghost. I was overcome with something with enough power to reduce me to tears, and in that moment, I understood God and His love, and I knew that this was why my Mormon friends had a light above all others in their life. So I went to my bookshelf, found my Book of Mormon, and my life changed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by surrounding myself with goodness. I surround it with knowledge, with faith, and with friends. I do my best to take in that goodness and radiate it back out, to "be a light in this ever-darkening world," to have happiness and find joy in all people and things. I don't know if it's helped influence other people, but I enjoy it enough on its own to do it regardless. Currently, I conduct music during our church services which I find rather enjoyable despite my far reach from perfection. Rumor has it that this might change soon though, I'm always excited to see what comes next.