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Hi I'm Christopher

I'm a husband. I'm a programmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When it comes right down to it my life revolves around a few roles. First, I am a husband. I recently got married to the most amazing redhead in the world. Everyday is a new adventure that we get to spend together. Second, I am a programmer. I particularly enjoy projects in C++ and other high-performance languages. Whether at work or at school, I am thinking about anything from algorithmic optimizations to neural networks and genetic algorithms. I enjoy creating new worlds within my code and understanding everything from the smallest operations to the overarching design. I also take on other roles such as son, brother, soon-to-be uncle, friend, pianist, tutor and self-proclaimed comedian. (That just means that I laugh at my own jokes...)

Why I am a Mormon

After all is said and done the teaching that speaks the most to my heart is that we are free to choose. Nobody will be forced into happiness and nobody will be forced into misery. We choose for ourselves how we want to be by our simple everyday actions. I have seen that whenever I choose to be obedient to God's commandments, everything works out for the best. No, I'm not perfect. But repenting and trying to be better brings me peace. When I choose to be good despite temptations, peer pressure and other desires, I feel at peace. I know that I get to choose between happiness and misery, and that is why I choose to follow Christ. I chose to be baptized because it this frantic, fast-paced, questionable world I feel peace when I pray to ask if it is right. I feel a comforting assurance that this is the Lord's work and this it is his Church. I know that Thomas Monson is a prophet of God. I know that the word he speaks are counsel from above. I know that through Christ, all mankind may be saved...if we choose to follow Him.

How I live my faith

Stated simply, living my faith equates to trying to live as Jesus did. From early in my life I can remember going with my father to help cut wood for a neighbor lady or weed the garden of the elderly couple down the road. While action such as those never seemed very important to me as a child, they set a standard for me. Later on, I was able to leave everything behind and spend two years in Ecuador serving, preaching and loving the people there. It was wonderful to be able to teach many people about the sacrifice the Christ made for us and how blessed we are to have the opportunity to repent and follow him. Coming back from Ecuador still gave me even more opportunities to serve others by visiting other members of the church, playing the piano for the choir, making friends with many people and so on. I find that everyday has an opportunity, whether big or small, to try to emulate the Savior's life and serve someone else.