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Hi I'm Chris Hellewell

I grew up in Idaho. I work in the software industry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for more than 20 years. We have 3 amazing children. All of our children have chosen music as their preferred extracurricular activity. We enjoy attending band concerts, choir concerts, marching band competitions, and school plays. I am the vice president of product development for a software company. I have a bachelor of science degree in computer science and an MBA degree. At work I spend my time managing the software development process. I like to joke that they won't let me touch the code anymore. I still enjoy software engineering and writing code and tinker a little at home on the weekends. When I'm not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy spending time in the garden. For me, working in the garden is a peaceful and soothing activity. I grow peaches, raspberries, apples, and a variety of vegetables. We enjoy eating much of it ourselves and the rest we share with neighbors, friends, and extended family. In the winter I like to spend time in the garage doing woodworking projects. Some of the more significant projects I've made include a loft bed for my son and a cold frame for the garden. I enjoy running on the beautiful trails around our home. Mostly I run for fun and exercise. I ran Ragnar with our company team and had a blast.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. My 2nd great grandfather, Robert Hellewell, joined the church in England in 1853. A few years later he immigrated to the United States and settled in Ogden Utah. As a child my parents taught me the principles of the gospel. It was easy to believe and follow them. It just felt right. I remember sitting in meetings and feeling a burning inside as others would share their testimonies of Jesus Christ and the reorganization of his church here on the earth. Later, as a missionary for the church, my testimony was strengthened as I taught the gospel to the Laotian people. I felt a burning inside as I testified of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his appearance to the people on the American continent (as recorded in the Book of Mormon). Today I gain strength as I listen to the words of a living prophet and apostles and study the scriptures. They act as a compass for me as I make decisions. They give me courage and strength to make right choices. As I follow the commandments I am blessed.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ and my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is very important to me and the center of my life. My wife and I gather our children together most evenings to read from the scriptures before going to bed. We enjoy attending church together each Sunday. I serve as a counselor to the bishop of our ward (congregation). We spend time administering and overseeing the programs and organizations the the ward. This is very rewarding, but what I enjoy most is when we make visits to the members in their homes. The members are so faithful! They believe in Jesus Christ and try hard to follow his commandments. I am always impressed at how they help and serve one another without hope for reward.