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Hi I'm Chris

I grew up in Southern Indiana, USA. I enjoy Scouting and wood projects. I make dairy products for a living. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a rural community. I joined the church enthusiastically when I was 11 along with my father and mother and sisters. I happily served a mission in Peru. I went to a science and agriculture college where I met my wife. We have 5 children now. We have lived in 5 different states as a family, which has been challenging, but the church has made it easy with so many friendly people to help us wherever we go.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a boy, we had no religion. We were not for or against anything. When I was 10, I learned that my mother grew up in the church but she wasn't active for a long time. After much time, married with 3 children, the church found her and came to visit. She felt warm and moved to return to the church and take her children with her to regular services. The missionaries taught our whole family. My father was skeptical at first, but his heart softened and he, my older sister, and I were all baptized on the same day. I was quick to say yes when the missionaries asked about baptism. I felt very good and excited about it. Our family changed. We were learning something together and we had a lot to learn. We had the Holy Ghost in our family and in our lives. I immediately began to save for a mission so that I could serve when the time came. I enjoyed a great adventure in Peru and I learned to speak Castellano (Spanish). Ever since I have loved those people. In college, I met a girl who grew up in the church for many generations. She was committed to having a family and raising children with the principles of the church and the teachings of Jesus Christ. My career in wood products has lead us to many different places and we have seen most of the country. Along the way we have made wonderful friends and we have always had terrific neighbors. We try to tell everyone about how happy we are as members of the church. Now our son is serving a mission for the church in Europe and we pray for him every day. We are very happy for him to continue our traditions of service and teaching the gospel to everyone who wants to hear it and make good changes in their lives.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have served in many different callings and each one has brought us a different kind of joy and great blessings. I have worked with the teenage young men and Scouting a lot. I have also helped with many local congregations to lead and organize. We love to help the people learn more about Christ and create as many opportunities as possible to teach people in classes of many sorts. Frequently the best way to teach is through service. We can easily find situations where people need real help at home or with problems. Sometimes people just need friends and we try to do that. Our family has regular family prayer and scripture study and we plan a lot of activities and time with our family so we can share in joy and hardship and teach each other. We like to invite people over and share experiences with them, too. Having a purpose for our family is important to us. Using the teachings of Jesus Christ makes sense to us. The Church programs are a blessing to our family, not just for our kids, but for us too. We enjoy the sense of community when we can help others and then we feel good when others can help us. Everyone has a purpose and a reason because of the plan of salvation and the atonement of Jesus Christ.