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Hi I'm Christopher

I'm a BYU student serving in Thailand. I speak Mandarin, I love cars and computers, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Austin most of my life, except for a year in middle school where I lived in Hsinchu, Taiwan. My father worked for a company that sent him and my family out there for a year while he assembled a team for MediaTek, a semiconductor company. There, I learned Mandarin Chinese, which unfortunately will not help too much as I prepare to serve my two year mission in Bangkok Thailand. I've gone to a year of school at BYU, and I plan to finish a degree in Business Management, then apply to J. Reuben Clark Law School for Family Law. I love working on cars. I mostly got into cars because both the cars I had in High School were pieces of junk, and always had things needing fixing. I first owned a 1997 Mustang GT, which I had painted purple for my birthday. After the transmission went out on that, I sold it and bought a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT, which was a lot faster than I expected, but after a minor engine fire, I sold it as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I mess up. I'm normal in that respect. I make dumb decisions, I screw things up, I have regrets; it's impossible not to. I find comfort and solace in the firm knowledge that no matter where I find myself, there's always a light to lead me out of the hole I dug myself into, and that light is Jesus Christ. Through His atoning sacrifice, I'm able to receive a comforting forgiveness of my sins. That's where the strongest foundation pillar of my testimony lies. I'm a Mormon because I want to love others the way that I feel my love from my Heavenly Father. I want to be able to always be striving to perfect myself, and hopefully eventually be as He was: Perfect.

How I live my faith

In my family, emphasis was always placed on going to every single activity and function that the church set up. As stake youth council member, I also was kind of expected to go to every activity. I made many lifelong friends in my stake there. I loved BYU this past year, and how there was always something going on to promote social life and student pride. Through all the kids there that shared my beliefs, I was able to grow.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Christopher
I usually get this question quite a bit. No, we do not worship Joseph Smith, we celebrate him, and revere him as a key instrument in providing a way for the restoration of God's Church on this earth. We worship God, the Eternal Father and The Lord Jesus Christ. They are our deities and we work on this earth in their perfect plan to try and perfect ourselves, to one day be as He was. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Christopher
A husband and a wife wed legally and lawfully wed constitute the foundation for a family. Men and women are different, and each has certain traits and abilities that, when together, help to provide the best possible home environment for raising a child. This environment is one where children can grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and is best created through fervent faith. Love is the #1 priority. Love your God and your Family and everything will be okay. Show more Show less