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Hi I'm Chris Dichmann

Born and raised in California. Life-long Mormon. Former competitive swimmer and globe trotter.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small, coastal California town. Both my parents were converts into the LDS Church, so I was born a member. In my high-school days, I spent most of my time swimming competitively and exploring the world. It has always been my dream to see the great marvels of the world, and I have been fortunate enough to have visited many beautiful and magnificent locations on God's Earth. After high-school, I was blessed with the ability to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. It was here that I fell in love with my religion all over again, as well as with the beautiful snow-capped mountains surrounding my new home. Swimming was abandoned for new, more altitude-inclined activities, like hiking and skiing. While I have always been obsessed with the natural beauty of the world, I have found that nothing compares to the beauty of humanity and the gospel. The same light that shines within a beautiful sunset can be seen in the eyes of every human being, given the right circumstances. It is my mission to bring out this light in every individual I meet.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born a Mormon, I still went through a lengthy conversion process. If anything, it can be more difficult for born Mormons to accept their religion, simply because they need to discover whether they believe in their religion wholeheartedly, or simply because it is what they have always believed. For me, there were extensive periods of disbelief in my life, particularly in times of great trial. There have been times when my faith has wavered, and my resolve crumbled. However, I have always found that the LDS gospel brings a sort of respite from the world no other belief can. It can be easy to fall away from or doubt the more extreme beliefs of the LDS Church, but at the end of the day, blessings will always come from living a righteous, holy life.

How I live my faith

I have always been a member of the LDS Church, from the time of my birth. I have always had a firm belief in my faith, and a strong testimony of the truth that lies within the Book of Mormon, and the words of our Prophets. Growing up, I was a member of many church-based activities and groups. In my younger years, I served as the leader of other boys my age, organizing weekly sacrament and church lessons, as well as weekly group activities and Boy Scout excursions. I additionally had the opportunity to be a teacher for younger children at one point, and was able to expand my knowledge of the gospel by teaching them. Its incredible what you learn when you are the teacher. In my later years, during high school, I continued to lead the young men in church-based activities, though by this time the focus was on the blessing of sacrament, and other, more spiritual activities. At the same time, I studied the gospel in an early morning class before school, to help prepare myself for potential church service. From there, I moved on to college, where I helped coordinate activities for a much larger group of people, and studied the gospel even further to train for future proselytizing opportunities.