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Hi I'm Chris Clinger

I'm a student, musician, and athlete, but most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm studying Neuroscience at my local university. I've been in a few bands and love music and singing. I was an avid athlete (swimming and track) in high school, but have since then taken up casual running as my sport. I love being outdoors, whether its running, hiking, skiing, or just driving around with my windows down. I currently work as a steel worker at a metal fabrication shop, and love working and building things with my hands. I've never been much of an artist, but have recently been trying to improve my sketching and drawing abilities.

Why I am a Mormon

For much of my life, I was spiritually lost. I was raised in a LDS family, but I just kinda went through the motions of going to church and didn't really buy into it. Most of the time I felt like there was a God out there, but there were also times that I didn't know if there was a God. Eventually, I fell upon some life changing hardships which changed my future. I was a junior in high school and had to have 4 hip surgeries to fix a birth defect in my hip. I was really depressed during this time in my life, as I was taken out of all my sports and missed much of my school year. I was ostracised from school activities and soon was forgotten my many friends. I became very depressed because of all of this. I didn't know what to do, and I ended up turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms to try and deal with these difficult feelings. After a while, these unhealthy coping mechanisms began to take a toll on my physical health and I realized that I was missing something from my life. I was 19 when I had this realization. I sat down and began to sincerely read the Bible for the first time in my life. I came upon John 8:32, which reads " And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free". I wanted this truth and freedom in my life. So I began to investigate all sorts of religions. I looked into Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, all the major religions. Eventually I came back to the religion I had been raised in: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I read the Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ) for the first time, and I realised that the truth which would make me free had been with me all my life. I changed everything about my life so I would be living in accordance with the commandments outlined in the Book of Mormon and by our prophets. Many people have questioned my decision, but I can honestly say its the best decision I've ever made.I am proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Currently, my only calling or job for my church is a home teacher. Basically, I'm given a companion, and together we are assigned to go to the homes of members once a month and teach them a little spiritual thought, as well as check in with the members and make sure they're doing alright in life. Often, members call upon their home teachers when they need assistance with things in life, whether its having their driveway cleared of snow, or just need someone to talk to. In addition to being a home teacher, I'm currently working on filling out the necessary paperwork to become a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a missionary, my job will be to serve others, and invite them to come unto Christ.