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Hi I'm Christopher

I'm a Mormon. I'm a graduate with a Structural Engineering Degree. Most of all I'm a follower of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I've graduated with a masters degree in Structural Engineering. I love swimming and being physically active, but I really love to learn about all the amazing things that make up Earth, space, and life. I play the piano and draw. I ran cross country and track in high school, and I love food. I'm also someone who has struggled with mental illness and the difficult inward battles that brings. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been an anchor to my mind and heart in times of trouble, and has given me wings to fly as I have searched for the Lord and sought to follow Him. My weaknesses with mental illness have given me strength, because they have helped me learn to rely upon the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and trust Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a loving family that is dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have grown up with the Church. That may make it sound like it was easy for me to come to know my Savior, Jesus Christ, and receive a witness of the restored gospel, but that simply isn't true. I grew up being taught how to pray. This helped me feel the love of my Heavenly Father. I was also taught about the Gospel, and Christ's commandments but I still had to learn to trust in God and study His words and find the truth for myself. As you can imagine, I struggled with wondering if I was biased towards the Church of Jesus Christ, or if what it taught was true and God had really restored His own church. But before I could see the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I had to search, study, ponder, pray, struggle and endure to come know my Savior. It was worth every ounce of effort. That is the beauty of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. While each person is expected to gain a witness from God for him or herself, the wonderful part is that through this each person gets to know their Savior for themselves. I feel that I have a personal relationship with Him. I'm a Mormon because the teachings of the restored Church of Jesus Christ helped me to find Him and filled me with His love. I am thankful to be a Mormon, because God's priesthood power has cleansed and empowered me as I have made covenants with God through His authorized servants.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is something I've found I can do moment to moment. The most important thing to do is to seek to do God's will by seeking His spirit, thinking of His commandments, looking for opportunities to serve others, and to seek God's guidance regularly through prayer. These are the basics that the Book of Mormon and all scriptures teach. Of course I also live my religion by acts of service. The most common are offering a kind word and a hand of friendship. They include being there for someone when they are suffering and helping them bear their pain. Another part of living my faith is church attendance, where I can renew my commitments to God, learn of them, and find many opportunities to serve. As I renew my promises to and follow and serve Christ and act accordingly I am blessed with the Holy Spirit of God. This is one of the greatest blessings that I experience as I live my faith. Living day to day with the Holy Spirit provides the avenue for learning the attributes of Christ. It serves as a guide in difficult situations, as a comfort when I am struggling, and as an enabling power to help me better serve those I love.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Christopher
No, the church remains neutral. The Church encourages its members to prayerfully consider candidates, and support those who will protect and promote the freedoms God has given us. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Christopher
The Church values mortal life as a most sacred gift from God, yet understands that there are situations which cannot be callously dealt with. Examples include; the mother's life being in dire jeopardy, or the horrific trauma of rape or incest that can become all consuming when a woman then must carry a child from such a situation. The Church urges members and all women who are in such dire circumstances to turn to the Lord for guidance and strength to make the correct decision that is according to His wisdom and will regarding such a serious action as abortion. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Christopher
It is guidance that was given through a prophet about how to care for our bodies. We are instructed on some substances to avoid and invited to follow a balanced diet not dissimilar from the food pyramid that science introduced several decades after the Word of Wisdom was given. It also counsels us to keep the commandments of God and that we can expect His blessings as a result of doing these things. Many years after the Word of Wisdom was revealed the Church and the membership committed themselves to obeying the guidance given, and thus we treat it as a commandment. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Christopher
All worthy and able young men have a standing call to serve. Young women are welcome to serve but not obligated. Senior couples may also choose to volunteer their services if their circumstances permit. To share the gospel of Jesus Christ is a duty of the priesthood, and a great opportunity for all others who wish to serve. Show more Show less