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Hi I'm Chris

I paint the night's sky to the sound of sweet chords, choruses, and riffs. I'm a fireworks pyromusical designer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Husband. Father of 7. Grandfather (truthfully, I prefer the title of "Jedi Master") of 3. Like most people, working hard everyday to help make it all happen for everyone in my life. Unlike most people, during the warmer months I spend some of my time away from the "everyday" designing and producing "pyromusicals" or fireworks shows that are synchronized to music. It has become a wonderful family activity that we all enjoy. The older boys are now licensed pyrotechnicians so we often spend the days together setting up shows. The rest of the family joins us in the evenings to watch the displays. I served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan in the early '80s and learned to speak Mandarin Chinese. While my language skills aren't exactly what they were back then, I can still bring a surprised smile to a server when ordering in a Chinese restaurant.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in the East, it's rather unusual to have been a Mormon from my earliest childhood days. I have been raised by parents who are converts to the Church, although their paths to conversion were quite different from each other. Frankly, while this is the only Church I have been associated with throughout my life, I can honestly say that I have developed a testimony independently of my parents and other family members. That testimony of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of His Gospel has acted as a foundation for my life and has guided me in making the decisions that have combined to constitute my life. As a child and teen, I participated in most of the activities the Church offers, and while I enjoyed myself and learned many things, I never really had a testimony of my own. Mainly because I never put the effort into finding out for myself. As the time approached for me to begin the process to serve a mission, it became more important for me to be able to say, without reservation, that the things I was teaching were true. I studied the scriptures. I prayed for confirmation. But I didn't feel that I had really received the answer. As the time arrived to leave for my mission, as I was being officially made a missionary by one of the local leaders, I felt the unmistakable confirmation that it was all true and that I could tell others without hesitation that I knew so for myself. This experience, accompanied by many others throughout the course of my life which continue to this day, is the reason I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith is a vital part of my everyday life. It gives me hope and optimism during those times when those things are hard to find. I believe that the quality of my life is dramatically better because I have tried to live my life in accordance with the Saviour's teachings of love and by endeavoring to obey His commandments. I don't agonize over decisions about what's right and what's not because I have a testimony of the Saviour and His teachings and either know which is the better choice or how I can find out for myself. Over the years I've had the opportunity within the Church to work with many of the young men and women by serving as a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, Seminary teacher (this is a religion class taught to the youth of high school age each school day, and in our area, it begins at 5:45 am). I have had other opportunities to serve the full congregation by serving as a counselor to the Bishop, (he's the leader of the congregation, like a minister), and other duites that are more clerical in nature. As the Church is largely a volunteer organization, I have been given many opportunities to do things, and to develop talents, that I probably never would have had a chance to do otherwise. Over the years I have been asked to speak publically, create theatrical presentations, assist with audio/visual presentations, create public events and many other things. There's rarely a dull moment.