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Hi I'm Christopher

About Me

I am happily married and a father of 3. I work for the Church as a book and paper conservator, which means I repair damage done to books and documents. I also consider myself a book artist, making one-of-a-kind books in my spare time. I like to play the ukulele and sing.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church when I was around two years old. However, my conversion occurred when I was 17. Someone in church was retelling Joseph Smith's story and I was overwhelmed with the feeling that it was true, Joseph really had seen Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and they really had talked to him. Since that time, I've had my doubts but, in the end, I always come back to the overwhelming feeling that it's true and that I can't deny the truthfulness of it.

How I live my faith

I assist other adult leaders in working with young men ages 12-18. One of our goals is to help the young men become good husbands, fathers, and men who contribute to their communities. I believe our efforts to teach the young men good principles will not only help them but will help solve many of the world's current problems.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Christopher
Don't take our word for it. We can profess our beliefs to you but we are only human. Instead, pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ and ask. But don't ask blindly. Heavenly Father expects us to do a little bit of work before he'll answer our prayers. Read the Book of Mormon, first. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Christopher
I struggle with this question, myself. I believe, as I have been taught, that it was a commandment from God. I've heard many theories about why God commanded it but, as far as I can tell, none of the theories can be proven. I do consider the question from time to time but, in the end, I simply have to return to the fact that I trust God and do not understand all of His ways. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Christopher
As a child I was told the song "Amazing Grace" was false doctrine. I no longer agree with this sentiment. That first verse applies to me: Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. It is through the grace of Jesus Christ that I am will be able to live with Him, again. However, I also believe that grace is only applicable as I strive to follow Jesus. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Christopher
I sure hope not. We are all brothers and sisters regardless of our beliefs. The gospel instills in me a desire to help ALL my brothers and sisters regardless of what they believe, profess, or do. Show more Show less

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

Christopher
No. I know many Mormons in the USA are registered Republicans because they believe that is the right thing to do. I respect that. However, I, personally, am registered as an Independent. And I know others who are Democrats. And I've even known a few Mormons who are Socialists. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Christopher
I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ and He loves me. I am eternally indebted to Him for what he has done for me. I know He lives and is the Savior of this world. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Christopher
I love Joseph Smith. I am grateful for the sacrifices he made to restore the gospel. But I do not worship him. My worship belongs to God. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Christopher
I think "testimony" can mean two things. The first is a deep-seated conviction that the gospel, or a part of the gospel, is true. So when you hear Mormons talk about their "testimony" you might try substituting it for the word "belief." The second is the declaration of that belief. Mormons believe in sharing their "testimonies" with others. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Christopher
Jesus Christ. The Mormon church is a restored version of the Church Jesus established when he was on the earth. It was restored through Joseph Smith who sincerely prayed to know which of all the sects was right so that he might know which to join. He was answered that none of the churches on the earth at that time contained the fullness of Christ's gospel. In 1830, about 10 years later, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was established. Show more Show less