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Hi I'm Chris Stevenson

I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. My family and I enjoy all the necessities of life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I live in Loudoun County Virginia with our children. We are employed, healthy, live in peaceful circumstances and have always had sufficient food and clothing, and a roof over our heads. For these blessings we are thankful, and hope that we use them, and the many others not listed here, to further God's work on earth. I am very interested in championing the indispensability of virtue and religion to the American experiment in self-governance. Regarding the latter, I am also involved in the National Museum of American Religion project, which will present the complex and moving story of America's religious history through the lens of religious liberty.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when they were young adults, and taught the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to my sister and me while growing up. Upon leaving home, I had to find out for myself if what they had told me, which included amazing things such as Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appearing to a 14 year-old boy in upstate New York in the 19th century and a prophet being alive today, were fact or fiction. I did this by reading the Book of Mormon and asking God if it is true - and I received a confirmation through the spirit that it was, and thus the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Jesus' church on the earth today. Perhaps the most meaningful peace I've found through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the beautiful, infinite atonement of Jesus Christ as described in the Book of Mormon, made real and tangible through ordinances, administered by priesthood authority brought to earth again by angels. The infinity of the atonement reaches back behind me forever through repentance, and reaches forever forward providing me hope in the face of worries, insecurities, and fears. I have felt the burdens of sin, pain, grief, and personal failure lifted and replaced with quiet peace, all because of atoning Jesus. I know His church is again on earth to bring light and hope to men and women everywhere.

How I live my faith

My wife Shan and I serve in our local congregation, where I have been working with the young men and she teaches fourteen to sixteen year-old young women. We encourage them be true to the promises they've made with God, and to strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, and to understand God's will for them and then do it. We also try and look for small ways to help those in our county who are in prison, unemployed, or homeless. There are several groups in our county that do that sort of work, and we are grateful for their service and that we can join forces with them. We are involved with a local scholarship called the Indispensability of Virtue Essay Scholarship, which encourages area 12th graders think and write about the role virtue plays in the ordering of society, from their perspective. Area businesses have been generous with their donations, which go to helping winners pay for higher education. As the news of suffering in the world is now reported almost instantaneously and continuously, sometimes it feels very discouraging and depressing, and the world can seem very dark. Faith in Jesus Christ as the light and life of the world can help dispel this darkness in so many ways, from internal to external. Internally, it provides hope. For external examples: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers wonderful ways to help those in need, through the Humanitarian Aid Fund (https://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/humanitarian-services/funds/humanitarian-general-fund.html) and the Perpetual Education Fund (https://www.lds.org/topics/pef-self-reliance/perpetual-education-fund?lang=eng). We feel such appreciation for the opportunity to give up some of what we have to give to those who have so much less and are living often in duress, to help them feel the light of heaven in their lives.