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Hi I'm Chris

I love to cook. I love the outdoors. I am a cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and love all things outdoors: sailing, swimming, and backpacking. I also love reading classic literature. Since high school I have worked to become a surgeon. I had a plan for my life and everything seemed to be going perfectly. I would graduate high school, go to college, serve a mission, marry, and attend medical school. A week after high school graduation life changed. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma which meant six months of chemotherapy. The diagnosis was a shock, but it didn't sink in until I realized that it means I would have to delay serving a mission by a year. I had been looking forward to serving as a missionary since I was eight. To serve, I would have to have clean bill of health and be certain that the cancer wasn't returning. I missed my first semester of college to finish chemotherapy. During that time I was grateful for my family, especially my mom, who sat with me during every chemo session. Despite the support, I felt very alone as I watched all of my friends leave for college and continue with life. I did get some time to learn to cook, paint, play the piano, and reflect on life. Thanks to the help of an some amazing doctor and the prayers of my family and friends, I finished chemotherapy and returned to school. After studying for a year I served a Spanish speaking mission in California where I was blessed to share some of the experiences I learned during chemo with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. The Book of Mormon references Christ every 1.7 verses. It has a promise that if you read it, ponder its message, and ask God if its true, he will tell you. I met many people who try to discount the message of the Book of Mormon through any number of arguments. Fortunately, God's given us an experiment of our own. He asks us to read, ponder, and ask. If we do that, He promises us an answer. I can't think of anyone more reliable for an answer than God. That's why I'm a Mormon. Even though my battle with cancer was a struggle. I look back and realize that it is one of the greatest blessings of my life. During the experience I learned to rely on Jesus Christ as the only person who understood me perfectly. Only He understood how it felt to feel alone while sitting in chemo ward surrounded with family. Fortunately, only He could heal me. Cancer brought me closer to Him and taught me how much he loves me and cares for his children individually.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to live so that others can know Him by knowing me. I definitely have a long way to go, but I'm trying to be like him through service. One of the highlights of my week is the chance I get to volunteer as an interpreter in a local hospital. I hope to one day be a doctor and try to imagine how the Savior, the ultimate healer, sees us. Every week I attend a local student ward where I get to worship with other young men and women like myself. It's nice to have this family away from home. One of the high points of the week is the chance I get to participate in the Sacrament. As I eat the bread and drink the water, I feel close to the Savior. It gives me a chance to put my mind right and recommit to living my life like him. It sets the tone for my entire week. As I get lost throughout the week with my classes, job, and social life it always helps me to remember that God has plan for us. His plan always seems to be what I need. I learned that lesson the hard way. By reading the scriptures and praying each day, I keep that plan in mind.