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Hi I'm Christopher

I'm a licensed funeral director and embalmer. I love to sing and enjoy family time and community service. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and notary public. As a former National Guardsman I believe in hard work and sacrifice and doing my part to better my country. More important to me than my profession or my patriotism, however, is my role as a husband and father and my faith in God. I am far from perfect, and my faith sustains me throughout each week. I enjoy serving others and being spiritually recharged on the Sabbath day by being engaged in my meetings and classes. Most especially I find great meaning and satisfaction in renewing my baptismal covenants with God when I prayerfully partake of the sacrament. Knowing that I have a divine origin and a divine destiny as a son of God provides me with all the security I need. Understanding that my eternal destiny will be the product of my own faithful obedience to correct principles helps keep my feet firmly planted in what is important here and now. Believing that eternal joy and peace are possible through my faith in Jesus Christ and the miracle of his love and grace helps me regularly contemplate the eternal consequences of my choices as well as have confidence in the mercy and providence of God. Life is precious, and it should be lived joyfully and freely, the happy product of both careful long-term planning and selfless giving in every unanticipated moment of someone's need.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Latter-day Saint, baptized at the age of eight, and groomed by my family and friends to be a missionary. In spite of all this preparation I was well aware of my imperfections and acquainted with grief. I did not always make the best choices, and I learned for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true - that the power of forgiveness is real and effective. I consider myself a convert to the Church. To me, conversion is a process that all of us must undertake if we are to successfully move through our journey of life, from whatever our beginnings, through all of our trials, unto our infinite potential. I learned for myself, through sincere personal prayer, and from obedience to true principles, that God lives, that Jesus of Nazareth is his Only Begotten Son in the Flesh, the Promised Messiah, our Creator, Redeemer, and Judge. Because we have a choice to settle for the natural man or to strive for greater light and knowledge, I know for myself that conversion means coming to not only know about Christ, but to know Him personally, as a true Friend. I am a Mormon because Jesus Christ lives, has blessed my life, and has permitted me to take upon myself his Name as a member of his Church and Kingdom - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a Mormon because God has answered my prayers and confirmed the truthfulness of many witnesses to me - from my studies of language, history, theology, psychology, earth sciences, and more, to the many positive interactions I have had with people the world over. The gifts of the Spirit that have been manifested in and through me are very real and driving forces behind my testimony. All that I know, all that I am, all that I hope to become, is brought into perspective by that same sweet Spirit of truth. I hope that you will find such meaning and purpose in your own life - that you will enjoy the fruits of God's love and the blessings of his hands - for you are my brother, my sister - perhaps my friend.

How I live my faith

I serve in the missionary program in my congregation, or 'ward.' As an assistant to an inspired leader I grow spiritually by witnessing the conversions of many of my new friends from a variety of faiths and backgrounds. I have the blessing of helping to teach in class settings, of testifying of Gospel truths along with our full-time missionaries, and making monthly visits to families and individuals who have been placed in my care. Because I speak Spanish and am sensitive to the needs of bereaved individuals (because of my career as a funeral service professional) I am often invited to help serve others with special needs. I feel very blessed in my daily work to have an occupation that is less of a job and more of a calling, or a fulfilling opportunity to provide meaningful service. Many of the events which have strengthened my testimony of the Gospel have come as a result of my work with the dead, the dying, or the recently bereaved. I try to live every day as if it were my last - and I live confident of the reality of heaven. It is far closer than most would ever believe, and if we will keep focused on what is truly important, we can enjoy the blessings of heaven in our daily lives. No one should ever wait to know and claim those blessings!

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Christopher
When I think of how much I love my family and friends and contemplate the prospect of eternity I cannot imagine being happy without them. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each of us more than we can know - much more than we are capable of loving one another. He wants as many of his children to return to dwell with Him as possible. The very nature of Christ performing a work for us that we cannot do ourselves that permits us to return home is a selfless act by proxy. Christ set the conditions for our return and it is wondrous to me that He has provided a means by which every person can meet those conditions. If unable to receive baptism under his authority in life, the Savior has made it possible for those of us who have done so to participate in providing that opportunity for others we love. In this way we are intimately involved in the work of salvation. The choice is still up to the individual, but we all grow spiritually by being engaged in the work. Heaven, then, to me, is returning home with my family and friends having made it possible for as many as will to be present there with us - heaven is the joy of knowing that we worked together, as a greater family under God for something better, and that by our selfless choices we honored the great sacrifice of our Savior who commissioned the work. I love the feeling I have when I enter the waters of baptism on behalf of one who cannot do so - and I have felt a closeness to them. I know I will meet them one glad day. Show more Show less