Hi I'm Charles Wayne Foster R.
I'm married. My wife and I have a beautiful son. I served a two year mission for my church and I did it honorably. That was a great experience for me. After completing my mission I returned home. I started working and attending college. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life.
Why I am a Mormon
Why I am a Latter-day Saint? First, I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church. It is our Savior's church. He is at the head. How I know it is true? Before I served my mission I had to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I read this book and I knelt down in humble prayer and asked our Father in Heaven if the book was true. The feeling that I got was unmistakable. I felt the Holy Spirit so strong I knew that the book was true. From that time on I also knew that Joseph Smith Jr. was a true prophet. There is no other church in the world that has a prophet, apostles, or seventies. The Lord established one church, and being a member of the Lord's church makes sense. If the Lord established one true church, wouldn't it make sense to be a part of His church? I thought so.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
I personally look at all of the Savior's teachings. He taught how to teach with boldness and love. He taught that we should forgive one another no matter how difficult it is. The Savior truly set the perfect example for all mankind.
Could you talk about your baptism?
To be honest I don't remember a whole lot about my baptism. I know that I was baptized, but that's about it. Being young and not knowing the full purpose of baptism as a child didn't have a whole lot of affect on me. I knew at the time that I needed to be baptized, but the full understanding of why didn't come until later in my life. As I grew and matured in the gospel did I realize the importance of being baptized and following the example of our Savior.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
When I read The Book of Mormon there is a peace that comes over me. There is so much truth in this book. These truths help me know that God lives as well as His Beloved Son. Christ did indeed visit the inhabitants of ancient America. There are a few verses that have really stood out to me as I have read The Book of Mormon. "Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price." 2 Nephi 9:50 "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. " 2 Nephi 25:26 "And now, my beloved brethern, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good." 2 Nephi 33:10 These verses explain clearly that The Book of Mormon focuses on our Savior and His teachings. This is how The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to our Father in Heaven.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
Yes. We are allowed to talk about the missions of the church. I personally served a full-time mission for our church. It was a great experience for me. I learned to lead, communicate, and love those whom I was asked to serve. The ultimate goal of Latter-day Saints is to accomplish what our Savior said, "For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Moses 1:39 In doing this we help our Savior to further His work and help our Father's children to return to be with him.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
When my wife was pregnant with our son, we prayed and fasted that our Father in Heaven would bless her with strength and the ability to carry our son for a full term pregnancy. My wife has an ailment in her body. She has what is called MTHFR or methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. Meaning her body doesn't absorb enough B9 or folic acid, which is very important for the development of a unborn child. With the guidance and direction of our Father in Heaven we were blessed with great doctors, who paid close attention to my wife to make sure that she and our son were doing fine. Our son is a miracle and blessing to both my wife and I and we thank our Father in Heaven each day for his coming into this life.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
The gospel has brought a lot of peace to the home of my family. My wife and I communicate better when we are doing the things that we are asked by our leaders, but more importantly from our Savior. I as a husband and father know that humility and striving to follow the example the Lord set is very important to observe. Doing the small and simple things can make a big difference in our home. For instance reading our scriptures daily, saying personal and family prayer morning, evening, and anything in between. I find that my wife and I are in harmony when she or I do things without being asked to do so. For instance washing the dishes or doing laundry. It's things like that, that makes our home more peaceful. And without the gospel in our lives I believe our home would not be a safe haven from the fiery darts of the world.
How has the Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon is plain and easy to understand and has helped me know that I am a child of God. It has helped me realize that all the riches in the world cannot bring the joy and happiness that families and the gospel can. When I read through The Book of Mormon, I learn how much each father and mother cared for their children. It has also taught me how much our Father in Heaven cares for all of His children whether they are good or bad. It has taught me that Jesus is truly the Christ. It has taught me that this life is truly a test to see if I will do the will of the Father and follow His Son's perfect example.
How I live my faith
Being a member of the L.D.S. faith is not an easy thing to do. However, I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church. It is set up the same way as the church our Savior established when He was on the earth and it is His church. In saying that, I strive to follow the path that our Savior has laid out for me as an individual. The Lord set a perfect example of how to act, treat others, and show proper respect to our Father in Heaven. I have learned a great deal being a member of the Lord's church. Isn't life a lesson of continuous learning?