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Hi I'm Chuck

I am a student... I am married to a wonderful woman... I enjoy living my life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 45 years old... I love music of all kinds and I can play guitar though not as good as I would like. I am trying to write the next "great" american novel and I hope to get it published if I can ever finish it. I enjoy watching movies and reading and most of all, I love spending time with my beautiful wife.

Why I am a Mormon

It was a few years ago that I had reached a place in my life where I knew I needed to find a church where I could grow a relationship with my creator. I had gone with a few of my friends to their churches, trying to find a place that felt right to me without success. I had ordered a Book of Mormon off of the television a few years before that so I was curious about what mormon's believed and how they worshiped but I had no clue how to find a meeting house to go to a service. Heavenly Father brought two missionaries to my door one day shortly after I began looking for a church and I found out where their meetings were. I went to a Sacrament meeting and to make a long story short, I felt the Spirit at that meeting. I began having weekly meetings with the missionaries, learning about things like where did I come from and why I was here and who Joseph Smith was. The more I learned, the more at peace I felt about becoming a member of the church. I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on May 25th, 2008. I am a member of the church because I know that our Father in Heaven lives today and so does our Savior, Jesus Christ and I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God given the task to bring back the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ onto the Earth. I am a Mormon because I know that this church is led by a living prophet of God. The Holy Spirit has confirmed these things to me, and today, my life is enriched beyond my ability to describe and it is only because of the truths that I have found and accepted since I found the church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to live as true to the commandments and example of Jesus Christ as I can. My wife and I recently began serving as missionaries for our ward and it has been a wonderful experience to go out and talk to all kinds of people and get to share with them something as dear to me as my faith In Jesus Christ. I have learned that living my faith is a never ending learning experience as I am constantly confronted by new experiences and challenges that allow me to learn new ways to rely on Heavenly Father as well as the atonement of Jesus Christ.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

They will talk to you about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will explain the underlying truths of the gospel and how it was brought back in it's fullness into modern times. They will talk about where we all come from and our purpose for being here on the Earth as well as where we will go after we pass from here. They will tell you about the Book of Mormon and what it is and where it came from. They will show you in the scriptures where these truths are to be found and they will gladly answer any questions that you may have. They will not try to "sell" you anything or pressure you to make any decisions. There will not be any request for money. I will never forget the young men who came and talked to me for they hold a special place in my heart. Their service has made it possible for me to enjoy the relationship I now have with my Heavenly Father and the blessings that are a part of my daily life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No!!! We are to follow the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and give service to all of our brothers and sisters regardless of their personal beliefs. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are to lend our time and material aid to anyone that is in need and the Church has a long history of providing such aid whenever and wherever it is needed. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

One of the things that you will learn from the missionaries is that we are all given access to the Holy Spirit. The missionaries will explain to you that you should not take any human being's word that the Gospel is true. As a child of our Heavenly Father, we are given the gift of the Spirit so that if we will go to our Father in prayer and ask Him about the truthfulness of the Gospel, we will learn for ourselves if Mormonism is true or not. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We only worship our Heavenly Father and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We do respect Joseph Smith as well as revere him for the part he played as a prophet in our Heavenly Father's plan. We hold Joseph Smith in high regard for the sacrifices he made as well as the faith he showed as an instrument in God's hands in bringing back the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth after it had been lost to human kind. Every time I pick up the Book of Mormon, I cannot help but feel gratitude to Joseph Smith for staying true to what he witnessed, no matter how badly he was persecuted for talking about it. I admire Joseph Smith as a great man but only our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ deserve to be worshiped. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Heavenly Father has directed us to build Temples so that we can continue to grow and learn eternal truths that are necessary for us so that we can live as our Father in Heaven wants us to. Temples are the most holy places on the earth because they are houses of the Lord. It is only in Temples where we can participate in certain ordinances that are necessary for our eternal growth. We also learn eternal truths by participating in Temple ordinances. Without Temples, we would not be able to join a husband and a wife together with their children for all eternity. We would not be able to perform ordinances on the behalf of people who lived and died without having the opportunity to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ without the Temple. Temples are an essential part of God's plan for us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

In the Scriptures, Jesus Christ taught that baptism was necessary for anyone who wished to return to the Father. We perform proxy baptisms because throughout human history, there have been people who lived and died either without ever learning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or lived in a time when the proper priesthood authority was absent from the earth and therefore could not have been baptized by the proper authorities even if they wished to follow Christ, or they were unaware of the fullness of the Gospel and therefore did not know they had to be baptized by a priesthood holder who had the authority of Heavenly Father to perform the ordinance. Regardless of the reason, Heavenly Father loves all of his Children and wants each and every one of them to have the opportunity to be baptized in the correct way. It is because of this that He has given us proxy baptisms. We are able, in the Temple, to perform the ordinance so that no person will ever be left out of the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

The authority to act in God's name has been given to His servants throughout time. This authority is called the Priesthood. The priesthood is one of the many blessings that are given to His male servants after they are baptized and make themselves worthy. The priesthood is divided into two divisions. The lessor priesthood is called the Aaronic priesthood and is named after Aaron in the Old Testament. The Aaronic priesthood has the authority to preach the Gospel of repentance and the authority to baptize. The greater priesthood is called the Melchizedek priesthood, named after the high priest named Melchizedek in the Old Testament. It has the authority to preside over the church and to perform all ordinances in the church. It is important to be baptized by someone with the proper priesthood authority because only a baptism performed by a priesthood holder will be recognized by God. A baptism performed by anyone else will not be recognized by God in Heaven. The sincerity of the individual being baptized will not matter if the baptism is performed by someone who does not hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Wards, stakes, and branches are the terms used in the church to signify different sizes of church bodies within the structure of the church as a whole. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we go to a branch or ward based on where we live. The smallest unit in church structure is the "branch". Where the Church is new or has few members, members will attend a branch for their meetings. If the Church is established in an area and there are a lot of members, members will attend a "ward" for their meetings. A collection of branches and wards make a "stake". The majority of church meetings are held as a branch or ward. It is not mandatory that a person attend the ward or branch that contains their home or apartment but it is encouraged since we are a community in which we develop friendships and help each other. Branches are led by a branch president who is asked to serve in a volunteer capacity. Wards are led by a "Bishop" who is likewise asked to serve in a volunteer capacity. The stake is led by a stake president who is also asked to serve as a volunteer. The individual leaders are assisted by two counselors each who also volunteer if asked by the president or bishop. There are no professional clergy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We all serve, if asked, as volunteers without pay. We are happy to be of service to those around us. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

In the Bible, people who wished to follow their Father in Heaven were given commandments by our Father through his prophets. One of those commandments is that we should give 10% of our increase back to our Father by giving it to his Church so that the Church can complete it's mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world as well as provide service in a variety of ways to people who are in need. It is something we do gladly because it is a privilege to be able give back to our Father a portion of what he has so lovingly given to us. It not only shows our obedience to his commandments but opens the door in our lives to the blessings he wants to give us through our faith. It is one of many ways that we learn to grow in our faith that our Father will bless us through obedience to his commandments. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

The missionaries go out and talk to people about the Gospel because it is what Jesus Christ commanded all of his believers to do. All members of the church are involved in missionary work in one way or another. We are to bring other people to Christ because of all the things we can do for someone, there is no greater service than sharing with someone the Gospel of Jesus Christ and giving them the opportunity to learn more about how to return to their eternal Father in Heaven. In the Church, most young men and women who are able and worthy devote a part of their lives to full-time service. This not only provides people an invaluable service but gives the individual who does it the chance to grow in the Gospel and grow closer to Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. I have not met a single person who has done it and regretted doing it. To be honest, I wish I had been a member of the Church when I was a young man so that I could have served a mission. Show more Show less