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Hi I'm John Charles

I'm a 32 year old engineer and father of four. I'm a convert to the Mormon church.

About Me

I live in Pennsylvania with my wife and four kids. I studied Materials Engineering in college and work as a Quality Assurance Manager for a metals manufacturing company. My hobbies mainly revolve around my children and wife. I coach teeball and youth soccer and I lead my son's cub scout den. Our family loves being outdoors during the spring and summer, mostly camping, cycling and hiking. When I'm not with my wife and kids, I volunteer at church and wherever I can be helpful.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife and I were baptized into the LDS church together seven years ago. We were introduced to the LDS church by wonderful friends of ours and before too long we went to an LDS worship service called sacrament meeting. It was here that we heard someone bear testimony that they knew that Joseph Smith had seen Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and spoke with them. We heard testimonies of the Book of Mormon, that it was revealed through the power of God and that it helped so many to know of Jesus Christ and to prepare for him to come again. These testimonies touched us and we wanted to learn more. We began to meet with elders, young men who serve as full time missionaries for the church. Learning the truths restored through prophets from the elders made religion make sense to me for the first time. The idea that our families are eternal is one that I always held to, even though my previous religion did not believe this to be true. It made me so happy to have my hopes in this matter confirmed. Understanding that we are eternal beings sent to earth for a learning experience helped me to feel closer to my Heavenly Father than ever and helped me truly understand the weight of what was done for us by His son Jesus Christ. It seemed like the things I was taught by the missionaries were things that I always knew were true, even though I had been taught otherwise since I was a child. Before too long, we decided to be baptized. This decision made life with our extended families dificult for a while, and we experienced many trials before our baptism date. In these trials, we learned of the truth of the Book of Mormon for ourselves. ts teachings set our hearts at ease even when we were filled with worry and sorrow.

How I live my faith

I often joke that time has gone into fast forward since our family has become mormon. That is because our priorities have taken a dramatic turn. We truly believe that our relationships with people and the things we learn stay with us forever. This means that as a family we do much more together than before and we enjoy being together too! Membership in the church has also given us opportunities to serve other people in the church and in our community. Life as a mormon has ceratinly been busy, but more importantly it has brought me perspective and joy.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

John Charles
No.. and we are frequently reminded that we do not. Our thirteenth article of faith states, "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. " There is good and bad to all political ideologies, we should seek what is good and incorporate this into our lives, while rejecting those parts that are contrary to God's will. It is our job then, when we are blessed to be able to live in a place where we participate in free elections, to educate ourselves on each candidate's beliefs and agenda. Only then we canvote our conscience in a truly prayerful manner. Good men and women will not always arive at the same conclusion about how to vote , but we should respect them enough to trust that they want what is best as much as we do. There is no room for political bickering or marginalization among latter day saints. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

John Charles
With all of my heart!.. and believe that there are apostles of Jesus Christ here on earth. A while ago my family had an opportunity for much needed better employment, but we'd have to live away from where we'd always been. It was a very hard decision - I didn't want to go because I was afraid to make such a major change. We decided to visit the place where we'd move to for a weekend, and pray for God's will to be done- just to see if I'd change my mind. The weekend we were there, there was a special conference where the prophet at the time, Gordon B. Hinckley would speak to us over satelite, along with an apostle named Elder Joseph Wirthlin. Elder Wirthlin spoke about bravery, almost as if God told him to look right at me and to tell me what I was supposed to know. He said not to let fear make our decisions for us, especially when it involves accepting a blessing from God. Needless to say, I knew what I was being told and I am honored to this day that an apostle would receive inspiration to teach exactly what I needed to know. I know that these men receive revelation from heaven and that we are blessed when we prayerfully follow their advice. Show more Show less