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Hi I'm Charlie Brown

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with children and grandchildren. My hobby is cycling which also provides a good fitness routine. I coach little league baseball, back pack, scuba dive. I have owned and operated a property management business for 30 years. I enjoy studying economics, history and philosophy.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was in high school. I was raised in a somewhat religious family in the Methodist church. When I was 8 my mother died in an automobile wreck. At that time I began to wonder about life after death. At that time I started to pray every night that my family would be protected from harm. I did not really know who I was praying to, I just had simple faith that there was a divine being and he could hear me. I kept an open mind to who God, our Heavenly Father might be. In praying for understanding when I was a teenager I received a confirming spiritual witness that God was really there for us. As I read the Book of Mormon I came to understand what Jesus Christ had done for us and why his life and sacrifice was important. I wanted all of those things for my future family. I joined the church, served a mission and married in the Temple and have raised 8 children in the Gospel. Living prophets and apostles have inspired my understanding of the principles of truth that help us have joy. Living it has confirmed it for over 35 years and my love for the Savior and our Father in Heaven has only increased through the years. I know the power of the Holy Ghost is real and it will witness to any sincere person willing to seek to know the truth.

How I live my faith

I try to spend some time each day with my wife and children that are still at home talking about life's challenges and opportunities and reading the scriptures. I have been involved as a leader in the young men/ scouting programs for 20 years or so. I served as a bishop in our ward and as a counselor to the bishop. I enjoy home teaching, that is visiting 3-4 families each month in the ward that we share a spiritual message with. I also spend time researching family history and keeping a personal journal.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Charlie Brown
To have an opportunity to grow spiritually through a mortal learning experience where good and evil exist. We are free to choose between the two. By our choices we learn and develop as individuals. We also are here to have an opportunity to form families and develop loving relationships. This can only be done in a state of physical creation. Through physical death we gain understanding and appreciation of eternal life that will come through the resurrection of the Savior. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Charlie Brown
Because it is a fundamental testament of God's dealings with mankind and a witness of Jesus Christ. Its teachings are important to our understanding of the commandments and the Savior's life. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Charlie Brown
It is the greatest act of love ever undertaken by Deity. Our Father in Heaven chose Christ as his only begotten son of a mortal mother that he might live among us following the same path of mortal life as Adam and his descendent's. Through his life and the hours of suffering before his death he became acquainted with every affliction that any person would ever suffer or experience. He lived a perfect life, he suffered, bled and died to satisfy the demands of divine justice for our sins and took his life again by the power that he held as the Son of God. Through repentance he takes away the penalties and guilt for our sins making us clean before God if we continue faithful to him through our life. Through this gift we can be resurrected and return to live in the presence of the Father and the Son. Show more Show less