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Hi I'm Charles

I am a convert of over 50 years. I'm a retired contractor and a father and grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired general contractor and also worked 20 years in the railroad industry. I am a graduate from Brigham Young University with a major in construction management. I have five children and 12 grandchildren. At present I have a small place in Washington State where I try to keep a wife, five goats and two dogs happy. My main interests are genealogy, history, the sciences, and especially the study of theology and the scriptures. However, I am interested in all truths wherever they may be found. There is nothing better then to be immersed in a good book that causes you to think with a marker at the ready and a pen in hand to write down whatever comes to mind. I relish in anything that will expand my mind and help me to learn more about the universe I live in and especially about our Father in Heaven who created all this for us to expand our minds beyond this temporary realm of mortality.

Why I am a Mormon

On 1 august 1960, I went on a blind date. She was a Mormon. I was attracted to her and asked to see her again. She invited me to a regular youth activity and soon I was attending church with her on Sunday. With encouragement from her (it took a while) I met with the missionaries. The first lesson was on the necessity for a church with Christ as the head for it. The need for a formal church and the proper organization seem to hit a familiar cord with me. The necessity for a church to be sanctioned by Jesus himself especially rang true for me. The missionaries explained that the church He started had disappeared from the earth with the death of Jesus and his apostles. This would require the church to be restored. In addition, this church would have to have apostles and prophets just like the ancient church did. I must have been looking for something like this for I was convinced immediately. I had a witness of that fact right then and there on the spot. As the missionaries talked about the ordinances such as Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost, I could now see the importance and the necessity of the ordinances. They must be preformed with the proper authority and not whenever one thinks he or she has the feelings to do so. I am a Mormon because the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth today. I received a testimony of that fact over 50 years ago while sitting in the dinning room in a house in San Pablo, California and I have never lost the conviction. Jesus Christ is the head of the church. He personally leads it. In addition, it is lead by prophets and apostles just like in Christ’s day.

How I live my faith

One of the great truths that impacted me even more than the necessity of a church officially sanction by our savior being on the earth was the teaching that required ordinances such as baptism could be made available to those who may have never had the chance in life to receive them. People who died never hearing the gospel can now have these ordinances performed on their behalf by the living. We build Temples for this very purpose. Since I am retired I help the members of the church with these ordinances at the Seattle Temple. I serve as an Ordinance Worker one day a week. I help members acting in behalf of their deceased relatives or other deceased persons to perform these ordinances for them. In addition, I am a service missionary for the church helping people over the internet to discover their ancestors so they can take their names to the Temple to see that they receive the necessary ordinances that are required for salvation.