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Hi I'm Charles

I'm Canadian, a university graduate and ex-army. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad and a granddad, a private pilot and a dressage rider. I love reading, photography, puzzles and genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child and young adult, I found religion unsatisfying and contradictory, but as I continued searching for meaning in life, I encountered Latter Day Saints who explained the Gospel to me in a way that was complete, uncontradictory and meaningful. I now understand how and why Jesus Christ is my saviour and redeemer, and delight in learning to be closer to Him.

How I live my faith

I serve in my congregation, I try to be a good husband and father, and reach out to those in need in any way I can help. As a "Home Teacher", I do yard work and home maintenance for older single sisters that they cannot do for themselves and cannot afford to pay to have done.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Charles
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, was written by prophets inspired by God - as such, it is the word of God. However, centuries of translations and political revisions have cost the Bible in terms of clarity and completeness.  Translations caused errors, which caused misinterpretation and further errors. Politics, especially during the second through fourth centuries, caused interference with content and revisions to conform to political direction. To that extent, it is less accurate and clear than other scriptures, such as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Charles
The scriptures tell us that families can be together forever, so we do all we can to build strong, loving families. Also, loving our spouse and children gives us a small taste of how the Father and Jesus love us. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Charles
If I, as a private citizen, took you through the oath of office as President of the United States, would you be entitled to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Somehow I think various government officials might object if you tried that. Similarly, our Father does not have to recognize a baptism, which is the outward sign of a covenant a two-way contract between God and the person being baptized, unless the person administering the baptism has authority to do so - and that authority can only be received from someone who already has it. Every priesthood holder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can trace his priesthood authority back to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less