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Hi I'm Charles

I'm a romantic poet, a geek, an airsoft player and a music lover. I believe in shattering stereotypes. I'm Charles, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to write poetry and sing music. I play airsoft and Dungeons and Dragons. I am a weirdo in every sense of the word and I'm proud of it! I believe that there is no problem that the human mind can't figure out with a little help from above. I plan to be a child and relationship psychologist someday because I love kids and because relationships are easy if you follow the right steps! I love my family and love to sit around the piano as a family singing whatever song we open up to first in the book. I believe in second chances and that fairy tale endings still happen. I love everyone I meet even if they don't love me. I believe in shattering stereotypes. I love to help people whenever I can. My name is Charles Theodore (Savinien) Florman and I'm a Mormon. (I just rhymed, haha!)

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are mormon but that's not why I am. Like everyone I had a time where my parents were always wrong. So this religion had to be wrong. So I read the entire set of LDS standard works and searched for anything that didn't make sense. I went to EFY my first year intent to find a way that things were wrong. I never found it, I still question everything if it confuses me. I haven't found anything that didn't make perfect sense once I heard it. I promise you that if anything seemed off I'd know, but it's the right church. I know that this church is God's restored church on this earth today. I know that Thomas S. Monson has been given power from God to lead and guide this church. I know the scriptures are true because I've read them. I've searched them and though originally for the wrong reasons, I now know that they're correct. It is all God's word for us. I know these things because I've prayed and gotten a feeling that cannot come from anyone but God. I know it's true, because I know. There is no complicated answer, it just feels right.   My Testimony I'd like to beg a little time And read to you a little rhyme About a truth, about belief About a church that brings relief I know this church is true, it is I know the love of God exists I know His plan is there for me I know who I'm supposed to be I know my Savior died for us I know He didn't feel He must I know it was a choice for me I know He bled on bended knee I know mistakes are not the end I know the Savior is my friend I know He's made a way to save I know I must take on His name I know the prophets speak the Word I know it's truth for all who've heard I know I can't be led astray I know that prayer provides a way The church is true, the prophets too We're told to pray each night and day The Devil tries, but always lies Our Lord above is filled with love I say these things in Christ's dear name My Savior who will come to reign I thank the Lord who guides my pen And now I end and say Amen

How I live my faith

I am an Elder. I am serving a full time mission in the Boston, Massachusetts mission where I am blessed with the opportunity to share my faith with anyone who will listen. I have had doors slammed in my face quite often but I'm still out knocking because I believe this message is worth facing rejection for. Our Savior died for us we can at least spend two years teaching of Him. I believe that nobody is past saving. NOBODY. If anybody was it would have been me. But I am sharing because I believe that it's the right thing to do and because I feel everyone deserves a second chance from God! I am active among my friends as a voice in the crowd who says what he feels is right. I have often stuck up for myself because I feel that if I don't defend my faith then it can't mean that much to me, and it does. I write, and have written things church related, someday I hope to add to the hymnal my own hymn or two.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No, the Mormon church helps everyone with things they need. We give generously to all humanitarian aid, and currently have a lot of aid going to places like Haiti. We give to everyone without asking questions, as long as they are in need. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision is one of my favorite stories. It's the story of a young boy only fourteen years old who had enough faith that he was able to see God the Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith lived in the time of a great religious upheaval. Everyone was nervous about their eternal soul. Joseph kinda felt like the Methodists were right but wasn't sure. He was reading his scriptures one day and found James 1:5-6 Joseph decided that this was what he must do, so the next day he went out into the woods and prayed to the Lord asking which of the churches he should join. As he finished he was overcome by a powerful dark spirit which could only have been the Devil trying to dissuade him. But Joseph cried out for the Lord to help him and Suddenly a light descended, Brighter far than noonday sun, And a shining glorious pillar o´er him fell around him shone While appeared two heav’nly beings, God the Father and the Son, “Joseph, this is my Beloved Hear him!” Oh, how sweet the word! Joseph´s humble prayer was answered And he listened to the Lord Oh, what rapture filled his bosom, For he saw the living God I can only imagine what he must have felt. What overpowering joy he must have felt to not only know of a surety that God exists but to know he loves us and still speaks to us today. This story is my favorite because I know that the Lord still lives. I know He loves me. I know He still speaks to us and guides this church. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

This question is very near and dear to my heart. I am a poet, as I've stated above and therefore romance and love to me are eternal and always have been. Why then should marriage be temporary? God has married our Heavenly Mother and they are still married in heaven. We have been created in His image and have to potential to inherit His glory. Why then would we not be allowed the same eternal marriage that He and our Mother have? This question is one I've never had to ask myself because marriage can be eternal. When you find the man or woman whom you love you can be sealed in the temple and live with them forever in holy matrimony. No more of this "'Til death do you part" nonsense. Mormons marry "For time and all eternity." which I believe is exactly how it should be. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father and Jesus Christ. We praise Joseph Smith as a prophet of God but saying that we worship him would be like saying that Jewish people worship Moses. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is important to church members because we believe that families are not just meant to be an earthly thing. Heavenly Father is just that, our Father. We were born into families because the Father wanted us to learn this eternal principle. Mormons aren''t married "Til death do you part" we''re married "For time and all eternity" Therefore we believe that it''s very important to love and cherish your family because you can live with them forever. If you believe that you're going to be with them longer than you can ever imagine, then how important is it to love them all the more? Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

The church does not practice polygamy. Any member found to be in a plural marriage is excommunicated. The church believes that we should follow the laws of the land in every way and therefore since plural marriage is illegal the church no longer practices it. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

We need to have faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer and in His Father as our Father and God in heaven. Without this faith it doesn't really matter what we believe because it will never be more than a fleeting thought. Trust in Him and he will help you. But in order to trust Him you need to have faith. James 1:5-6 says "If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not. But let him ask in faith nothing wavering for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed" This shows we can recieve answers if we simply trust that we will. The Lord wants to help us and all he asks is that we have faith that he can. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

We believe the Bible to be the word of God as recorded by His prophets throughout the history of the world. We believe that it tells us the history of His children from Adam down to Christ's mortal ministry and death. We therefore believe that it's extremely important because if we can't learn from history what good does it do to have history. So we read and learn from it's pages to help us know how to live our lives more in harmony with the will of God. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A Stake is a group of congregations or "Wards." We divide out our wards and stakes by geographical boundaries and place people in them according to where they live. A ward is an extension of the family pretty much. We believe that we are all spiritual brothers and sisters and therefore we believe that we are all spiritual family. Hence when we meet together we call each other brother and sister. It's used as a term of endearment. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

The word Christian implies that one believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of the world. In that sense we are most definitely Christian! We don't believe the commonly accepted Trinity theory though. Instead we believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate distinct beings united in one eternal purpose which is "To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." We believe in the same "Christian Morals" that other religions believe in. We love our Lord with all of our hearts and we believe that He is our Father and we will return to live in his presence. I know these things are true. I know that Jesus died for all of us on the Cross, whether we accept it or not. I know the Father loved us so much that he sent his Firstborn Son to redeem us from ourselves. I know it. After knowing our feelings on Christ if you still feel we're not Christian then I guess you're entitled to your opinion. I believe the only One who can judge us is our Eternal Father. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

The Twelve were chosen by Christ to lead his church in his absence. However the Apostles being mortal eventually died. In the books of Acts they replace Judas with Matthias. Therefore showing that the Twelve is a number which, representing the twelve tribes of Israel, is meant to continue and to be supplemented as members die out. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

The first thing that many people ask is why do we need to stop it? Why is it so bad? Who does it really hurt? Well to answer that we have to look at what it does to people. Pornography teaches that the body is nothing more than an object. It distorts the image we have of the opposite sex and it makes it very difficult to regain any confidence in one's self as a good person. As a person falls into a pornography addiction it feels good at first. It's even enjoyable, but after a little while he (Or she) realizes that their ability to control themselves diminishes. So when it comes to why pornography needs to stop while it may not be obvious it becomes more so when we realize that it does in fact hurt more than anyone else the person who indulges. The images that the person sees become ingrained in their mind and they can never get rid of them. The devil calls on these memories all the time. The person may have been clean of the addiction for years and one day out of nowhere something triggers a memory. As to how to stop the spread we need to realize that although its a touchy subject more than 80% of youth by age 16 have been exposed to it. If you treat it as an awkward thing that only happens to awkward or creepy people you've lost the battle. Remember that this problem can happen to anyone and we need to be ready and willing to take them by the hand and pull them out because by the time anybody finds out they usually can't pull themselves out alone. But there is always hope! Show more Show less