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Hi I'm Charles

I'm a father. I'm a computer geek. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of a young family. I work full time and am going to night school. My profession is computer security. I like to use and contribute to open source. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, motorcycle riding, camping, fishing, target shooting, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

Through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I am able to learn and strive to live the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Seeking to live the gospel has brought me great joy that I could never obtain on my own. Studying the gospel has taught me my purpose here on earth, how to repent, and given me hope of eternal life. I've learned that my family is my most important pursuit and greatest source of joy. Responsibilities in the Church have given me opportunities to serve and grow.

How I live my faith

I pray and study the gospel daily so I can remain close to God and his Spirit. I try to keep the commandments. I work hard and I spend quality time with my family. I worship at the temple regularly. I lead efforts in our congregation to visit and care for the older families, including widows.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Charles
Christ established his Church for the perfection of his followers. His Church seeks to make all people Saints, not just a select few. He wants all worthy men to receive and exercise the “priesthood” or power to act in God’s name and perform official acts in the Church such as baptism. The vast majority of adult members of the Church have some sort of “calling” or responsibility. These responsibilities range from teaching to leadership. Responsibilities in the Church provide two key aspects that have been important to me. First, I’ve had opportunities to serve that I never would have known about or done on my own. For example, the home and visiting teaching program of Church is a program which aids members in fulfilling their responsibility to visit, teach, and strengthen other members of the Church through organized assignments. Fulfilling these assignments has allowed me to serve people I never would have otherwise, and as a result, receive great blessings. Second, through acting in official capacities in the Church I’ve had experiences that have helped me learn and increase my faith. For example, leadership in the Church requires seeking and gaining revelation from God on how act. These experiences prepare us to live with God after this life. One significant difference that corresponds to a lay clergy is that salvation becomes a more personal, family matter. For example, it is my duty and honor to baptize my children. Show more Show less