Hi I'm Charles
I make music. I write with typewriters. I have a beard. I'm a Mormon.
Husband to a beautiful and wonderful woman and father of a cute and fun little girl. Aspiring musician and writer: I have played drums in several rock n roll and jazz bands and supported singer-songwriters at the amateur to semi-pro level. I have been writing songs recently, and am also working on a novel. Archivist by profession: I take care of historical manuscripts (mostly from the 20th century) in the southwestern United States. I also enjoy writing with typewriters and quill pens, sealing letters with wax, walking up and down mountains, learning about languages, drinking chocolate and eating chile.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the Church but like everyone I have had to find my own conviction ("testimony") and develop it as I have faced life's perplexities. The Book of Mormon has been the strongest factor in keeping my faith through the doubts that I have passed through. Since I was a teenager I have known that it is true. This has formed the foundation of my conviction and dedication to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And it has led me to Christ, reminded me of my debt to Him and the promises and rewards to faith that await beyond current doubts and frustrations. See John 6:68.
How I live my faith
I take care of the library in our local meetinghouse and oversee Sunday School classes in my local congregation (ward). Like nearly all men in the Church, I also am assigned to regularly visit and see to the needs of several families in the ward. I am trying to do this better.