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Hi I'm Chuck

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 53 year old father of 3, grandfather of three with one on the way. Both of my daughters are married, and I have a son who recently completed a mission. I am employed in Public Service and enjoy cycling, hiking and a yearly Thanksgiving football game. Yes, thats me and Brother Brigham. This was taken while visiting St.George, Utah with my wife last year.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of the truthfullness of the gospel. I know that there is a Heavenly Father who is literally our Father. His son, Jesus Christ came to this earth and Atoned for my sins. He died and was resurrected and is the Living Head of His Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Joseph Smith is the prophet of this dispensation and saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. He translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. The Book of Mormon is true, and as Joseph Smith said, is the Keystone of our Religion. President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's Prophet on the earth today. I hearby testify to the truthfullness of this in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I guess the best way to describe how I live my faith, is that I sincerely try my hardest to obey those commandments we have been given, I attend Church every week, try my best to fulfill the callings and assignment I have been given and to live up to all of the covenants I have made, both at my baptism and at the temple. I attend the temple as often as I can. I try to be the best husband, father and grandfather I can be. I am human and make many mistakes, but thankfully through repentance and the atonement, I am able to continue to progress and work towards becoming the son my Heavenly Father wants me to be. Currenlty I am our Ward's High Priest Group Leader. This gives me the opportunity to work with many experienced members and learn from their experience and examples. I enjoy serving with them and also helping members both in this calling, and as a home teacher. I currently have 4 families I am assigned to home teach, which calling I hold sacred. I love each of the families and try my best to be a good home teacher.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Chuck
Heavenly Father created all we have and, therfore everything rightfully belongs to Him. He asks that we return only 10% of our increase to Him as an offering of gratitude.   Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Chuck
Based on the testimony of Joseph Smith and other Scriptual evidence Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings with one purpose. Both Heavenly Father and Jesus have glorified bodies. We are in actuality created in their image. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. Heavenly Father is literally the Father of our spirits. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Chuck
Upon death our spirits go to one of two places until they are resurrected or reunited with a glorified perfect immortal body. Righteous spirits go to a place of rest called Paradise where they will continue to learn and be given assignments such as missionary work to other spirits. Those that lived unrighteously go to a place called Spirit Prison. Those spirits in Spirit Prison will still have the opportunity to listen to the gospel and accept it. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Chuck
The secret to this is simple. First have a sincere desire to find out for yourself. Pray for the answer to be given to you. Then read the Book of Mormon and ask if it is true. Begin with Moroni, the last book in the Book of Mormon. Read Chapter 10 versus 3-5. This gives a promise of how to know if the Book of Mormon is true. If you do this and sincerely seek to find out I promise you will get a good feeling and will know it is true. From there you will realize that no human, especially one with very little education such as Joseph Smith could have written this book without the help of God. From there, make contact with missionaries from the Church who are in your local area. Listen to them and pray earnestly to know whether what they tell you is true. As you do this the Holy Ghose will testify to you that "Mormonism" is true and you will begin to gain a testimony. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Chuck
The priesthood is God's authority given to man to do his work. Priesthood is eternal, though the priesthood has not always been present on earth. It is through the priesthood that we are authorized to baptise and give the gift of the Holy Ghost. Through the priesthood families are sealed together as eternal families. Through the priesthood revelation is received to guide us in our lives. There are two levels of priesthood, the Aaronic and the Melchizidek. The Aaronic, or lower priesthood gives the authority to baptise and to minister in temporal things. This is the priesthood that wasgiven to Aaron and his sons asmentioned in the Old Testament. The Melchizidek, or higher priesthood holds the higher authority asnoted above. In our dispensation, the priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith step by step. John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and restored the Aaronic Priesthood. The Melchizidek Priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery by Peter, James and John who were first given the priesthood directly from Jesus Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration as noted in the New Testament. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Chuck
The First Vision refers to the appearance of God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith in what we call the Sacred Grove. When Joseph was 14 years old he desired to know what church he should join. He was confused by the many different churches in existence at the time and how they seemed to contradict each other. After reading James 1:5 which said if any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God...and it shall be given unto him. Joseph went to the Sacred Grove which was near his family farm near Palmyra, New York to ask Heavenly Father which church to join. While he was there Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ both appeared to him in a pillar of light. Jesus Christ told Joseph not to join any church at that time but that he had a great work to do. In that first appearance, Joseph learned the true nature of God and that both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were separate persons with glorified bodies of flesh and bone. Show more Show less