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Hi I'm Charles

I'm an older brother, a son, and a brother-in-law. I have a duty to be an example to my siblings. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Mexican-American, and I love to play soccer and play games. I love teaching in general, and have been attending Moorpark College for three semesters. I'm about to go on a mission, although I have a week to put in my papers, Yikes. I'm the second oldest of five kids, with my older sister married already (crazy). I love culture, primarily the asian cultures of Japan and China. Someday, I will visit them and who knows, maybe even become a teacher overseas?

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church with both my parents being members. I've lived most of my life going to church and witnessing countless testimonies of members. I don't remember a lot of my childhood, but I do remember being baptized and confirmed, as well as being ordained to the three offices of Deacon, Teacher, and Priest. It had always been difficult for me to pick up the scriptures and read, as I often found myself being pulled to the technology side of video games and computers. I hadn't developed a testimony for myself when I was young, so I left my soul open to the wolves of middle and high school temptations. Having no foundation, I found myself constantly making wrong choices to which I ultimately left my parents house due to conflicts with my parents. I never knew what love was, as it wasn't apparent in the home I lived in. I found a very generous friend who gave of his own home and took me in for a month. It was then that I remembered how much I missed my own family, and when I was given the chance, I returned home. Realizing the care my parents had for me I tried to live under the circumstances I was given, trying to be good. But my soul was still filled with the darkness that had never been forgiven. I knew what I had to do, but I was a coward and couldn't find it in myself to go back to church. Then a phone call came, and lo and behold a new bishop in my old ward was called and an appointment was setup in order to meet him. I had a few days, so what time I had I pondered "Is this it? Am I going to run away from my troubles? Will I ever stop deceiving people and just embrace the love I knew was there?" I determined that it was time. Time to forgive as well as ask for it. The time came for me to find the Savior, however, it was hard because I still made some dire mistakes even after I made these righteous decisions. But I learned for myself that The Gospel is true, and the power of the Atonement is real. I was born into the church. I fell away for a few years and then came back. Just because you've known the church your whole life doesn't mean you're converted, I learned that you still have to ask our Heavenly Father if His Gospel is true. And it is.

How I live my faith

I hadn't made the commitment before when I was younger to go on a mission. As I sorted my life out, I still had the chance to make the decision whether to go on a mission or not. Now, as I've been living a more spiritual life, I know it's not a question that needs answering anymore because it's rhetorical. I'm now days before I'm able to turn in my papers. I told myself (and everyone around me) that if I did decide to go on a mission, it would be when I was ready. Now, I am.