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Hi I'm Charles

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 68 year old retired public school teacher and coach. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching human anatomy & physiology and biology for almost 40 years to high school age students. Coaching basketball was what initially attracted me to teaching, but teaching science became my love. Not that I didn't love basketball. I did, and still do! I also coached track and tennis. I had the special opportunity of spending a summer at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory working as an assistant with a medical research team. The insights I came back with enriched my class room teaching and renewed my desire be an effective teacher. I love the interactions I have with former students, now adults with families. Everywhere I go I seem to bump into someone who re-introduces themself to me and reminds me of our time together in the class room. As a youth, I was blessed with good teachers and coaches. I am thankful to have been able to fill that role for other youth. I still enjoy shooting hoops, playing racketball or tennis, and gardening. Nothing tastes as good as fresh veggies from my own garden. I married my high school sweetheart. We've made it through 47 years together. She's still the "sunshine" of my life. We have seven grown children and twenty grandchildren. My family is my "Why?"

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fifth generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My life is so very blessed by the choices made by those who came before me who first accepted the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. While I have been raised up in the Church, I have my own strong feelings about being a Mormon. The doctrines and teachings of the Church for me are simple and sensible. They just feel right. There is no mystery about who God is or what my relationship with Him is. When I pray to Him, I know He is my Heavenly Father, the literal father of my spirit. I know He loves me. He knows everything about me. He truly listens to my heartfelt expressions of gratitude and to my pleadings for His help. He always lets me know in very personal ways that He is there for me. I know that Jesus Christ is His holy Son. He is my Savior and Redeemer. It is because of what He did for me that I know I will be able to come back into their presence when I have completed my time on earth. Because I know God is my Father, I also know that all of mankind are really my spirit brothers and sisters. We are all a part of the Family of God. Remembering this important fact helps me a lot in my interactions with others. I am thankful for a solid, unchanging anchor to attach my life to. Even when things around me may be difficult, I find my peace in the assurances that come from Him. I know He knows, and because of that, He will see me through it, come what may.

How I live my faith

As do other adult men in the Church, I help watch over a small group of families/individuals, assuring they are well, and that their physical and spiritual needs are being met. I visit with them regularly, checking on them, and sharing uplifting teachings from the holy scriptures. On Sundays I am a leader for a group of adult men, sometimes teaching them, sometimes just conducting our meeting. Men in our group are often called upon to help people move, to serve at our humanitarian center, to transport individuals who do not have their own means of getting about. We find joy in reaching out and lifting the elderly, the lonely, the lost, as well as those individuals and families who are just living their lives happily, one day at a time. I serve in the Mormon Temple near where I live. The sacred work done there is for all of Heavenly Father's children who will prepare themselves and come. I am interested in doing family history work, in knowing better those wonderful individuals were who went before me, who paved the way for me to have the fulfilling life that I have. I am very thankful to them. I enjoy reading the holy scriptures and the teachings of God's prophets down through time, especially in our time. My wife and I are presently in the process of doing our preparatory ground work to serve a full-time mission for the Church. We anticipate being ready by summer or fall of 2012.