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Hi I'm Charles

I grew up in Southern California, am a former figure skating coach, operations analyst and father of six. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am on my third career as a machinist, following professional figure skating coach and HR Operations Analyst for a now defunct bank - boring! My wife and I have six kids, one of whom is a girl. She is the princess with the brass knuckles. I am a convert who has tasted the bitterness of a worldly life and the sweet joy of gospel teachings. I am also middle-aged, enjoying our last innocent child as our oldest leaves the nest to commence the next generation of our family. I am grateful for the togetherness my family shares as a result of applying gospel teachings in our home.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to the Church in my early 30's after a long search for something to fill a spiritual void in my life. I met a woman who had a special quality that I could not identify, but knew I wanted for myself. I realized that many of my friends as early as junior high had that same quality. When the missionaries came over, I realized it was the Church that they all had in common. And each of them had a special countenance from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and allowing it to change their hearts. My heart has since realized a fantastic change over the years, too, and my life has acquired a priceless quality I could never have created for myself. I am grateful to that wonderful woman, now my wife, and the Savior Jesus Christ whose kind love is the centerpiece of our family.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my local ward as a ward missionary. That means that in addition to my full-time careers as a father, husband and employee, I also teach those in my community who want to learn more about Jesus Christ and His restored church. With so many important responsibilities, this can be a challenge sometimes. And when I feel exhausted at the end of the day, or a long week, I have learned that the Lord will step in and help you accomplish the righteous things you desire in your heart. That is one of His many promises to those who choose to follow Him earnestly. Serving in this way is a special priviledge when you meet someone at that special time in their lives when they are seeking answers that only the Lord can provide. He knows each of us, personally. He knows what you need, when you need it and in just the right amounts. It is a wonderful thing when He works through us to accomplish His work for our brothers and sisters and allows us to be a part of that.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons strive to follow the examples set by Jesus Christ. During his earthly ministry, the Lord helped all those who humbly sought His help. In fact, the Lord helped more gentiles than Jews. Today, Mormons serve openly in their community wherever their service is welcomed. Wouldn't you? Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

The Law of Chastity is a commandment to keep yourself sexually clean. For those who are not married, that means to abstain completely from any sexual activity. For those who are married, sexual relations are expressed only to your spouse to whom you are legally married. Engaging in sexual activity with whomever you want, when you want, whether you are married or not, sounds like having freedom. But the consequences of exercising that "sexual freedom" outside of marriage are devastating to individuals and to families. Consider the years of heartbreak that result from teen or other unplanned pregnancy, or an extra-marital affair. These are not paths to a joyful life. And they are all easily avoidable by practicing the Law of Chastity. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

We typically "dress up" for Sunday sacrament services as a way of showing respect for the Lord when we visit His chapel. Men typically wear suits and ties and women typically wear dresses. "But what if the best I have is jeans and a t-shirt?" I am pretty sure that the Lord would be much happier to see you in church wearing jeans than to not see you at all. The most important thing is to bring a humble heart and a desire to show your love for Him, no matter how it is dressed on the outside. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Mormon was a prophet and historian who lived in the Americas around the year 400 A.D. He was the custodian of a great library of sacred scrolls, plates and other writings that contained the sacred history of God's dealings with the Jews in the Americas beginning around 600 B.C. The Book of Mormon is a collection of a few of these sacred books, which Mormon himself selected from this great, ancient library. Some of the highlights of The Book of Mormon include: 600 B.C.: the prophet Lehi flees Jerusalem with his family at God's command. His son builds a ship and they sail "the great waters" and land in the Americas. 150 B.C.: the prophet Abinadi testifies of Christ before a wicked King. He is burned at the stake for refusing to deny the Christ. His words convert a wicked priest, Alma, who flees the wicked king and starts a church of Jesus Christ in the wilderness. A.D. 34: the resurrected Jesus Christ appears to His people in the Americas. He establishes His Church, blesses the children and teaches His gospel to the people. A.D. 400: wickedness & war consume all of the people, leaving only Mormon and his son, Moroni, as the only followers of Christ on the face of the earth. A.D. 421: Moroni watches his prophet father, Mormon, die in the wars. He sets out alone to hide the collection of sacred writings and preserve the history of his people. He buries the plates with God's promise that they will be brought forth in the latter days for the salvation of future generations. Show more Show less