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Hi I'm Charles

No one seeks persecution. I however saught thuth that's why I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a writer, although unpublished. I played golf for four years in high school, and I am now serving a full-time mission for the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Christian, however in my youth our church started to veer off what my parents understood as the path of Jesus Christ, embracing doctrine contrary to our understanding of the teachings of the savior. This led my family to search for a new church home. We then started attending a church that was not far from our home, although we were never offically members. I was content with that faith for many years, until I learned more of the doctrine of the our church, and the alterations to the doctrine that the church leaders were making. At this point I was wondering whether or not organized religion as a whole was corrupt, I still attanded the chruch, but I had grown unhappy with the doctrine. Then I started attending the college near my home where I met my current best friend, who happens to be a Mormon. One day I accepted his invitation to something called a Friday Forum, at Institute, (we have a guest speaker and a free lunch). At the time he was dating a non-member who didn't like Institute so he only went if he had a good reason. Not long after his invitation I left, growing weary of the foolishness of my "pals" in the cafeteria. My friend thought that I went home, so he didn't have a reason to go to Institute. I didn't go home, I went across the street to the Insitute building. It was quite uncomfortable there without my friend, since I really didn't know any people, until the guest speaker showed up. The guest speaker was a friend of mine from High School who had just returned from his mission to the Phillipines, and this was his return adress to Institute. I felt something that I had never before felt, and had to learn more. That day, the Missionaries happened to be at the Institute building, their ride had dropped them off, had said "see you in an hour" and then the person whom their lesson was with canceled. So they had a lesson with me. They set me up with an lesson with the missionaries closer to my home, and I commited to baptism the first lesson.

How I live my faith

Many blessings flow to those who serve in any capacity of the church. I have held several callings, or several serving positions in the church in the short time that I have been a member. Several of the callings I have been suprised that I was given them, not knowing how I could have time or had enough experience to fulfill them to the best degree that was possible. However "I did as the Lord commanded me, for I knew that the Lord would give no commandment unto the children of men that he would prepare a way for them to accomplish them" 1Nephi 3:7 (paraphrased)

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Charles
The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began when a 14 year old boy kneeled down in a grove of trees behind his family farm in Palmyra New York. He was praying to his Father in Heaven to know which church to join, for he saw that there were many churches and they all read the same scripture in different ways. Heavenly Father gave him one of the most unique answers to prayer since the time of Jesus Christ. In his own words he said that "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun that descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defied all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, pointing to the other, 'Joseph, this is my beloved Son, hear him.'" I know that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father personally visted Joseph Smith in that grove in the spring of 1820, for I prayed about this very occurance only a few years ago and I recieved a spiritual witness of the truthfulness of these things. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Charles
After Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and returned to His Father's presence, it was left to the Apostles to attend to Christ's church here on the Earth. These Apostles had the authority given them by Jesus Christ to go forth and teach all nations about Jesus Christ and the true doctrines of Salvation. These Apostles also had the authority to grant this authority to others as they felt inspired by the Holy Ghost to do so. As the people began to harden their hearts to the teachings of the Apostles, the people began to kill them off and kill off those whom the Apostles had given the authority to teach and baptise for the remission of sins. Once all of thosse who had this authority given from Christ or given from Christ's Apostles had been killed, the authority that Christ had given the Apostles for the administration of the ordinances of salvation was lost. Once this authority was lost, many churches began to spring up that claimed that they had the truth about Christ's teachings and this began the period of time known as the Great Apostasy. The followers of Christ did indeed have the scriptures, however they lacked people who could administer the ordinances necessary for their salvation. The Great Apostasy and the lack of authority required that a Restoration be performed, not just a reformation, for a reformation would have resored the true doctrine of Christ if there had been his authority upon the Earth. Show more Show less