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Hi I'm Charlie

I grew up in Maine. I'm a retired building contractor. I enjoy fishing, hiking, and writing a survival column, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert to the LDS church. I grew up going to a baptist church in my home town. I was baptized in the LDS church in 1971. I have a BFA degree in creative writing. I love reading westerns and listening to old country music, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Johnny Horton and.... I love the outdoors, the mountains lakes and rivers; they just seem to beacon me. I write an outdoor survival column, teach outdoor survival, and maintain a section of the Appalachian trail. As for my work-a-day life, I'm a retired building contractor.

Why I am a Mormon

Between my parents teachings, and growing up as a partially faithful member of the baptist church, I had a religious base, that is to say, I grew up believing in, "God the Eternal Father, and in his Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." My conversion story, shortened, started, in 1968-69, while I was serving in Vietnam. During the TET Offensive I prayed and told God that if he would let me live through that night and through Vietnam that I'd go to church the rest of my life. A few days later I found myself in another, unknown to me at the time, life threatening situation. I was by myself testing weapons when I literally heard a voice say to me, "Throw your weapons in the back of the truck and leave now." I looked all around to see who spoke, but no one was there. I looked up and said, outloud, "He wouldn't speak to me I'm just one person." I turned to continue firing when the same voice said the very same words, and said it in such a way so as to let me know if I didn't leave right then, I never would, alive, that is. At that instant, I knew from whence the voice came, of that there was no question, and I obeyed in the instant. At that point I no longer just believed in a living God, I knew there was a living God, and that he was watching over me. A week after I returned from Nam I got married and three weeks later I left for Fort Gordon Georgia, leaving my new wife behind. My new company commander treated me like I was his own son. He helped me find a rent that was within my budget and I went home and got Marie. We moved in right beside a Mormon family. The rest is history. I don't have the space to relate it all, if I did you would know that my finding that rent was by direct inspiration. God was helping me keep my promise, that is, "to go to church the rest of my life." There were too many circumstances that led me to that house to be anything but inspiration. It was the best decision I ever made. The Lord's church was back on earth and He led me to it.

How I live my faith

I have always been active in the church. I've served in many positions, Branch President, Sunday School teacher, and many other callings. My wife and I are now serving as Family History Missionaries. I am also serving as a branch clerk while she serves in Primary teaching the kids. I love the gospel. It is my life. I do not simply believe that the Book of Mormon is true, I tell anyone who reads this that I KNOW that it is true. I know the church is true. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a Prophet of God. I know without any equivication that Joseph Smith did, indeed, see the Father and the Son, standing side by side in a pillar of light. And I testify to the world that he did. I tell you that no man who undertakes to seriously study the Book of Mormon with "full purpose of heart" can read it without coming to know of its truthfulness. I bear you my solemn withness that all I have testified it true and accurate. This church is true. Thomas S. Monson is our present day prophet. He is called of God. He is the Moses of our day.