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Hi I'm Charlie

I grew up in San Francisco. I've taught Japanese, fronted a rock band, and worked to create a snow ski theme park. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I combined 9 children and raised them mostly in Texas. We now have 17 grandchildren living in several states and love to visit as often as we can. I graduated from BYU with a major in Japanese and a minor in Chinese and have lived in 5 states as well as overseas. I love music, sports, art, good movies, reading, and camping - particularly when I can enjoy them with my family. I and my 5 siblings were raised by wonderful parents who taught us Christian principles through word and example. I've had the opportunity to teach at a university, work for a division of the Department of Defense as a japanese linguist in Maryland, write and perform music for many years in Los Angeles, manage several regions for 2 merchant point of sale processing companies for 17 years, and try to develop a year round ski theme park in Dallas Texas. I have been active in my church all my life and love the principles it has taught me and my family. I love attending the Temple wherever I have lived and serving in any capacity where I am needed. I have the most talented and supportive wife and exceptional children and granchilren. I am so blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I was raised in a city and at a time when the "hippie movement" was in full bloom, and the pressures from peers to participate in activities unbecoming an LDS member were strong. Thanks to guidance from caring church leaders, amazing parents, and strong LDS youth friends, I fortunately came through the experience without getting involved. I served a mission in Japan, and during that time recieved an undeniable witness to my spirit that this church is absolutely true, and that the young prophet Joseph Smith saw what he saw (The Father and The Son), translated a sacred book of scripture, and spent his entire life trying to bring souls to Christ. Joseph truly followed the example of the Savior in forgetting himself and lifting others. I know with certainty that this church has a living prophet at it's head today, along with 12 apostles, just as the Lord did in ancient times to oversee the affairs of it's members and reach out to all the people of the earth. I am so thankful that I have had the church as a standard to raise my own children. It is exactly what the world needs today to bring families, communities, and countries back together.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed spending time in service. My father set a high standard for service to others, always willing to "give the shirt off his back". I have tried to emulate him and love the scripture in the Book of Mormon which says "when you are in the service of your fellow beings you are only in the service of your God." My wife and I truly enjoy frequent Temple service, service to friends, family, and the community. I have also loved the LDS church's "home teaching" program which encourages me to visit families each month and assist them with any needs they may have - physical or spiritual. I have seen great change in many people through that program throughout my life. I have also tried my best to share the beautiful message of the gospel with friends and non affiliated family members, and my wife has been a great example to me in this area as well. We have also enjoyed gathering family history information to bring to the Temple, as her family has no members of the church. We still have a long way to go! I have loved working with the youth and have taught for many years. What a reward it has been to see so many of them grow into happy and productive adults with wonderful families of their own!