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Hi I'm Chuck

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in a little Town in Arizona. I have spent my business career as a real estate broker and entrepreneur

About Me

I am considered to be of retirement age, but I am happily engaged in my residential real estate practice. I am married to the same woman I fell in love with 45 years ago. We have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. My wife was able to stay at home during our childrearing years and support our very active children as they grew and developed their interests. Today, she is a stay at home grandma still supporting our children and their children. I am a college graduate, with musical, business, and psychology credits. I have run a Marathon in 4 hrs 20 minutes and have remained physically active my entire life, thus far. I love learning new things and have developed an interest in writing and plan to publish two books in the near future. My entrepreneurial pursuits have included real estate brokerage, new home construction, land development, christian bookstore ownership, lumber yard ownership, fast food franchise, metal building company, environmental consulting, gas station developer and investor, direct marketing independent owner, credit card sales, and retail shopping center developer. All these endeavors, financially successful or not, have combined to make me who I am today.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Methodist in a small Arizona town. I rang the church bell for the Pastor, lit the candles to start the service, and helped pass the collection plate. I have attendance pins showing 8 years of perfect attendance in Sunday School. When I was a teenager and involved in Boy Scouts, I wanted to progress to the rank of Eagle, but no one in my little church had ever advanced that far. So I started attending the LDS Boy Scout Troop with hopes of just advancing to Eagle rank, but I advanced much further than that. I did obtain my Eagle rank, along with being selected to the Order of the Arrow, but I also became attracted to the family culture within the LDS church. I sat in their worship service and listened to lay members ... young and old alike, preach as good a sermon as I had heard in my own church from our Pastor. I especially liked to hear from those young men either just going out or coming back from their missions, a 2-year commitment to leave family and friends at the age of 19 and go share their testimony and give service to complete strangers. Their stories captivated me. I knew then I wanted to be a missionary just like those young men. But life sort of got in the way and I enrolled in college and put aside my dreams of becoming a missionary for the time being. However, several months later those feelings returned, as did my interest in the LDS church. I started attending a local LDS church for college students and was soon requesting baptism in my hometown church, referred to as a "ward." One year later, I too put on a suit and tie and departed to Eastern Canada as a young missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There were many obstacles to overcome as my parents did not agree with my choices of giving up college scholarships and putting my musical talents on the shelf, but when I returned two years later, all was restored. This church and it's teachings are true, as taught by Jesus Christ ... this I declare

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not employ paid ministry workers at the local "ward" or local congregation. Therefore, there are lot's of opportunities to serve and gain valuable experience while doing so. For instance, I paid my own way for two years while serving as a missionary for the church in Eastern Canada. The experience of living in another country and learning to be in control of your time and actions was invaluable to me as a college student and later an entrepreneur and business owner. Learning to be interested in helping serve other people was a new experience for a basically selfish young man. Having to account for my time, keeping a study routine, and adhere to mission "rules" helped develop my personal character. I mixed with people of other faiths and learned that we are all God's children and that there is good in every religion. This has helped me integrate with my own extended family of various faiths as we support one another by attending important events and services. When our two boys reached the age to become boy scouts, I volunteered to be a scout leader, as well as a softball coach for both our son's and daughter's teams. Our two son's both achieved the rank of Eagle, thanks to their mom, dedicated scout leaders, and perhaps the example set before them. It truly does take a village or in our case our home ward (congregation) to raise a child. Our daughters advanced in the young womens programs offered by the church and have each become a lovely wife and mother, taking after their own mother. Today, our children are adults themselves, with children of their own. How thankful we are that God restored His church to earth so that we could have the blessings of baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Temple Marriage for time and all eternity.