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Hi I'm Chal

I grew up in the Western United States. My wife and I with our 3 kids, adopted a little boy from Brooklyn NY. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raise in an LDS home with 4 brothers and a sister. I feel like we had a pretty good, close knit family. I served a mission for the LDS in Idaho and Oregon. I have a bachelors degree in History with a minor in Philosopy. My masters degree is in Psycology, Counseling and Human Relations. I teach high school, grades 9-12. I have been able to do so some traveling, including 3 trips to the Holy Land (Israel, Egypt and Jordan). One of those was a 6 month stint where I lived in Jerusalem. I love going to new places, learning the history and culture of those places. I enjoy reading, and like all kinds of genres, from Louis Lamour westerns to John Grisham legal suspense. I am excited to certify to scuba dive, and likely by the time this is being read I will be PADI certified. I have always liked magic tricks, and love to show my children new tricks. Spending quality time with my family outdoors is always a favorite thing to do. I just showed them the Cedar Breaks in Southern UT, what beautiful grand place.

Why I am a Mormon

Over time and through faith based experiences I have come to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Through the same process of faith I have learned that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church here on earth. I was born to a mother and father who faithfully worshipped Heavenly Father as members of this church. But there came a time in life that I came to that knowledge for myself. I am a Latter-day Saint because I feel my Savior's love and his peace as I worship him and Heavenly Father. I am a Latter-day Saint because the Savior has given us once more a living Prophet on the earth, just as he did in ancient times. Joseph Smith Jr. first, and through time Thomas S. Monson has been called to lead the church, as Jesus' mouthpiece here on the earth. I try to live my life in a way that my Heavenly Father would have me. I want to be a true disciple of Christ, and in so doing he has asked us in John 14:15, 'if ye love me keep my commandments.' I love my Savior, and so I strive to keep his words. Through his Grace I am saved.

How I live my faith

As a member of a church where no one gets paid, we are give assignments, called callings. My calling is with the 14 to 15 year old boys, both the Sunday/Spiritual side of Church, as well as the activity arm of our young men’s program, the Boy Scouts of America. I along with 3 other men, I am an advisor to this age of boys. We prepare and pray for and teach the young men. We help them plan, and over see their plans for youth activities and high adventure Scout outings. Currently we are planning to PADI Certify Scuba Dive, with a trip next summer to scuba dive off the coast of Catalina Island CA. Also our boys are preparing for the Territorial Days, Mountain Man Rendezvous that is held in the White Mountains in AZ. Ultimately any activity, physical, mental, spiritual are to teach these boys and help convert them to be disciples of Jesus Christ. I also am what we call a Home Teacher, to 3 families in our ward (a small geographical area/ congregation). As a home teacher I visit with and minister to these families so they may continue on the path towards our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Truly the blessings are not those families that I meet with and teach, but are mine as I really am able to spend some incredible time with some incredible people.

What is the priesthood?

Chal
The priesthood is the authority to act in the name of God. With righteousness then through the priesthood comes God's power to bless the lives of the people it is being used for. Heavenly Father uses those with the priesthood as instruments to accomplish is work and will. Those who hold the priesthood are duty bound to serve faithfully all of God's children. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Chal
I believe that it is in and through the Savior Jesus Christ that I can be forgiven of my sin and saved to live in his and our Heavenly Father's presence. Through my faith in Jesus, and repentance of my sins I will be completely forgiven. His power and atonement, (the sacrifice he made in the Garden of Gethsemane, and on the Cross at Calvary) are complete and infinite, and they can cover anyone willing to seek him through faith and repentance. He has also given us commandments, and as we love him, we will be obedient to those commands. John 14:15, 'if ye love me, keep my commandments'. The greater love and understanding I have of Jesus Christ, the more I will seek to repent and keep his commandments. But it is in and through His infinite sacrifice that I am able to be saved. Show more Show less