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Hi I'm Chuck

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Who am I? I'm a son, a brother, a husband, father, and grandfather. My wife and I met at college and have been married 34 years. We have 5 children: 3 girls and 2 boys, and 4 grandchildren – with 2 more on the way! I have worked in the telecommunications industry since 1980, and recently started helping my wife with real estate, as well. I love just about anything outdoors, but especially boating, camping, hiking, and golf.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by wonderful parents, who did their best to teach me correct principles, and the basic tenets of Christianity. I was active in the Baptist church up until about the age of 15, when I began to have more and more questions about life and religion (like many of us do at that age); questions which my pastor and youth leaders were unable to answer. As a result, I began to drift away from the Baptist church, and look elsewhere for answers. Unfortunately, this "redirection" took place in the mid-60's, and my search took me onto paths I should have avoided. After a few years of tumutuous (riotous?) living, I began contemplating just what I was going to do with the rest of my life. The only thing I knew for sure was that I did NOT want to continue on in my present course... My thoughts once again began to turn towards religion and "truth. It was at this time – almost by accident – that my brother introduced me to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Plan of Salvation for all mankind. For me, that very first time I learned of the Plan was like finding the missing piece of a giant jigsaw puzzle! It made complete and perfect sense! In spite of my lifestyle over the past few years, I knew immediately that it was true. I felt it resonate to my very core. Within two weeks of this "introduction", in July of 1971 and at the age of 19, I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was a pivotal moment in my life – one that has made all the difference in my personal search for truth and happiness. Just a year after my baptism I was called to serve a mission to France, teaching others what I had so recently learned myself. 40 years have passed since that "pivotal moment", and while there have been ups and downs, good times and bad, never have I doubted or regretted my decision. I know as surely today as I did then that this is His Gospel and His church.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about our Church is the opportunity to serve in so many diverse capacities. Since there is no paid ministry, all active members are privileged to administer, teach, and lead others. Most have never done anything like this in their lives, so it is a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow. In addition to serving a full-time mission to France for 24 months, I have been able to serve in numerous positions within the Church organization, including: Sunday School teacher, Youth leader, social activities chairman, clerk, counselor, and bishop – to name a few! I also enjoy providing community service, such as feeding the homeless, cleaning depressed neighborhoods, organizing September 11 commemorative services, blood drives, helping with local elections, and much, much more.