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Hi I'm Charles

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father and have worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for the last 33 years. I have enjoyed hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, fishing and photography as hobbies and recreational activities over the years. I am and have been involved in many volunteer activities such as scoutmaster, committee member, soccer coach, soccer referee, finance committee person of the school district board. I am currently serving on the board of directors of an agency that provides services and assistance to persons with developmental disabilities. I am quickly approaching that time in life when retirement from the insurance industry will occur and I will spend most of my time with family and volunteer activities.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was growing up I always had a belief in God. However, I wasn't able to really define God for my self nor did I really understand the purpose of the Messiah. I guess I would describe myself as having a belief in God, but not really having a faith or understanding of the purpose of God in my life. I joined with a number of protestant churches over the course of my teen years and attended other churches with friends. I enjoyed the activities, but never really connected on a belief level. I married while I was working my way through college. I was also divorced just prior to getting my bachelors degree. About a year or so after the divorce I starting questioning the purpose of my life and what I was all about. Possibly 6 months or so later I was assigned to train a new employee who happened to be a mormon man who had recently returned from a 2 year Church mission. Over the course of training him the topic of religion would sometimes arise. I was astounded by the information this young man was able to provide me that seemed to contain some of the answers to the questions on which I had been thinking. After many months I felt there was something that the mormons had that would be of benefit to me. I was asked if I wanted to have missionaries teach me and I consented. I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints some months later.

How I live my faith

As a mormon I am a regular at attending church and have been called to various positions of service in the Church over the years. I found that being a member provides far more opportunity for participation than I had ever had in my prior experiences with other churches. The Lord has become a much larger part of my life and service in His Church goes along with that as a necessary part of a Christian life. Family and family life is a key part of this way of life for me. I admit to being a very imperfect individual, but am pleased by the concepts taught by the Savior and emphasized through the Church that helps me in working to change and become a better person. In my case this is an obvious life long process. The challenges are many, the successes are many and the joy of the Lords forgiveness is wonderfull to experience. I am glad to have become a member and to be following the path He has provided for us. I enjoy and love those with whom I am traveling and I am thankful to have found this Church.