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Hi I'm Chuck

I'm a dad, a grandpa, an engineer, a big-rig truck driver, a musician, a photographer and a video creator and yes, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in southeastern Idaho, just a few months before the Normandy invasion. I was raised on a farm, served an LDS mission in southern Brazil, married a sweet lady, got an engineering degree, designed difficult digital devices for thirty years, did my part in raising six sons and four daughters who are now raising, what soon will be, thirty-four children of their own. I spent more than half of those thirty years on temporary contract assignments, having to spend ten of those seventeen years living by myself away from the family. It wasn't any fun. It wasn't what we had expected, but we are satisfied that there was a divine purpose in it, and we are grateful for all of God's in memorable lessons in our lives. After my engineering career ended, I drove a big rig truck for about a year and a half, for about 152,000 miles, passing through all but two of the contiguous United States. I then worked as a security officer for 4 1/2 years, then retired in December of 2009. My dear companion had passed away from cancer just two months before. Earlier, in my copious spare time, I had taught myself quite a bit of the business of web design. In the last two years I have learned much of Flash movie design and creation of high-resolution videos. Most of our family members live close by me, and we get together once a month for a family evening break fast, which we greatly enjoy. There are no illusions of even mortal perfection impending, but we're trying to move forward.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the LDS Church for three main reasons. 1. I was raised well. My dad died before I was even five years old, and so I don't remember much about him. I and my two brothers on our sister were raised mainly by my widow mother. I'm absolutely sure that she lived all those years under a feeling of crushing inadequacy, but she did a great job. Her instruction was simple and basic, but it created for us the foundations of the lives we have lived and that we continue to enjoy. It's a tough thing to be raised without a dad, as many others will attest. Probably because of that, my next younger brother and I each spent a few of our high school years living with other families, I with an esteemed ex-bishop and his wife, and my brother with an aunt and uncle. They greatly added to what our mother had accomplished before that. 2. I made a conscious and deliberate decision to accept, to embrace, and to commit my life to the Restored Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as it is available through his church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In spite of my conversion being significantly different from those who come into the church from other backgrounds and traditions, it was a process of conversion nonetheless. It was not quick and dramatic but rather very gradual and it took place over many years. It's fair to say that it continues even now. 3. I continue to be sustained, supported, strengthened and encouraged by my Dear, Kind Heavenly Father and by his Amazing Son, My Savior Jesus Christ. They communicate with us by way of the third separate and distinct member of the Godhead, even the Holy Ghost. Even though they bless us in countless ways and by means and methods almost completely unfathomable to our understanding, it is to them that we owe and I freely render all my thanks and gratitude. I'm also greatly appreciative of countless and nameless others persons, mortal and post-mortal, for all of the good that they have done.

How I live my faith

Over the last fifty years, I've had the privilege of serving in several capacities, mainly instructional and in choral and congregational music. In the church, we serve simply for the privilege of that service, with not the slightest consideration of any economic reward. Associating with our fellow believers, even though they, like the rest of us, are far from perfect, the work that we do with them and for them is accompanied by a rich outpouring of God's love upon us. It's interesting how many times it has happened, that when we have gone to the aid of others, hoping possibly to lift them up in their times of difficulty, it seems that the charges are reversed and that we are the ones who receive the greater blessings. My current assignment is as the music director for our congregation. My task is to choose hymns corresponding to the assigned topics of our Sacrament Meetings and to conduct the congregational singing in those meetings. I clearly feel God's inspiration upon me as I make those selections and, based on some of the comments I have received, I have some good reason to believe that my efforts are having at least a small positive impact upon the people that I so greatly love.