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Hi I'm Charlie

Hi, I'm a Mormon. I was baptized 1 month before my 9th birthday in April 1963 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About Me

Today, I'm married to a return missionary from Guatemala and have 10 children. My wife and I were sealed in the Arizona, Mesa Temple for all of time and eternity. I served my country in the United States Air Force in the 80's and also served as a missionary in the New Mexico Mission in the 70's. A large portion of my time is spent with my family and supporting my children's activities and being there for them and letting them know that I love them and care for them. I am currently a Substance Abuse Counselor and have a degree in Social Work serving the Native American population. I enjoy traveling and visiting with friends from my past and seeing the changes that we have gone through. I also enjoy returning home to Cambridge, Mass., for my high school reunion as a graduate from Cambridge High and Latin. I currently have a son serving in the Mission field who is enjoying time in the service of his God.

Why I am a Mormon

During my early years after I was baptized I didn't attend the church due to family challenges and being placed in a boy's home. The reason I didn't attend church while in the boy's home is that they didn't know of the existence of the Latter Day Saints and a church to send me to. The boy's home choose to send me across the street to a protestant church. Those were very challenging years to grow up without faith in God and being part of the sixties and seventies. After returning back to Cambridge to live with my father I graduated high school. After graduation and finding a job I traveled to California where my mother lived and ended up hitch hiking the state of CA and getting involved with the current times that the 70's promoted. After a year or so I converted into the Jesus movement of Southern CA Calvary Chapel with Pastor Chuck Smith and lived in a Christian commune called The Land of Love and Miracles. That was an interesting time in my life which led me back into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was during that time that I found answers to my questions: Where did I come from, Why am I here and Where am I going. I also saw the church in action through the eyes of a convert for the second time. I ended up in Utah and learned about the Priesthood, Relief Society, and the importance of doing the right thing for all the right reasons and not just following society and the temporal rules of life. I began to develop my spirituality and relationship with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. And, it was there that I began to understand that families could and would be forever through Heavenly Father's plan. Deep down inside I believed that families could be forever but never really understood how that would be made possible with statements like; "until death do us part". After my conversion back into the church that is when I decided to serve my fellow man and become a missionary and I was called to serve In the New Mexico Mission.

How I live my faith

Today, I have strong faith in my savior Jesus Christ and have served in the military, served a mission, and served in callings in the church. Over the years I have served in the church as a teacher working with the youth and adults, leadership positions, and service projects in the community and church. I have raised four children that are on their own and one of those four serving as a missionary. I still have 6 children at home. My wife and I have supported them as they have grown and developed to become young men and women who have been taught the truth that they are a child of God and to have faith in Jesus Christ as their savior. We study the scriptures and pray as a family and have family home evening where we come together for a lesson weekly to discuss the gospel, goals, and plans for the week. We are not perfect by any means but believe in doing what right.