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Hi I'm Charles Allen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Texas, the second of 4 children. As a boy I enjoyed baseball and swimming, and when I was 12 years old began playing golf, a lifetime avocation - and frustration. I also qualified for my first FCC amateur radio license at age 12. I completed my degree as a Navy ROTC midshipman and spent six years as a naval officer, serving 3 tours in the Tonkin Gulf on destroyers, plus a shore duty tour in Norfolk, Virginia. After resigning my commission in 1975 I began graduate studies receiving my MBA degree. I have practiced public accounting in my own CPA firm for more than 25 years. My wife and I are the parents of 3 grown children and the grandparents of 4. Amateur radio is still one of my main interests. One unique achievement in amateur radio is that I have contacted other amateur stations in every country in the world. I still think of myself as a serious golfer, but do not get to play enough to maintain any skills.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was a naval officer I became acquainted with another officer from the state of Utah. Although he was not a church member, his wife was. Her unfailingly cheerful and optimistic demeanor made a deep impression on me. A few years later, when I met another LDS woman (who would later become my wife), I was naturally predisposed to see the same qualities of cheerfulness and goodness in her. At about the same time a young officer who was a returned missionary was transferred to my duty station, and we became friends. I was given a copy of the Book of Mormon, about which I knew almost nothing. I began reading it prayerfully, while taking the discussions with my friends' encouragement. One Sunday I attended a stake conference at which the stake president of 13 years was being released. His words had a terrific influence on me, because of his gracious and loving manner. That night I told the missionaries that I would be baptized the next week. I have always been impressed with the qualities of character, such as honesty, wholesomeness, and happiness exhibited by faithful church members. Following the principles and standards of the gospel has always been a blessing to me and to my family.

How I live my faith

I am a member of the Lions Club International, whose motto is "We Serve", and have been an officer in our local club several times. My experience in the Church includes callings in Sunday School, the Youth Program, as well as other executive positions in the wards and stakes in which we have lived. Living one's faith embraces much more than participating in local church activities though. Being a faithful spouse and loving father is perhaps even more important than these facets of service. I love my family and am so proud of them for their goodness, and especially their lively sense of humor. We spend much of our time laughing with our kids and grand-kids these days, and I treasure the close relationship that we enjoy with our children, their spouses, and their children. I fully expect that we will continue this happy relationship in the eternities, having been sealed as a family under the authority of the priesthood.