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Hi I'm Chuck

I'm proud to be a Christian who is also today called Mormon. My paternal grandmother got me started on the religious path.

About Me

I grew up in the Midwest from a lineage of farmers known as Pennsylvania Dutch (actually German settlers), but never developed a love for the soil. I was always a dreamer, but focused on those who had minds greater than my own. So I lived in comic books and stories of great thinkers like Aristotle and Einstein. Today I'm a grandfather who creates costumes from the SciFi fantasy world of Star Wars. It gives me a chance to meet lots of families and share a fun aspect of the struggle of good versus evil that in many ways correlates with the real life history of mankind. I learned to sew because the girl I married is physically handicapped, so I repaired our children's clothes as they grew. After working in numerous careers, I settled into graphic design in the newspaper industry. Now I use those skills to enjoy clubbing with other dreamers like me. It is wonderful the way parents and children will listen to your teaching while you are are dressed as Obi-Wan. I love to bring smiles to their faces while sharing some wisdom of my life experiences. The gospel of Christ is the Force in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was always searching in my early youth for the organization that was described in the Bible, but was eventually disappointed with each church I visited. Their doctrines always seemed at some point to conflict with the Creator that I had come to know through prayer. One day some young missionaries were visiting my parents and asked if I wanted to join in their discussion, but I declined and went to my room in our small home. I did however listen to them through the crack in my door. When they said that the only way my parents would know if what they were teaching was true was by asking the Lord, I decided to put them to the test. At their next visit I asked to join in. I had already received confirmation that Joseph Smith was the Lord's representative and restorer of the truth on earth in modern times. I've been active in the church now for 51 years, but it seems like only yesterday that this fountain of knowledge was opened to me. After joining the church I found out that my maternal grandmother had been a member all her life. She had been patiently praying that some of her children would find this knowledge and join with her. Subsequently our family and the conversion of my grandfather after their 50th Wedding Anniversary were the rewards for her long living patience. I've lived long enough as a member to see all sides of people and the church, and can truthfully appreciate that it is a divinely created organization to lead us all to eternal truth.

How I live my faith

In church I am fortunate to have lots of opportunities to teach others the principles of the gospel. These days I instruct the older men in everything from basic ideas up through unlocking the richness of understanding contained within the simple concepts of the gospel. I have been a volunteer in my communities for many years. My hobby of Amateur radio allowed me to work with municipal safety organization. I helped out with elderly homes by visiting and reading to residents. I also helped with communications for seasonal area festivals and parades. But when my lovely wife needed more constant care I took early retirement and turned to weekend club work as a diversion. By making costume appearances we have been able to help local and national charities raise needed funds to help our fellow men find support and medical advances. It is also fun to be involved behind the scenes, so to speak, with organizations like the LucasFilm company and other sponsors of major events. I believe that being involved in the community is as important as the roles we fill within our church. Men are led to God by examples of love, not by force or coercion. The freedom to choose is our greatest blessing!

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Some men can convince others of any doctrine or point of view. But the difference in coming to know if our doctrines are true requires one to first want to know sincerely. This sincerity when combined with going directly to Heavenly Father in prayer will result in warm feelings of comfort and confidence that the Lord is confirming your request. Next one must act on those feelings to pursue further investigation and prayer asking to have the guidance of the Lord's spirit, the Holy Ghost. This spirit companion will lead one into greater truth and knowledge that Mormonism is eternal truth. Show more Show less