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Hi I'm Charles

I was born and raised in the South, I am a Physical Therapist working with children with disabilities, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father of 4 , and grandfather of 5 grandchildren. I love sports (especially College Football and Basketball), and music both modern and classical. I have worked with children with disabilities in the public school system for 25 years. These children have inspired me, and helped me to learn deep lessons of courage, humility, faith, and patience. I have witnessed many miracles in their lives and have seen them do great things inspite of their limitations. One example of their faith comes to mind. One of my students with very little strength in his body determined that he would not receive his diploma in his power wheelchair. He was somehow going to walk to get his diploma. I tried to persuade him that it would be allright to graduate in his wheelchair, but he was determined and he asked me to pray with him that the Lord would help him somehow walk across the stage. He and I prayed and then I searched the catalogs for a piece of equipment that would support him and help him walk, but their was nothing that would support his weight. The next year however a new hydraulic lift walker was invented. The school district purchased the walker and my friend trained for 2 years and walked across the stage in it to receive his diploma. Two years after his graduation that piece of equipment was discontinued. This is the faith of the kids I work with! Christ said : "All things are possible to them that believe." and these kids really believe!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Christian home. My parents were lay leaders in their church and loved and tried to serve the Lord. We prayed as a family, and went to church as a family. When I was 14 my older sister, who was married and lived behind our house joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My other sister soon followed. I had seen them visit and join other churches, but this time they changed their lives. I was often in my older sister's home with my sisters and they would talk about their new faith and especially the Book of Mormon. I pretended not to listen, but deep inside I wanted to know if this new church was true. My sisters mentioned that if someone wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true, a person should read it page by page and ask if that page was true. I waited until my younger sister was not home and then I would "borrow" her Book of Mormon, read it a page at a time and ask God if that page was true. Before I reached page 60 I somehow I knew in my soul that the Book was true. I called the missionaries and they arranged for my father and mother to be present while they shared the teachings of their church with me. After a few lessons my father decided that I needed time to grow and mature before making this decision and he wanted me to learn about his faith so I could make a good decision. So he asked the missionaries wait to teach me more. Being young and impatient, I did not want to wait, but the missionaries who were teaching me encouraged me to listen to my father and honor and obey him. They also encouraged me to pray every day. I attended my father's church for a year, spoke with the minister, and honored my parents. About a year later, I had strong spiritual feeling to ask my father's permission again and I did. He gave me his permission and his blessing and he supported me in my decision to be baptized. Now, 40 years later, I can truly say that the day I was baptized was a new birth. I have found the True Church of Christ.

How I live my faith

We are a church without a paid ministry at the local level. As a member of this church, I have had the opportunity to serve in a great variety of assignments (callings). A Book of Mormon prophet taught, "When we are in the service of our fellow beings we are only in the service of our God. " Mosiah 2:17. I have found this to be true. I "watch over" and visit several individuals and families as a hometeacher. I get the greatest satifaction and joy in teaching them principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ each month as their "hometeacher". Seeing these people I love apply those principles and find great joy gives me great joy. I have also served as a Bishop (Lay leader) similar to a pastor) in my church and I have witnessed great miracles of faithfulness, conversion, and healing among the members of this church as they exercise their faith in Christ and in his gospel. I also enjoy using my skills as a physical therapist in the community with children and adults. A group of therapists, parents, and others that love children have formed a chapter of a service organization in our community that gives mobility to children with physical and mental challenges. We provide therapeutic tricycles to those that cannot ride regular bikes. This gives families a chance to exercise with their physically challenged child and helps the child physically, mentally and emotionally. My favorite part is watching the smiles and giggles of the children as they ride a bike "by themselves" for the first time. My faith in the resurrection and atonement of Christ and in his promise that he will give eternal life to those that believe in him (John 3:16) give me great hope that one day all of the injustices and suffering that these little guys go through will be made right. In the resurrection and atonement, Christ will make it more than fair for these "handicapped children". He will dry all their tears and swallow up their sorrow in joy. He will make it wonderful!

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Charles
I was born and raised in the South in the middle of the Bible belt. I chose to raise my family in the South, because I love the culture of being saved by grace. I can talk freely with co-workers about the Savior and pray with them and for their families and discuss the scriptures on a daily basis. One of my co-workers sent an email to me recently quoting from the King James Version Bible Commentary. It stated that the Hebrew word for grace comes from a root word meaning " to bend or stoop" implying the condescending favor of a superior being to an inferior one. Heavenly Father's great gift to us of his perfect son and his sacrifice is the highest form of love and grace. John 3:16 The children I work with as a Physical Therapist have many challenges and disadvantages and yet many of them are the happiest people I know. They have an innate sense that God will eventually make everything alright. One boy I know is paralyzed with cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility. He cannot walk or talk or eat normally. He, however, has great faith and constantly reminds me to pray and put my trust in God. It is my confidence in the grace of God through Jesus Christ that this boy, that I love will, in the resurrection, receive a perfect body that can run and talk and eat. The Book of Mormon and Bible teach that we will be resurrected to a perfect body. This is indeed a gift of grace and evidence of the condescension of God to us through Jesus Christ. Show more Show less