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Hi I'm Charlie

I grew up in California, married a wonderful girl and we have six children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a young man, I aspired to be a pianist. I studied piano, rehearsing 3-4 hours per day during my years of high school. I participated and did well in competitions and recitals. Eventually I wound up in a piano performance program at the university, and loved every minute of my studies there. Following my first year at the university, I took a leave of absence from studies to serve a 2-year mission for the Church. In those two years, my perspective changed, so that when I returned, I kept going with piano studies but changed my major focus to mathematics. I met a young lady with whom I wanted to share a future together, and we married for time, and for eternity. Since graduating from the university, I have been employed in various aspects of the information technology industry -- a field that is continually changing. Our family grew and our children challenged us as we worked hard at being good parents; now they are all grown and all but one is married with children of their own. We dearly love all our family members and posterity, including those in-laws who have come into the family. We can't imagine what our lives would be like without them.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me to love and obey God. They taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ in our home, and lived by the same principles they taught. In our family, we always had family prayer, and we studied the scriptures -- not just the Bible, but the Book of Mormon as well. I learned to pray individually, and eventually came to acquire a personal knowledge that the Book of Mormon was not written by a man, but was of divine origin. I was baptized and have had many personal experiences that have led me to know that God loves me, He hears and answers my prayers, and that Christ's restored gospel is true. I know that God loves all men, regardless of their religious affiliation. I know that He hears and answers prayers from all people who sincerely reach out to Him. However, I am a Mormon because I have come to know that there is more to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than simply another Christian faith. There is more to life than simply going to a good church on Sunday and trying to be a good person, as important as those things may be. This life isn't all there is. There is more. Much more. That knowledge, God's authority, and the words of living prophets and apostles are available in the Church. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Personally and with my wife, I pray every day and study the scriptures. We look forward to the weekly Sabbath, when we attend church and rest from our worldly labors. We look for ways to be of service to our family members, neighbors, and others. Like most men in the Church, I visit a few families to help look after their welfare and well-being, and to help strengthen them or assist them in any way I can. In the past, I have had a special assignment to work with deaf members in our area, and in that capacity learned sign language and continue to enjoy associating with those members. I have had special assignments that deal with auditing of financial records in our group of congregations, as well as organized sports for those of our members that are inclined to participate. My wife and I have both serve each week in the temple. Most recently, Ann and I were called to serve as missionaries in Russia, based in Moscow, for 2 years. My most important role, however, is as father of my family, in serving my wife and children. Though all the children have moved away from home, I still am concerned with their welfare and well-being, and my wife and I maintain frequent contact with each of them. Our family and our service in the Church are the sources of great joy to both of us.