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Hi I'm Charlie

As a Baptist, I attended BYU for 2 years. After another 2 years I converted to the LDS Church. I'm now a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 6 with many grandchildren. I retired from elementary education after 34 years. At the time of my marriage I was heavily involved in drag racing. After marriage I began participating in sports and gardening, as they fit my budget better. As my reflexes and strength waned over the years, so did my participation in sports. Gardening remains a great interest. As my oldest son turned 12, I began my involvement as an adult Scout leader, and have continued ever since. Three backpacking treks of over 50 miles at Philmont, NM and helping 25 boys achieve Eagle are choice memories. I continue to enjoy helping others learn from my many years of Scouting experience. Retirement always seemed so far in the future, but after experiencing it for 5 years now, I highly recommend it to all.

Why I am a Mormon

As a Baptist I attended BYU for for 2 years. At my first Thanksgiving after high school my mother asked me if I had joined "that church" yet. It made me want to defend what I only knew a little of. I took a Book of Mormon class each of my first 2 semesters and LDS Church History the next 2 semesters and concluded that if I ever joined another church, it would probably be the Mormon Church. I didn't do much more about it until I was about to be married. A week into my engagement, my fiancé said she would go ahead with the marriage, provided I joined the LDS Church. I loved her a great deal and determined it was time to dust off my earlier religious studies and get earnest about where I stood regarding religion. I met with the missionaries regularly for the next several weeks and accepted their invitation to be baptized. My mother did not agree, but did not stand in my way. Not until 3 weeks prior to her death did she explain to me that her opposition came from her early childhood teachings in a small town church. I finally had the chance to share with her what I had come to accept so thoroughly that it was not a supposition but a conviction that had grown year by year with me that I had joined the one true Church upon this earth, with its divine priesthood authority. For the first time she openly listened to my rationale, but only a few weeks later passed on. Once I joined the LDS Church, I began living by its precepts, and I have never strayed from them. I did not fully understand a lot of the doctrines early on, but as I studied and prayed about them, I came to understand and fully believe them. It was like assembling a big jig saw puzzle. The pieces were all there and, over time, I was able to find where each belonged. The completed picture is beautiful to me and I have no doubts or regrets about the decision my fiancé helped me to make.

How I live my faith

I have been asked to serve in positions of Church responsibility almost continually since I was baptized. I have taught the youth, spoken to congregations large and small, and given freely of my time in service to my fellow man. It hasn't always been easy or convenient, but it has been rewarding. I have moved irrigation lines and harvested fruit on welfare projects. I have responded to those with physical needs such as loading furniture in a moving van and those with spiritual needs such as providing a blessing of comfort just prior to death. My wife and I met with our children in a family home evening almost every week from the time of their birth until their marriages. We remain close to each one to this day, even though in most cases the distance between us is great. Since my baptism, I have served as a representative of the Church to a small number of assigned families, visiting them monthly, to remind them they are someone important to me and the Lord. I don't want any of them to ever feel they are just a number on the records of the Church, forgotten by all if they should cease attending. This "friendship by assignment" has brought me many lasting friends over the years. As a bishop in the Church, I was always touched by others who provided this service and thereby lightened my load. As my wife and I served a 2 year mission after our retirement, we both came to know, even more than before, that prayers are answered, that our Heavenly Father is aware of each of us, and watches over us. We are provided opportunities to prove ourselves and our faith in Him. I do what I can to respond appropriately under all conditions. I am grateful for the knowledge of His and His Son's reality and hope to be able to endure to the end of my life in my faith and belief in them and the salvation they offer. I hope to qualify to return to their presence and to be joined by my loved ones, past, present, and future, in so doing.