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Hi I'm Charlie

My first 3 years I lived on my grandfather's farm. I'm 67 and still love to run and play with my grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My first three years my mother and I lived on her parents farm while my Dad served in World War II. In my teen years I earned money by cutting grass, farm labor, and selling vacuum cleaners door to door. I graduated from our local community college and obtained a job an NASA. There I fabricated telescopes from the raw hunk of glass to the finished mirror. To me it was almost like a hobby, and I was paid for it! I traveled through work to Australia, Japan, Hawaii, and many parts of the USA. A friend introduce me to my wife. He would have as many as 5 dates per weekend. He told me, "I've found the perfect girl for you," and he was right. I used to pick her up from her high school bus stop. After a few years of active military duty we married, but no children came. I was 22 and she 20. Five years passed and we were introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After a few months of discussions with the missionaries we joined the church and have never regretted it. Through LDS Social Services we were blessed with three wonderful children, and now have seven grandchildren. I worked at NASA for 45 years and retired about one year ago. I now spend time on genealogical research, gardening, exercising, study, family, and many other activities I did not have time to do. What a wonderful thing it is to still have time on the earth, for there are so many good things to do, and there is still time to repent and come more fully onto Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 27 and my wife 25 I felt something was missing in my life. We began reading the Bible together and shortly thereafter were invited to an open house at The Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints. It was an old fire house that church members had turned into a church building and were ready to use it. There at the door we first met the young missionaries. We heard talks that I don't remember except a part about additional scriptures. After the meeting I asked the Bishop about these and he began to explain, but soon stopped and told me I should have the missionaries over to our house and they would explain these things to me. My first thought was, "I don't want missionaries to come to my house, they will tell me what a sinner I am and I already know that." As if reading my mind, the Bishop told me I had already met them at the door. I felt I would not mind having those men over and so we did. I few months later my wife and I were baptised together and have never regretted it. I felt I had come home. When I came into the Church I was backward and shy, I was afraid of public speaking; I can now speak easily in public. I was inept with socializing, admistration, and too many areas to mention. I have made improvements in all of these areas. It was as if I have taken a full college course and after graduate classes. Most important, however, was the things I learned of my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. I served in many callings, including bishop, but it took me over 65 years to learn that there were weaknesses I could not overcome myself, as hard and long as I tried. I came to know that Christ can heal me of them, He was and is waiting for me to let Him. Father blessed me with a wonderful wife and three great children. Our children are adopted and have been sealed to us through the temple ordinances for time and eternity. Surely I have never regretted joining God's restored church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

The Book of Mormon tells us the Lord gives us weaknesses that we might be humble, and that his grace is sufficient for us. I have come to learn that without the grace of Jesus Christ I cannot fully change some of my lifelong habits. Some are even generational. However, with his grace my weaknesses can be removed. This is such a great principle to learn! This enables me to have hope and repent and truly be on the path to becoming more like Him. Part of the hope it gives me is that it is possible, though it takes much time and patience. My wife and I attend church every Sunday with a few exceptions. What a blessing it is to have a companion to share life's journey who has the same goals. At church gatherings I have the opportunity to both teach and learn. I enjoy helping members who need to feel loved and needed, of worth to their Heavenly Father, and folks who are investigating the Church. We meet with many in their homes and activities. We travel accross country to be with our daughter, son-in-law, and six grandchildren who are being raised in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Oh what a wonder it is, to have children and grandchildren, and to be sealed by temple ordinances as a forever family! I am so grateful to have learned that this power and opportunity has been restored to the earth! Now that I am retired I have more time to spend on genealogical research that my ancesters may also partake of the sealing powers, if they choose. We can all be together as a family. I have more time to spend in reading the scriptues and other good books to help me repent and improve, and to learn of Jesus Christ and his love for me and all his children.