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Hi I'm Charlie Benson

I'm a Mormon and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1984 and it has changed my life!

About Me

I am 54 years old and have been married for 25 years. I was sealed for time and eternity to my wife Deborah in the Oakland Temple. I have 4 children; a boy a three girls. I work with community mental health as the team lead of an older adult mental health program. I also work part-time for LDS Family Services counseling others. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I have worked in this field serving others for 31 years. I feel that Heavenly Father blessed with the gift to heal and help others to heal themselves and share these talents with my those I serve.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church as I believe that it is the only true and living church on the earth at this time. I was searching for the truth and found it here. It is whole, complete and explains to me where I came from, why I am here and where I will be going when I leave this life. I know who I am, that I am a child of God, created in his image and possess divine qualities. I have faith that someday I will live with my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ and God, the Father appeared to Joseph Smith as he asked 'which church is true'. He received a visit from them and was told that none of the churches on the earth at that time (1821) were true. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was then restored and he was an instrument in the Lord Jesus Christ's hand to accomplish this. The priesthood was also restored (the power granted by God to act in his name to bless mankind and to provide ordinances that will help was return to him; baptism, sealing in the temple, etc.) The Book Of Mormon was given to Joseph Smith (which is a book written by prophet historians of the Americas from 600 B.C. to about 400 A.D. which he translated from the ancient writtings of reformed Egyptian and Hebrew by the gift and power of God). This book contains the Gospel as it was preached to the inhabitants of the America who came from ancient Israel as the were told to by God. This book is "Another Testiment of Jesus Christ" and contains the fulness of the Gospel and also contains an account of Jesus Christ's visit to the Americas after his resurrection as he visited some of his "other sheep" as he foretold in the Bible. The Book of Mormon is true and stands as a companion to the Bible to prove to the world that Jesus is the Christ, the Lord, and savior of all mankind.

How I live my faith

I attend church each week. I read my scriptures regularly. I pray daily. I attend the temple as often as I can to participate in saving ordinances for my ancestors and others who have not had the opportunity to have heard the Gospel while in this life (as Christ visited the spirits in prison & paradise between the time of his death and resurrection to preach the Gospel to them). I am the Executive Secretaty to my Bishop (pastor) and attend meetings with him and his counselors to discuss matters of importance to the members of the congregation. People also call me to set up appointments to see him. I treat others as children of our Heavenly Father, each of us endowed with His divine spark and spirit. I serve others in my chosen profession as a Marriage & Family Therapist and feel it an honor to do so.