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Hi I'm Chuck Ogden

I grew up mainly in Florida. I love all kinds of sports. I retired a little over three years ago and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a Navy "brat", moving every few years. I really loved meeting new people and seeing new places. After being introduced by a friend, I joined the LDS church at age 16. I then went to BYU where I met my wife. We married after graduation, had 6 children and now have 18 grandchildren. After working in the business world, I retired and we now live on an Island in Washington state. I had 4 different careers after college (Aerospace, management consulting, utilities and), the last 25 years, I worked as a developer in real estate in Arizona overseeing a large company. It started out small but became large.as the business grew. We became one of the largest developers of master planned communities in the west operating in 4 states. I loved seeing new communties grow out of nothing. It has been a shame to see what has happened over the last few years especially after seeing a very similiar situation in the late 80's. Now I love working around the house, playing a little golf, crabbing, fishing, being full time with my eternal companion and being a part of my children and grandchildren's life as they grow. We also have about 400 missionaries we served and work with that we love and follow - what a wonderful blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 16 and the missionaries taught me the first lesson, they asked me to pray about what they had taught. I had never prayed vocally before. I had silent prayers like most of us had, especially when I was playing sports and wanted to do something special or just win. That night as I went to bed, I had a very powerful spiritual experience. I did not understand the significance of the decision I was making but I knew what the missionaries had taught me was true and I needed to follow what they said. I was baptized 2 weeks later. None of my immdeiate family ever joined the church but they did not oppose me joining. Now here is the key: As powerful as that experience was, it has been the many, many spiritual experiences I have had since them that has reconfirmed over and over the correctness of that decision. I am a Mormon because it is the gospel of Jesus Christ and brings joy and happiness into my life continually. I also know it will do that eternally.

How I live my faith

I love working with people and helping them see who they can become. We just completed a three year assignment for the church in England. We worked with young men and young women from all over the world. It was so rewarding to see them grow and to see the changes that came to people they taught and associated with. We saw miracles every day and it was a very powerful time in my life. Now we are just getting settled back in to our new ward. We look froward to have the opportunity to serve further. I have been called to work with some wonderful families and they have alread blessed my life. Reading the scriptures is one of my favorite daily activities. Pray and the scriptures give me such good guidance - I make sure to never miss a day.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Chuck Ogden
Required is not a word we use much in the church. All young men are encouraged to go and we always hope it is their decision to do so. It is a powerful time for these young men and the young women that chose to serve. They grow in ways they never new possible. Service and sacrifice are a powerful combination to let the Lord help us reach our full potential. I didn't serve a mission when I was young. I was new to the church and thought you needed to receive a call to be able to serve. I even attended the church sponsored school (Brigham Young University) for 4 years and was never asked to serve a mission. I met my future wife while at college and we were married right after graduation. Not serving a mission has not kept me from serving in any calling in the church even in the last few years having served as a mission president to help over 400 young men and young women on their missions. Show more Show less