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Hi I'm Chuck Wharton

I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

About Me

I grew up in the Hampton Roads area of Southeastern Virginia. I'm married with three children. I was raised Episcopalian but converted to the church after I married. I would have to say that there was always something missing in my life spiritually. I attended church regularly but I was never fulfilled. When my wife and I were dating, we had discussed churches but came to the understanding that I would never attend a Mormon church. But, during a visit to see her family, I attended a Sacrament meeting and I was hooked. The Spirit filled my heart and I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. Prior to converting to the Church, I enjoyed drinking beer, tea, and coffee but after being touched by the Spirit, I had no difficulty at all pushing those habits aside. When I decided to be baptized, my wife was shocked, surprised, and relieved all at the same time. She never thought I would take such a step.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it's where I'm supposed to be. When I was going through the discussions with the Missionaries, I knew that this was the right church for me but as each day passes, I understand more and more that this is the "true" church. I have attended religious services in several other churches, Catholic, Episcopal, Baptist, and Methodist but none filled me with the Spirit. I feel that the Savior has led me to his church. Prior to joining, I lived an unrighteous life style. Smoking, drinking, cursing, having fun. I truly believed that "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." I was never a menace to society but I did have habits and actions that I would not be proud to answer to Heavenly Father about. But I feel that the Savior still gently nudged me towards His Church by presenting me with opportunities and allowing me to make decisions. It seems as if I made the correct ones because here I am. I am very blessed to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My only regret is that it took me 45 years to find it.

How I live my faith

Being a Latter Day Saint isn't easy. When I joined the church, I quickly understood that it wasn't just a religion, it was a lifestyle. I try to stay engaged in church activities as much a possible, it seems as if the church has an influence on my activities daily. Prior to becoming a Latter Day Saint, church was only a Sunday activity for me, and that was just for the hour and a half that I was there. Now, there seems to always be something happening. Whether its preparing a lesson or a talk, helping another member or family, assisting in youth activities, community involvement activities, home teaching, etc. So I guess it's safe to say that I live my faith by believing the Savior is always by my side. Whenever I'm presented with a situation or an opportunity, I ask myself "What would the Savior do right now?" "Will I be proud to talk to him about this?" This helps me to ensure I'm making the right decision and when I come face to face Him, I will be able to stand tall.