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Hi I'm Charles

I grew up in Lindsay, CA. I am on the Lord's errand. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Lindsay, California, which is about 3-4 hours away from anything cool in California. Lindsay is a big agricultural center, so a lot of farming and farming-related work. I am the oldest of three children. My brother is about one and a half years younger than me, and my sister is about five years younger than me. I love California for many things, but the most prominent reason is obviously the weather. I am currently a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Canada Edmonton Mission. I do not know what God was thinking when He called me to this frozen wasteland that is Canada, seeing that I am from sunny, comfortable California, but I will never look at the word "cold" again without thinking about the many days of -40F during the winter. I thought Utah was cold when it got to 0F, but I was too naive at the time, apparently. After my mission, I plan to return to Utah and finish my schooling at Brigham Young University (BYU), become a doctor, and live happily ever after.

Why I am a Mormon

My family was first converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 9 years old. We did not go to any church before that, but we still believed in God and in being a good person. At the time, my parents were looking for a church for us to join, and met with representatives from several local churches. We had been searching for a while when the sister missionaries knocked on our door one evening. My father had three questions that he always asked the representatives, and would evaluate the church based on their answers. Every other church gave answers to these questions that seemed off, and did not seem of God. For example, my father would ask, "If you saw someone walking on the street, long hair, looked like he was partying hard the night before, ragged clothes, etc., would you approach him and start talking to him about your church?" A lot of the other church representatives would say something along the lines of, "Well, there's just some people you just can't save." Does that sound like something God would say? However, the sister missionaries answered like a proper representative of Jesus Christ, and said something along the lines of, "Well, of course. That is the person that needs us the most, so of course we would go talk to him." The rest is history. We were sealed in the California Fresno Temple a year later, and have never looked back. Even after I turned 18, and could start living a life of my own, I chose myself to go to BYU, and I chose myself to stay active in the church. I chose myself to serve a mission. I was not coerced to continue living my faith. I do not have to, but I choose to, because I have seen how much the Mormon lifestyle has blessed me, both physically and mentally, as well as spiritually, of course. I know that this church is ordained of God to be the Church of Jesus Christ in these last days. I know it, and I testify of it in the name of Him who I represent, Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I participate in the community when I can, and how often I can. That is how I live my faith. One way I demonstrate this is the fact that I am an Eagle Scout, and my Eagle Scout Service Project involved cleaning and pruning the orange orchard behind our local LDS (Mormon) church building. I organized the efforts, gathered volunteers and necessary equipment, participated a lot in the physical labor myself, and submitted it to the local Eagle Scout Board for review. It was a lot of work, both physical and mental, but it was worth it. I also participate in church callings as much as I can. After I came home from my first year at BYU, I was immediately called to be one of the adult Sunday School teachers. A young 19-year-old boy was called to "teach" a bunch of experienced people, who have been Bishops and other things in the church. I was a little more than intimidated, but I worked through it and did my best, or what I perceived as my best. I feel that that calling prepared me to be able to serve my full-time mission in Canada.