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Hi I'm Charles Deakins

Born in New York, raised in Los Angeles. I love my family, the ocean, music, and surfing. Oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New York, but when I was still young I moved to California, and that's really where I was raised. I grew up with the ocean, and so surfing and water sports have always been a big part of my life. It wasn't until high school that I really began to play Water Polo or participate in Swim team. I love Music, and I play the guitar, and have picked up the Ukelele on my mission (stereotypical, I know). I was born in the Church, but like everyone does, I needed to find my testimony by myself. After a lot of tough experiences in high school, I decided to make the choice to find out for myself if it was true. Through reading and studying and really desiring to know the truth of the doctrines of the Church, the Spirit manifested to me that this truly is the Church of Jesus Christ restored onto the Earth by the Prophet Joseph Smith. That's what led me to serve a mission in Montréal, Canada. I raise my voice now, along side of millions of other Latter-Day Saints (both missionaries and members) in saying that the Church is true, and that because the Church is true, true joy and happiness are within our grasp.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, truly there are a lot of reasons for which I'm a Mormon. Among them, that I was born into the Church, and that it's pretty much been all that I've known from a religious standpoint. But that's not really a good reason, is it? No, I'm a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father love each and every one of us. I'm a Mormon because of the real joy that enters into one's life upon fulling accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, namely the Atonement (simply, when Jesus Christ suffered, and died for our sins, then was resurrected). There is a certain marvelous peace and happiness that seeps into our lives when we find that our guilt and sorrow can be swept away if we simply repent with a sincere desire to change, that is to say, to be better than we were. Because I was raised in the Church, sometimes I took blessings like this for granted. After sincere searching, and heartfelt prayer, I came to recognize these truths by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a Latter-Day saint who has found the truthfulness of the Gospel, I can testify that it's real. God loves us, and because He loves us, He sent his son, Jesus Christ to the Earth. I know that if we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we will be blessed immensely in the life, and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be like Jesus Christ, and by acting the way he would act. I know that it's only by adhering to his Gospel that we can find the highest level of joy possible in this life, and in the life to come.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Charles Deakins
Never required. But serving a mission goes far beyond the scope of "requisition". What a blessing it is, rather, to serve the Lord, and to help other people find the happiness that you yourself have found from the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Charles Deakins
Sometimes there are a lot of long definitions people give for a question like this. I believe that being a Mormon is, and will forever be, synonymous with being happy. =) Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Charles Deakins
Ever since the time of Adam and Eve, man has been a fallen race. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, the consequences of Spiritual Death (separation from God), Physical Death, and Sin were brought into existence. But through the power of the Atonement, Jesus Christ gave us the ability to repent, and to change, thereby conquering Sin and Spiritual Death. He gave all of humanity the gift of Resurrection after this life, and in so doing conquered Physical Death. Because of the Atonement, we can be forgiven of our sins. Because of the Atonement, we can live with our Heavenly Father after this life. As a famed Latter-Day Saint Hymn states, He "unlock(ed) the gate of Heaven and let us in." In order to access this Atonement, we need to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ by having Faith in him, Repenting of our sins, being Baptized by someone with the proper authority of God, Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the end. And if we do these things "behold thus sayeth the Father ye shall have eternal life." Show more Show less