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Hi I'm Chuck

I grew up in Missouri, live in Utah. I love my family. I work with youth in scouts, schools, and in church. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad and a grandad. I have a wonderful wife, five terrific children, and seven adorable grandchildren. I love my family and doing things with them. I don't know what I would do or where I would be without my family. I am so happy to know that we are together now and forever. I am a Mormon. I enjoy camping and hiking with my family and with scouts. The National Parks in Utah offer so many opportunities to commune with nature and be with those you love outside of the hectic pace of "normal" life. I have enjoyed many years working as a school teacher, principal, and volunteering in scouting. Working with youth has kept me focused on the bright future ahead for all of us. I also like making and fixing things. The old adage "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." really rings true to me. I have enjoyed working on cars old and new for many years. I like the feeling of helping an old junker receive a new lease on life (I think there is a gospel centered corollary here).

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 18. Living in an area full of history for this church (Jackson County, Missouri), I had not heard of it. I am so glad that a family I came to know had the courage to share the teachings and doctrines of the restored gospel with me. My life has been so much richer as a result joining this church. My questions about God and Christ were all answered by the family that befriended me and the missionaries of the church. There was always a feeling of love as we discussed the gospel. So many truths were made known to me that I had always wondered about. The Holy Spirit witnessed to me that the teachings were true. I am so grateful to know there is a living prophet in our day to lead, guide and direct us. He helps us follow the paths to live in righteousness and happiness. He helps us in our day the same way the prophets of old led their people. He helps us avoid the pitfalls and temptations that come to us today. Being a Mormon has helped me stay close to my family. Even though my children are all grown and most have families of their own, we do many things together. Some do not live near us but the ties that bind us together are still strong because of our knowledge that we are a forever family; our relationship does not end with death. This gives me a greater love for my wife, children, and grandchildren. The separation of miles is minimized as we share experiences of life and church. (Internet video connections don't hurt either.) There is nothing better that family, especially grandkids. I love my family and have a strong belief that we will be together now and forever.

How I live my faith

I am actively involved in my church. I love to serve others and to help them. I grew up in another faith but being involved in church and knowing Christ were important to my family. My parents taught me to help and serve others as I was growing up. My dad was always involved in my scout troop. I am glad that they taught me about Christ and that serving others manifests His love for others through us. My greatest joy comes when serving with others and helping lift others, helping them to achieve their potential. I suppose this is why I have liked serving in scouting and other youth programs. Seeing the light of Christ in the eyes of young people as they come to realize that they are sons and daughters of a living God always brings joy to me. Our youth are well prepared for their future. Our church, communities and nation will be in capable hands. I receive a lot of happiness and satisfaction in helping others. I served as a full-time missionary of the church in Pennsylvania shortly after joining. It was a wonderful experience and helped set the foundation and direction for my life. My wife and I are preparing to leave for a two year service misssion in Tonga. We will, once again, be working with teachers and students in a school setting. We consider this a real blessing in our lives to be able to serve in this manner. The Tongan people have great faith, and are very loving. We will learn much from them as we serve there. Although it will be hard to be away from our family that long, we feel called to serve in this way. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is alive and active on the face of the earth and I am so happy to be a part of it. It is as a result of this that I want to treat others as I believe Jesus would treat them; to serve them as He would serve them. Our Savior lives. He loves us and wants for us to be happy as we live our lives and prepare to return to Him and our Father in Heaven.