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Hi I'm Charlie

I am from Idaho, I enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program, I play rugby. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. I spend most of my time with my family members. I am striving to earn the International Baccalaureate Program. This has made the past two years full of stress and struggles to complete all the aspects of this program. I play rugby as a lock, and as a jumper on line-outs. I have earned my Eagle Scout award, and I enjoy outdoorsmanship. I love camping, fishing, hunting, and boating. I mostly hunt ducks, and I prefer fly-fishing. My favorite place to camp is at Blue Lake in Idaho with my scout troop. I often go water-skiing with my family, and I have been working on learning how to water ski with one ski. I like woodworking and mechanics, and I enjoy working on fixing different things, and performing home repairs. I am now serving a mission in Chicago, Illinois to share the joy and happiness I have found through my experiences with this church with other people. I am giving up two years of my life to complete this goal I have of serving a mission, and I know that although it isn't easy, and I could be doing other things, my mission will be more worth my time than anything else I could be doing right now.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in the Mormon church, however, I did not always know why I was a part of the church. At first, I was following my parents, doing what they did, because I did not often know them to make wrong choices. After some time, I gained a basic understanding of the church, and I came to church because of that. As I entered my teenage years, I understood the reason that people came to church, because they have a knowledge that the things we are taught in church are true. I did not gain a witness of the truth of the things I was learning in church, and so I went to church to be with my friends. I realized that this was not enough. I wanted to know for myself why the church is so meaningful to so many people, and if it really was true. Over time I have learned that a desire to know, an honest desire to know if the church is true, is really the foundation upon which people come to gain a testimony of the truth of the gospel. I followed the challenge of Moroni given in the Book of Mormon, and I read the book, with a true desire to know if the book is true, and I felt a feeling of confirmation, of peace, happiness, and love. At that moment, I knew the church was true. I have never had an angel visit, nor some other profound moment of revelation to confirm to me that the church was true. As it turns out, those things do not always convert an individual. The way I have experienced gaining my testimony is similar to a sunrise. Bit by bit, almost indiscernible, we gain light and knowledge that pushes the darkness away. From the testimonies of representatives of Heavenly Father, by the living prophet and the scriptures, I have gained a sure faith that Jesus Christ lives, and that God lives as well. They are two beings who love each and every one of us indefinitely, more than we can comprehend. This is why I am a Mormon

How I live my faith

I have served in many of the presidencies of the young men's organization, within the class presidencies. I serve as a co-leader of a stake-wide youth family history group within my stake. I play the piano for the youth and the priesthood meetings, and I serve in any other way I can. I love serving the people in my ward, and the people outside of my ward as well. I have been called to serve a full-time mission, where I will have the opportunity to devote two years of my life, serving God, and serving the people in my mission area. I try to help the bishop of my ward serve the widows and the elderly in my ward by performing acts of service without being seen, and by taking them cookies and talking with them. I try to serve all who I come into contact with, but it isn't easy. My schedule is very demanding, and does not allow much free-time. I try to use some of my free time to serve, rather than using it all for my benefit. I feel that by giving my time and effort, I can appropriately show God, and the people I am serving, that I love them, and that I care about them.