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Hi I'm Charles Abbott

I joined the Church 58 years ago, when I was just 20 years old.

About Me

My name is Charles Abbott. I am a convert to the LDS Church, having joined 58 years ago when I was just 21 years old. Joining the Church was the best decision I have ever made in my life. My wife of 56 years, Oranee Abbott, introduced me to the Church and the missionaries and the rest is history. We have six children, twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They are all good kids, and we owe it to our activity in the Church because we had a lot of help from wonderful neighbors, teachers and friends who influenced them. I am a lawyer and have authored eight books about law and four about marketing. More recently I have authored my first book about religion. It is called Immersion in Mormonism and is featured on immersioninmormonism.com. I was very excited to have it accepted for sale in Deseret Book stores. Biographied in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in Finance & Industry. Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small town with only a handful of LDS members. When I was 17 my wife-to-be moved there temporarily. She was LDS and the nicest girl I had ever met. I was a Freshman in college. One day I became curious about the beliefs of various Christian churches. My investigation led me to the stacks in the Library and I picked out some books about various religions, including one about the church to which I belonged. A book entitled "Marvelous Work and a Wonder" caught my eye. I said to myself, "That's a book about Mormonism. Oranee is a Mormon. I wonder what they believe." I took the books home and read them all. Most of them confused me, especially when it came to understanding the nature of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and our relationship to them. But Marvelous Work and a Wonder made perfect sense because it was based on scripture and consistent with teachings in the Old and New Testaments. I also read the Book of Mormon. I concluded it was nothing short of a miracle, having been produced by a young uneducated boy with about a third-grade education. I have a doctorate in law and have authored many books, but even with all that education there is no way I could produce anything like a Book of Mormon if I spent my whole life trying. But an intellectual analysis was only part of my conversion. After I had studied the doctrines for three years my girlfriend, Oranee, introduced me to the missionaries. At their urging I committed the matter to prayer and came to feel in my heart that the gospel and the priesthood had been restored. Joining the Church as been a marvelous blessing. We have wonderful children and grandchildren, with strong moral values. We feel we owe much of that to the influence of the various programs of the Church, and their teachers and friends.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings. In the Church there are various priesthood quorums for youth and adults, and I have served as an advisor to all of the youth quorums and as the leader of all of the adult quorums. I have also served as a counselor to two Bishops and as the Bishop of a Ward; also as a Branch President. In the LDS Church the Stake is like a Diocese, presiding over many Wards. It is led by a president and 12 assistants known as the High Counsel. I have also served as a member of more than one High Counsel and had various responsibilities. In addition, I have taught just about every youth group in the Wards to which I have belonged. The women's organization is called the Relief Society and my wife as served as President many times and also as a Counselor to other Presidents, and he has handled many other responsibilities as a member. She has also served in Stake and Ward callings and been President of virtually all of the Young Women's organizations. Presently I am the Ward Sunday School Superintendent and she is a Visiting Teaching Supervisor for the Relief Society. We also help to plan and carry out many Ward activities. We also served a one-year mission related to genealogy.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Charles Abbott
We have lost two children because of an hereditary condition, and have lost three grandchildren. It was very difficult, but our testimonies of the restored gospel have helped a great deal. I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation and the knowledge that this life is nothing more than a moment in eternity, and that we can all be together again if we live worthily. There is an old saying, that we should "look not at the trees, but to the forest." The trees are those difficult individual challenges we all face, whether they be financial hardships, or sickness, or accidents, or even death. The forest is the overall picture -- the wonderful plan of salvation which gives us the opportunity, through dealing with challenges, to grow and develop so that we may merit eternal life in the Celestial Kingdom together with our loved ones. We are so grateful for the restoration of priesthood blessings and temple ordinances that bind us together as a family for eternity. Show more Show less