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Hi I'm Peter Charles

I'm a Mormon who loves his family and life

About Me

I love my family and spending time with them. I enjoy reading the scriptures and books about our Savior. I work with the elderly and get great satisfaction from making people smile.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined this church because I have come to understand that the Lord has a church which is led by his prophet who leads and guides us. I have read the Book of Mormon and believe it to be true just as I believe the Bible to be a correct historical record of the Savior's life. I really love the emphasis the Mormon Church has about families and temples and I believe that families have an opportunity to be eternal. If we are faithful and keep the Lord's commandments, you can receive many blessings both in this life and in the life to come. I continue to practice my faith because it gives me purpose, a greater sense of who I am and of what my potential is. I also love the fact that I have an opportunity to serve and help others who may be less fortunate than me. Mostly, I am trying to follow the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ in all that I do. Yes, I make mistakes but through repentance and trying to be better, I can become a better person. In the final day, I hope to look back upon a life well lived.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is something I do each and every day. I volunteer in my church in helping men who are elders better understand and practice their faith too. It might be in teaching a lesson to our men's group, encouraging them to visit their assigned homes to help others, or helping them better understand their duties as a husband or father.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Peter Charles
I have been most influenced by the Savior's admonition to care for the sick, the poor, the needy. I do that when I work with the elderly or give service through volunteer work. I have learned to love my neighbor and to love God. I have also been lifted up by the teaching that I am a child of God, that He loves us, and that His Son died for me. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Peter Charles
The Church is financed through the tithing of its membership. Faithful members pay ten percent of their income to the church. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Peter Charles
The Mormon prophet is chosen by the Lord. There is no voting or electioneering. The selection is based on which of the the Apostles has the most seniority in the Quorum of the Twelve. The one Apostle with the most experience in that position will become the next President of the Church. We believe the President is chosen by the Lord as the Lord, who gives us breath each day, allows the President to be the one to elevate to that position. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Peter Charles
Admission to the temple is a privilege not an entitlement. Only members who are willing to abide by the teachings of the Church can go there. There are standards and any member that is willing to keep those standards are allowed to have the privilege of going to the temple. There is absolutely nothing secret going on in our temples. We do proxy ordinance work for our dead ancestors and receive ordinances for ourselves such as endowments. The temple is also where we are married and sealed together as a family so we can have an eternal family. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Peter Charles
Oftentimes, people label our church as a cult because we do not believe exactly as they believe. I believe that sincere people have sought for truth and found it in our Church. I also believe that we are not a cult because a cult focuses on mind control and does not allow their members freedom. Believe me, I have my own mind and I make my own decisions and if I believed that there was anything harmful in being a member, I would be the first to leave. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Peter Charles
Worthy men who hold the Melchezidek Priesthood serve as the lay clergy. They are called to positions and volunteer their best efforts and experience to serving the Lord in those positions. They are capable, compassionate, and faithful and do the work for free. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Peter Charles
When I go to church, I dress in a suit, white shirt and tie. We celebrate all holidays and pay particular attention to Christmas and Easter. We are also patriotic in our countries and in my case, enjoy 4th of July, Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Peter Charles
I believe that one's dress is an expression of one's modesty. If you believe your body is a gift from God, you will be likely to not expose in an inappropriate way. One's way of dressing can also affect others opinions and ultimately can protect chastity if one dresses in a modest way. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Peter Charles
Joseph Smith was a young man who lived in the early 1800s. Through his search for a church and his prayer to God for an answer to his dilemma, he received the First Vision in Palmyra, New York where he learned that he was to join none of the churches and that the Lord would call him to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He became the first President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and translated the Book of Mormon. He was later murdered by a mob in a jail in Carthage, Illinois. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Peter Charles
The best way to learn about the Mormon Church is to call the mormon missionaries in your area. They are young men and women who are devoting two years of their lives to preach the gospel. They will have answers to your questions. Also, you might have a friend or neighbor who is a Mormon who would love to share their experiences. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Peter Charles
My faith is in my Savior, Jesus Christ and in our Father in Heaven. It is only through Christ that we can receive eternal life. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Peter Charles
The husband is to provide for his wife and children not only for the physical needs such as shelter, food and clothing but also for the spiritual needs. He is to guide them, teach them, and love them. The mother is to nurture and love their children and work side by side with her husband in making sure that her children reach their fullest potential as persons. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Peter Charles
You can become a member of our church by having faith in Jesus Christ, being willing to repent or give up your bad ways, and being humble and willing to come to church and keep the commandments. You will receive discussions or lessons from our missionaries, have an interview with a missionary leader and then you will be baptized by immersion by a priesthood holder and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost or be confirmed as a member. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Peter Charles
I believe the Bible to be Holy Scripture and the word of God insofar as it has been correctly translated throughout history. I especially rely on the New Testament for guidance in my daily life because I want to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Peter Charles
All worthy individuals regardless of race or color can join the Mormon Church. All worthy males age 12 and over can receive the Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood which is the authority given by God to man to act in His name. Show more Show less