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Hi I'm Michael Charlie

I spent most of my life in Texas. I enjoy architecture, gardening and boardsports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful family that inspires me. I work in the real estate, construction,design, and development industry. I am passionate about community design, neighborhood layout, and sustainable land development. I attempt to create timeless designs that would be considered thoughtful, of good report, and praiseworthy. I think, to some level, our Creator took similar, albeit infinitely more profound considerations into his design of our world and nature. Every project I have worked on has been influenced by my faith, my children and my spouse. I like to think that when I come up with a good design or layout, I am not only ultimately inspired by Him, but am seeking to emulate my Father in Heaven who has bestowed upon me my talents in his image.

Why I am a Mormon

The most powerful and influential experiences in my life have been directly related to my Christianity and the Latter Day Saint faith I was raised in. Seeking personal confirmation from God of the doctrines I was taught by my parents has given me experience and spiritual enlightenment I must never deny or ignore. These are very real experiences that now mold every choice I make- including work, study, family, friends, and entertainment. Being a true Mormon means being converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ every day, in every moment, and every situation I may come across. Although I do not respond perfectly to every challenge, my Savior did, and his grace allows me succeed and continue progressing where I would otherwise fail. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fulfills every need I have. I am completely independent to use my God given talents, but only by recognizing that I am completly dependent on Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am a Ward Mission Leader. This means I provide direction and a bit of management for all the local members who are looking to share their faith. Sharing our faith with someone else is a bit challenging as we hold it sacred, and do not want someone else to criticize it or mock it. We love the questions and conversations, but often feel inadequate to truly express why we feel as we do. I pray multiple times daily, and try to keep a prayer in my heart at all times. This mindset has allowed me to see opportunities to share the gospel with people that I may have otherwise missed. I also read my scriptures in the morning--first thing while my mind is fresh, and then in the evening with my family before going to bed. I find that if I do not do this, my focus on living as Christ would have me live is diminished. It would be easier to just watch tv, or read a novel, or other uses of my free-time, and although those may be wholly appropriate in moderation, I find myself more fulfilled by sticking to this schedule as closely as possible.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Michael Charlie
I live in the south of the United States amongst a predominately Protestant Christian Population. Most people claim Christianity despite how they live their lives on a daily basis. Mormon missionaries proselyte and seek converts to bring souls to Christ. What this means is that truly accepting Christ involves a change of heart, a change in our very nature. The bible even talks about it in removing our "old heart" and allowing God to give us a new one. The missionaries teach the principles that define what being a Christian truly means--including the changes in lifestyle that this ultimately entails. If a person is a Christian and lives all the commandments as defined by Christ and his prophets, than the only thing lacking is baptism by someone with the authority as was John the Baptist. This authority is called the Priesthood. The missionaries have the authority to baptize those who accept Christ as their Savior to fulfill the mandate put forth in the New Testament that all need to be baptized with water and the spirit. This authority was restored to the earth and is held by worthy members of the church--including missionaries. Show more Show less