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Hi I'm Charlie

The Gospel isn't just a way of life, it is life. It provides the only way to experience life to its fullest!

About Me

I come from a small family, two great parents and one younger sister. I am the only member in my Family and have been an active member in the Church for ten years now. Born and raised on the East Coast I got into Mountain Biking and HIking. Just over a year ago I was sealed to my amazing Wife! We are starting a new phase of our life, Medical School! We are excited for this wonderful opportunity and look forward to adding to our small family in the years to come.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I came to my own Conclusions about who God was, who I was to him, and how a church that was his would be. I was first invited to youth activities by friends while in High School. After sometime I started to attend church and then asked for the missionaries to come to my house and teach me more about the feelings I was having while attending Church meetings. Through the discussions I learned that God had newly established his church on the Earth. That through a living prophet he now guided his Church on the Earth and that it was organized with his authority, the Priesthood. I further learned that I was a Child of a loving Heavenly Father and that through the restored Gospel families could be united forever. Most of all I learned of my Savior and the wonderful plan of Happiness he had laid down for me. Ultimately I had to be honest with my self and surrender to the promptings that were being given to me by the Holy Ghost, baptism was what I desired and knew I needed. It wasn't easy being baptized as the only member in my family and being in High School at the time didn't help either. But I knew what was written in my heart and what I had felt and I could not deny it. After graduating it was off to a year at BYU-Idaho where my testimony grew and I knew that a mission was what I needed to do. I served in Central America and have been blessed for my service more than I could ever have expected. After Graduating from BYU-Idaho I was sealed to my wonderful spouse for time and all Eternity. The temple had been the pinnacle of the restoration and I had now been able to partake of its sweetest blessings. The Church is true. Those that seek will find. Im a member because I know God. But not only do I know him I know of his son Jesus Christ. There is only one way to him and through his restored Church I know exactly how to get there.

How I live my faith

I love the Church! It amazes me that I can go anywhere in the World where there is a Chapel, walk in and share the exact same beliefs and understanding as those around me. I enjoy Home teaching and make it a habit to do it! There is nothing better than sitting down with a family or individual and share not only a small message with them but my time. Many great relationships and blessing have come from taking the time to Home teach and be Home Taught. I have had the opportunity to sit with various local leaders as a Ward Executive Secretary and I am so grateful for their time and dedication they give to their Wards. I know that all of the callings in a Ward are inspired.

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

As church members we believe that we should wear "our Sunday best". And thats exactly what the Lord wants of us , our best. Our best doesn't mean the flashiest or most trendy clothing or even the most expensive clothing we have. Sunday best is a way for us to wear modest clothing that shows that we have respect for the Lord and that we are willing to worship him in a reverent manner. I find it funny when people ask about what Holidays we celebrate. I simply answer "We celebrate all the ones you have on your calendar and even get out of work like you do". Like every Christian faith we observe Easter, The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas along with all the other 3 day weekend holidays in between. And yes I do enjoy going Trunk of Treating. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Homosexuality is looked at as a challenge like any other that someone may have. Although someone may have such a challenge though does not mean they should act on those feelings and thoughts that they have. Individuals that have same sex attraction are children of God, just like everyone else. He is mindful of their situation and offers paths for peace in ones life, prayer, scripture, church leaders, ect. Homosexuality is important to the church because if it is allowed as an alternative to Heterosexual family organization it will undermine the divine structure that God has set in place for Families, Man and Woman. The Family: A Proclamation to the world helps us see that families are designed to have a Man and Woman married and that this is the manner in which God has designed for families. Show more Show less