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Hi I'm Michael Charlton

I'm a Mormon. I'm an underpaid banker. I have a beautiful wife with red hair and an adorable 5 year old.

About Me

I've worked in the banking industry for the last few years. Since then, I've been laid off twice. I'm now a happily under-employed graduate student getting a masters in Information Systems. My wife currently works as a researcher at a university doing stuff that's completely beyond my level of comprehension. She totally thinks I'm adorable. My daughter is in Kindergarten and she's top in her class... but I admit I'm a little biased.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it gives me a sense of spiritual accomplishment and purpose. In this church we're expected to measure up to certain standards. At the same time, there's no tithing police. There are no private detectives monitoring arguments during family dinner. In our family we know that the harder we strive to live righteously, the happier we are. This church acts as a spiritual foundation of truth that we can build our entire life around.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. It's the only way to preserve my sanity in this politically correct world we live in

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Michael Charlton
No. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Michael Charlton
The Law of Chastity is one of the easiest laws to remember. It means you only have sexual relationships with your spouse. Oh yeah, in light of recent trends, I must clarify that your spouse must have been born as...and currently IS the opposite gender as you. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Michael Charlton
For a good reason...Our church is run by the members within the congregation. They get called to volunteer and after a couple of years, they get released, then someone else takes their place in the same congregation. We're doctors, lawyers, bankers, car mechanics, brick-layers, and farmers--but We share the same privileges and responsibilities as everyone else. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Michael Charlton
We believe the family is ordained of God. Marriage between a man and a woman is a sacred union. Children have a divine right to a mother and a father who honor their marital vows. We do acknowledge that divorce does happen, but we believe in fighting to preserve traditional family, especially in this day when it's so easy to redefine it. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Michael Charlton
Temples of the Old Testament have always been special holy places of worship to bring people closer to God. They are so holy that Jesus himself whipped and drove out money changers that were selling stolen goods on the temple grounds. Are our bodies any different? We don't freely share our bodies with just anyone. That sacred honor is reserved for a special person who has made a covenant. We are God's children, and as a result, we have inherited an element of Gods beauty and majesty. We are created in His own likeness and image. By being immodest and immoral, we are desecrating ourselves. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Michael Charlton
It is true, at one time we did. The practice of plural marriage ended when Utah became a state over a hundred years ago. There is no plural marriage in the Mormon church. We do not teach it nor encourage it in any way. As it stands today, our doctrine states that marriage is between one man and one woman and they must be legally and lawfully married according to the laws of their own land. That commandment has been in effect for a very long time and we are very strict to observe it. On a side note, I really love my wife. Show more Show less

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

Michael Charlton
There is a common misconception that we are anti-gay. Everyone is welcome in our churches. Gay or not, they are loved and respected just the same. We are pro-family. Sexual relationships are between a husband and wife who are legally and lawfully married. Any sexual activity that falls outside of that union is wrong whether it's between the same or opposite gender. We do not discriminate against anyone's orientation or thought process. As far as gay marriage, our church takes an unapologetic stand for traditional marriage between a natural born man and woman. The Mormon church does not recognize same gender marriages even if the union is lawful. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Michael Charlton
It all starts in the home. As parents, we need to take an active role in teaching girls modesty at a young age. We also need to actively teach boys the value of respecting women. Safeguards are also very important. As an IT guy, there are some filters I can recommend. They're not foolproof, but they can be effective if they're implemented properly. Netnanny is a good software based filter, but it only filters the operating system it's installed on--and it doesn't have a Linux version. There is also a good hardware filter that I use called Pandora's Hope. It's a specially designed wireless router that filters the internet at its source. It can filter any computer that connects to your network. The disadvantage is that not all devices have to connect to your network. Smartphones use a mobile carrier to connect to the internet and many of these devices can act as an independent wireless hotspot a laptop can connect to. The strengths and weakness of each filter approach is pretty much mutually exclusive. A software filter will block a computer on any network, but only on one operating system. A hardware filter will block any operating system, but only on one network. Many people use a combination of both. Don't depend on technology alone. There is no substitute for loving parents that teach by example. If sex is treated as sacred, then children will learn to treat it the same way. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Michael Charlton
Yes, we do believe that men and women are equal. Though men hold the priesthood and are head of the home, we do not have the authority to compel obedience from our wives. We consider that a form of abuse. Husbands and wives work together as equals to meet the financial, emotional, and spiritual needs of their families. It's the same in our family. Often my wife and I have to make adaptations in difficult circumstances, but we support each other in whatever we are doing. Show more Show less