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Hi I'm Charles

I am a scientist, a student, a photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent graduate with my B.S. in physics with a professional emphasis. I am currently living with family while looking for work and living my faith as best I can. I am a geek at heart and would be a hypocrite if I didn't admit to such. I love anything sci-fi, fantasy, and or Steampunk: t.v., movies, books, art, etc. I am a big fan of Dr. Who, Star Trek: TNG, Star Wars (the ORIGINALS, not the prequels), Firefly, Fringe, Red Dwarf, etc. Not only am I a media geek, but a physics geek as well. I am working on building some great physics demonstrations for my family parties and possible future teaching positions. I have made a Rubens tube and am in the process of making a Van De Graaff generator, ferrofluid, and a Jacobs ladder. I would eventually like to end up teaching math and physics in high school. I enjoy photography, my favorite subjects being still life, animals, and abstract. On occasion I will take family portraits. Some of my other interests include: Photoshop, fractals, science and technology, bowling, family, friends, comedy, laughing, dancing, antiques, Italian food, Chinese food, Mexican food, making my friends happy and comfortable when they visit my apartment, enjoying other's company, camping, hiking, backpacking, bicycling, nature, drawing, and a whole plethora of other activities/hobbies/stuff that I can't think of right now.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born an raised within the LDS Mormon faith. But just because someone grows up within the LDS faith and gets baptized at 8 doesn't mean they are fully converted. I WAS baptized at 8 but I can't say I was converted until my senior year in high school, about a month and a half before I turned 18. It was shortly after I had finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time and I had actually taken up one of my seminary teachers and Moroni on the challenge to read the Book of Mormon earnestly and prayerfully to find out for myself whether it was true or not. I remember it quite well when it just came to me. I had just finished reading for the evening and was lying down and trying to go to sleep and thinking over the Book of Mormon in my head. I knew that if the Book of Mormon were true, then definitely Joseph Smith HAD to have been a true prophet and that the LDS faith was true since it still used and preached diligently from the B.O.M. As i sat there thinking this over, it just came to me, this really wonderful, warm, burning sensation within my heart. It's honestly like no feeling anyone can ever express properly in words. It's also very unique and personal to everyone who experiences the Holy Ghost. It's like trying to ask someone to describe what salt tastes like. It's indescribable and it's very personal. I know that I have a Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, who love me. I know the LDS faith is true, the B.O.M is true, and Joseph Smith was a true prophet.

How I live my faith

I like to make others happy. I like offering to my friends, family, and any others my knowledge in helping them solve their computer issues, help them solve other technical issues. I believe that service doesn't have to be something huge and elaborate all the time. Service can be simple if you have nothing huge and elaborate to do. Simple service can just be lending an ear to someone who wants to vent their problems, which I enjoy doing. I like listening to my friends and family, I like being there for those who just need someone to sit quietly and listen. I like making my friends and company feel comfortable and safe in my apartment. I like to live my faith by trying to make others feel appreciated and loved. I feel more and more lately that I have been heavily influenced in my past by negative media influences. I am trying much harder now to limit what things I view in the theaters, on t.v., and listen to in music and on the radio.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Charles
No, Mormons definitely do not only help Mormons. I had t the opportunity to serve a one year service mission for the LDS church at their Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life because I learned what I did not know about my own church. I had no idea the extent of the LDS Humanitarian Aid program. The Center itself blesses people two-fold. The Center offers jobs and job training to foreign immigrants and refugees who come to the United States with little to no education and/or job training. The Center will give them paid work and train them in whatever job skills they are interested in as well as offer a lot of them a GED course. They also employ people who may have a criminal record and wish to turn their life around. Along with helping those who work their. the work of these people is in turn helping to sort, organize, and put together the kits, clothes and other necessities and resources that are shipped everywhere in the world. Any place that has been affected by disaster, famine, or war, the church will send aid so long as the leaders of those nations will allow us in to help. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints holds no nationality, race, creed, political standing, age, or gender above another. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Charles
I do believe that there is a prophet alive today that is like Moses. His name is Thomas S. Monson and I do believe and have a testimony that he was called by God to direct the affairs of man in this modern day. Show more Show less