Through a friend he came into contact with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was in his early twenties. He was particularly impressed by the orderliness of the Church. Conversion was easy, but changing the behaviors and principles he grew up with on the streets was more challenging.
As a young man he learned building and construction, and when he was offered a job in Nigeria, he decided to migrate there. Life in Nigeria turned out to be more difficult than expected. He describes Nigeria as a place where one needs to learn the system and struggle to get ahead and where politicians do not work for the common good. He himself would have liked to be a politician, and he is looking for opportunities to work his way into politics.
Charles is now married with two young children. He works in trade and is very involved with his local congregation in Ibadan, Nigeria. He has found the Church to be a little different in Ibadan than it was in Ghana. He had a more close-knit, familial experience with the Church in his home country. Nevertheless, he has found great opportunities to contribute in his new ward. Teaching Sunday School and Seminary has been a particular pleasure for him.
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