Charlotte Bechtel is a Christian missionary, to the Mormon population out in Utah. She is currently living in Payson Utah. She says:
“Many years ago in a town far away, far from Utah, I was born to a Christian couple, the firstborn of five children. I appreciate my country upbringing in Michigan and most of all appreciate the Biblical teaching and training of my parents. When I was seven years old and attending a children’s Vacation Bible School, I acknowledged that I was a sinner (Romans 3:23) and in need of receiving Jesus as my personal Savior (John 1:12). Not relying on my parents or my church, I trusted in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for me (I Peter 2:24).
When I was about 12 years of age and attending a youth Bible Camp I committed my future to the Lord and His plan for my life. This has included graduating from Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music in Michigan, and joining a faith mission Biblical Ministries Worldwide for full time service.
I had served in southeast Idaho for twenty-two years, mostly in children’s and youth ministries, before moving to Utah. The Lord led me to my present ministry at KEYY in 1988, which includes being in charge of public service. One of my favorite programs is “Walk In the Word,” which I listen to weekdays on the way to work. It is a privilege to be serving the Lord in Christian radio as we proclaim the gospel of grace, which makes one free from the bondage of the law and the condemnation of sin. Jesus Christ truly is the “Key to Life!”
Through various changes in my life I am always reminded of life-long favorite verses found in Proverbs 3:5 & 6. God has directed my path and given me true lasting joy and satisfaction. Besides serving at the radio station, I serve in Payson Bible Church and also enjoy outdoor activities.” (www.keyy.com)
Charlotte had interest in missions already in high school. She enrolled in Bible college for a year but continued the next two years while working at a bank. She had so much dissatisfaction in her job as the Lord continued urging her forward. She did not know what she would do as she graduated in 1964 as a teacher for children’s ministries. She came out west with a summer ministry team and was introduced to the Mormons, also known as the Latter Day Saints. She moved to Idaho where she worked with Biblical Ministries Worldwide in 1965. The Lord put it on Charlotte’s heart to invest all her efforts into these people, and so along with children’s classes she would also hold small adult classes and some high school release-time classes giving Biblical training. Other ministries included ladies Bible studies, Sunday school, VBS, and Bible camp.
There were Bible clubs in people’s homes and schools, since there were not many churches that taught the gospel. In 1987 Charlotte moved to Utah to minister to the largest Mormon society in America. She taught Sunday School at a BMW church plant in Payson and began broadcasting on a Christian radio station called KEYY radio. In 1988 BMW took over the radio station. KEYY broadcasts many of the same programs that we have here on Christian radio in Wisconsin, such as Focus on the Family, Family Life Today with Bob Lepine, Adventures in Odessey, Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, Midday Connection, Revive our Hearts, Let my People Think with Ravi Zacharias, Moody Presents, A Word with You with Ron Hutchcraft, Grace to You, Insight for Living, and Music Through the Night and so on . . .
Charlotte says that the work is very slow, the people are very indoctrinated, though many are not active. They often have many questions about what the Mormon Church has taught them. When they realize they have been fooled and lied to, they may reject anything religious.
Some folks do not know what, exactly, a Mormon believes, so Charlotte gives a small look into the people she is trying to reach. They are taught that there are many gods, and that God was once a man, and that a loyal Mormon man can become a god someday. They have to work very hard for their faith, and there are certain requirements that they have to meet in order to be a “worthy” Mormon. They believed that there are three different heavens and that they have to go through different steps such as proving loyalty, tithing, serving in the church, keeping committed to reading the Mormon scriptures, abstaining from certain foods, eventually becoming good enough to go to the Mormon Temple. They believe that God is married and that there is a mother god, and the father god. They are taught that they must bring many children into the world in order to give the spirit children that are pre-existing, an opportunity to become mortal. This is very debilitating to the women, many of whom are depressed or on medication for depression, a result of stress from the expectation of rearing many children and active participation in church activities.
In Utah, such a dark place, nine churches are currently being planted and people are being reached through the radio ministry. Charlotte is very optimistic for the Mormon people, and has seen new believers coming to Christ. She asks that we would pray with her in these things:
- KE YY is expanding and has a new manager who also serves in the Payson church. She asks that we would pray for wisdom and guidance for him and staff.
- That God would expand Payson Bible Church outreach since their move into their new church building, March 14.
- Pray for the mission families especially for the teens, as it is very difficult for the missionaries’ kids to fit in and to feel like they belong, since everyone there is Mormon. There is a lot of pressure.
- That Charlotte and the mission families would be able to share the Gospel with love for the Mormons and be an example of Christ with their lives.
“When I moved to Utah I met neighbors in the mobile home park. One couple was an older inactive Mormon couple. Through the years much time was spent with them and they became good friends. There were many opportunities to share a Christian witness. The day came when I was sitting at the side of the man as he was dying but even then I was able to share the Gospel and pray for him. Only God knows his heart as he slipped into eternity. Soon after that his wife agreed to a personal Bible study. Before she passed away, a few years later, she had professed to receive Christ and was regularly attending church with me. Though her Mormon relatives planned the Latter Day Saint memorial service, I was given the opportunity to speak and the Lord helped me share with many unbelievers in attendance the message of salvation in Christ alone because of His grace and not our works. I am now building a friendship with another neighbor. Please pray for the salvation of Patsy.”
“Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the
victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth
is thine. Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head
above all.” I Chron. 29:11
Rejoicing in Him,
If you would like to know more about Charlotte’s ministry look on the web at Biblical Ministries Web-site… www.biblicalministries.org
If you would like to further support Charlotte or send her a letter you can mail or email her at:
P.O. Box 115
Payson, UT 84651
To find out more about the radio station she works with just go to: www.KEYY.com