Hi I'm Charlee Té Allen
My name is Charlee. I am not really any more spectacular than the next person, but I love being me. I love Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and my family. I am very competitive and I love driving manual tranmission. I love setting and accomplishing goals (though I tend to set goals more than I accomplish them.) I don't feel pressure from my peers and I don't think celebrities are more than human. I have a strong belief that every person can be beautiful. I believe that the only time we become unattractive is when we allow ourselves to lose our hygiene and self-respect. This gospel is true. I know that. I love that. I am a daughter of God and I know he loves me.
Why I am a Mormon
I have had too many miracles in my life to be comfortable denying an existing God. I have lived my life according to the principles and standards that the LDS church sets and I have recieved the promised blessings that come from following this way of life. I find that keeping the Savior close to me through prayer, scripture study, and righteous living have made me the indpendent, strong, and happy person I am today. I have prayed asking if this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the only church to offer the full and everlasting truth, and the answered I recieved is: YES! This gospel has provided me with a perspective that every individual is important in the eyes of God, and should therefore be important in mine. I am a Mormon, because this church has made me happy and has consistently held true to the promises God has made.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
My prayers have been answered in so many ways. When I was five, prayer helped me find a missing quarter so I could buy Ice Cream from the Ice Cream Truck. When I was about eight a simple prayer asking if Heavenly Father was there, was answered with a warm and comforting feeling that wrapped around me like a blanket. During high school my prayers to Heavenly Father begged for me to feel like I fit in. The answer came through my best friend, theatre, lacrosse, and scriptures that reminded me Christ is always the role model not the follower. After high school my prayers have varied in what I ask of Heavenly Father and what I thank him for. The answers I receive have also varied. I encourage you to pray. Ask if it is really a way to talk to God and end in the name of the savior. You will receive an answer.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
During my teenage years, I had gained the habit of reading the Book of Mormon as a daily practice. I was not trying to grow closer to God exactly, I was not trying to find answers to problems. I was simply reading the Book of Mormon like a story. Simple strands of inspiration found their way into my life, but I had not really understood the power that the Book of Mormon had. My senior year of high school I found myself feeling rejected and alone. They were feelings I was not used to. I did not know how to cope with the simple trials of social drama. I was following my daily habit of reading the scriptures when verses in 2 Nephi stood out to me. I began to cry, and I read them again. It was as if the words had been written directly to me. They told me that if I was following Christ, if I was trying my hardest, then anyone that might try to hurt me would fail. I have read those verses several times since then and I can tell you they have not changed. Millions of people have read them and yet that day, it was as if those words were only meant for me. I knew then that Christ loved me. I knew that God had instructed for the Book of Mormon to be written, not just for me, but for everyone. I know that the Book of Mormon was written not just for me, but for everyone. This book is meant to bring us all to Christ. I know that it is not supposed to be read just as a story. It is meant to speak to us. It is directly from God and he wants us to know his words.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by remembering that those around me are children of God. Just as my Mother and Father want their children to be treated kindly and with love, so does Heavenly Father want me to have charity for everyone around me. Sadly, I am not perfect and I often make mistakes. The greatest part of living my faith is knowing that I have the ability to fix these mistakes and strengthen my weaknesses by coming unto Christ. Right now I am serving with the women's organization. I get to organize Sunday meetings. I also organize groups that the women participate in. I have the honor to get to know these amazing ladies and the unique talents that all of them have.