Hi I'm Charlene.
I love to create, I love to watch old movies, I love to find a great bargain, and most importantly...I love my husband and our two fabulous daughters!
Why I am a Mormon
When I was about nine years old, I developed a huge crush on Donny Osmond. I soon learned that he was a Mormon. I was raised in a different faith. I didn't even know other religions existed, so the concept of Mormon meant nothing to me. I soon learned that it meant he didn't drink or smoke. As the years went by and I entered junior high school, my friends started to drink and smoke in the woods behind our house. Whenever they offered some to me, I would always so "no." Why? Because I truly believed that Donny wouldn't like me and of course he would never marry me if he knew I drank and smoked!!!! During that same time my mom would read "Reader's Digest." There were often ads in there titled "What Keeps the Osmonds Together and Happy." You could fill out a form and receive info about the church, so I did. I started to learn everything I could about the faith. (Donny was married by this time, so I knew all hopes of marrying him were over!) When I was a junior in high school, the missionaries came into the store where I worked. I looked at them and said, "Are you Mormon missionaries? I have been looking for you my whole life!" As soon as the missionaries began teaching me the discussions, everything they taught me sounded so familiar. I always knew that prophets were still on the earth; it was a concept that I thought about from the time I was a child. I also always knew that Jesus Christ must have appeared to people in other parts of the world. I knew that every word the missionaries taught me was true. December 2010 marked the 28th anniversary of my baptism.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
When my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, we immediately decided that we would choose faith over fear. Faith and fear cannot co-exist. You must choose one or the other. We chose faith, and the choice has brought peace to our lives during a time that could be very unsettling.
How I live my faith
I live my faith every second of every day. It is more than a faith, it is a way of life. Every thing I do, every choice I make, and every thought I have are centered around my knowledge of my purpose in this life.