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Hi I'm Charlene

I'm a mother of seven sons, all eagle scouts, I have been married 35 years, I have stage four peritoneal cancer and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I enjoy painting , singing, piano . I played leads in many musicals and my family has enjoyed music in our home, we all sing and play instruments. I taught piano and voice for 30 years. I was a den leader and involved in scouting. I have sent my sons on missions for the church and wish to serve a mission with my husband one day. When I found out I had cancer, I was so grateful I had the knowledge that there is a God and His Son who came to earth to bear my burdens and teach me the way back to Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for the love and support that all my church members and leaders have given me fighting this ugly disease. It is only through hope in the Savior that I can keep going with faith to live on and let Heavenly Father create the miracles that keep happenening in my life. Every day is a gift from God, and I enjoy looking around to find the good that I can do.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ as a child and I knew in my young heart, even then, it was true. I have had many experiences in my life that have reaffirmed how I feel. My ancestors traveled by ox cart, handcart, train, and sailboat to be able to raise their families in the new faith of mormonism they found. Knowing this, I found out for myself by reading the Book of Mormon and praying that the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints has all the truth and is the most correct on the earth. It is the Saviors church on the earth today. He lives! He is at the helm and that is such a comfort to me, because I know the things I am taught are correct and I don't have to look anywhere else, I have it. I will be forever grateful to Him for all he has done for me.

How I live my faith

I wake up every morning with gratitude for another day. I read my scriptures and have family scriptures and family and personal prayer. It is a great start to the day. It is wonderful to think of who I can serve during the day and what I can do for others. My sixth son is serving in Peru as a missionary and I write and support him all of the time. My other sons have served in Montana, Guatemala,Boston, Michigan and Washington. I have one more son to go! I have a church calling as a Relief Society pianist and as a visiting teaching supervisor. I have had callings all of my life. I have supported my husband as he has served as a bishop twice. I have pulled handcarts as a ma on treks, and have served as ward and stake RS, YW, and Primary leadership. I love the Lord and will do all I can while I breathe to further His kingdom on the earth. Since my illness I have not been able to do as much and I ache to do more, but this has been a great learning time for me as I have delved into the scriptures as never before and been taught many things and have a greater understanding of my time on this earth. I have gained greater faith as I have learned to trust in the Lord with all my heart .

What is faith?

I believe that it is only through the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I can be saved. He lives and is a glorious being! It is through His atonement that I can repent, bear the burdens of cancer and of life, and be ressurected after I die. It is only through being baptized with correct authority from the Savior and partaking of His other ordinances and living His commandments that I can live with Him again. Faith is an action word. It takes work to develop faith and complete trust in the Savior. When we submit our will to Him great things can happen in our hearts and lives. Show more Show less