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Hi I'm Charity

I am a mom, I am a soldier's wife, I am a Democrat and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am first and foremost a mother to four beautiful children. I am a soldiers wife, my husband has served in Iraq. He has missed the first steps and first words of his oldest two children. When I see a flag flying high my heart beats with the same emotions felt by Abigail Adams, and I am proud of that. I am also a daughter. My parents are divorced and have been since I was a teenager. I have a 'blended family' as it's referred to these days... which really just means complicated Christmas's. I am a daughter of God. This, I suppose should be on the top of my list... but I figured I'd get to that part in a bit. :)

Why I am a Mormon

My favorite scripture is Isaiah 49:15-16 'Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.' As a teenager, my life was NOT easy and like most kids in that stage of life I lashed out in every single way possible. I threw myself into the world thinking that I would find the solace I sought away from what I perceived to be a religion my parents had forced upon me. What I found instead was the arms of the Savior waiting patiently for me to turn around and fall into His embrace. I was 18 when I first read that scripture, I was in a book store and there was a piece of artwork with those words scrawled across the bottom. In the middle of that bookstore I cried. I knew that Jesus Christ loved me! Singularly and personally, His wounds were for me and yet He did not condemn me for those wounds, He reached for me with them and asked me to come to Him. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ is the true church. I know because I know the difference, I remember the difference and I choose the better path.

How I live my faith

To me, my faith is part of who I am. It's part of my very being and therefore impossible to differentiate. There have been times when, in a social situation I find myself thinking how wonderful it is to know that God is real and that He loves me. Sometimes I want to reach out and love those around me into understanding that simple truth. God is real, that is a fact. Does that make it easy to do those things I am expected to do? Well, at the moment I am in charge of teaching the women at church once a month. I am also in charge of making sure that we have weekly activities available so that we can become closer together as friends. I do not have easy responsibilities and some Sundays I wake up and I dread having to get in front of all those women. My palms sweat and my stomach turns into knots and I fumble over my words, but I do it! I do it because I know it is what Jesus Christ wants me to do. I do it because I know it will make me a better person and it will please my Heavenly Father. I live my faith day by day trusting in the Lord with all my heart, and all my might, and all my mind.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Charity
We are pretty normal people. Although I probably have a few more dresses in my closet than most women. I was taught that I should dress in my nicest clothing to go to church, where that translated into 'dress' I'm not sure, but I like dressing up so I don't complain. As for the men they wear suits and ties to church. On any other day of the week you can find me in a pair of Gap jeans and a tee-shirt. We do believe in modest dress, no uncovered shoulders, belly's or knee's. We believe that our appearance is important. I tell my children that it is like taking a can of paint or a permanent marker and scribbling all over a church or a temple (or a fine piece of art) because that is what our bodies are... temples. And who really wants to desecrate a temple? Other common customs we have... we refrain from tea, coffee, tobacco and illegal substances. We believe that anything that keeps you from fulfilling your primary responsibilities (family, work, children, gospel, and other important things like eating) is probably worth re-evaluating. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Charity
When I was a kid I used to get into these arguments with the other children. They'd say 'What religion are you?' and I'd say, 'I'm a Mormon." Then I'd ask, 'What religion are you?' and they'd say 'I'm a Christian.' Then I would go home and say, 'Mom what's a Christian?' and she'd say, 'Someone who believes in Christ.' 'Then we're Christians.' I'd say. The next day at school I'd go back to the kids, 'I'm a Christian too!' I'd announce proudly. 'No you're not. You're a Mormon.' 'A Christian believes in Christ. I believe in Christ, so I'm a Christian.' Round and round and round we'd go. By the time I was a little older I was thoroughly confused, perhaps my mom could have explained it differently. Perhaps she could have said simply... The actual name of our church is not Mormon, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe that Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer. We believe that He is our Lord and that He died for our sins. Some people say we aren't Christian.... I'm still a little confused as to what their definition is. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Charity
At the age of 14 Joseph Smith Jr. began an endeavor that would change not only his life, but the lives of millions of people that would live after him. It started with a simple question "Which church should I join?"--and an equally simple Biblical verse "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him." James 15 So Joseph Smith decided to pray about it and on a fine spring day he walked into the forest beyond his families homestead and knelt down to ask God. God's answer was far beyond what a 14 year old Joseph Smith had expected "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" After recovering his ability to speak, Joseph Smith Jr. asked the question that he had been praying about. "Which church should I join?" "I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight that those professors were all corrupt that “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof." So began the journey of one man to do as the Lord had commanded of him. Joseph Smith is credited with the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ and the translation of the Book of Mormon. In June of 1844 Joseph and his brother Hyrum were shot and killed by a mob. He was 38. Joseph Smith never once recanted his vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. "I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation."  Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Charity
I've always wondered this myself. The definition of a cult is an extremist religion that lives outside of main stream society and is run by a charismatic leader. Since I frequent Wal-Mart and happen to be currently enthralled with Jack Bauer and 24, I'm not sure what part of 'main-stream' society I don't participate in. Any way, when I figure out why people call us a cult I'll be sure to tell you. Show more Show less