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Hi I'm Charis

I've lived in 7 countries. I'm an ER doctor and mother of 2. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up a military kid, met my sweetheart in undergrad, got married and applied to medical school together. I'm only recently a 'real person'/out of residency and love going to puppet shows with my kids, having lunch with my mom, walking under autumn leaves, splashing in summer pools. Just because I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Everyone must decide for themselves what beliefs make the most sense in their mind and heart--whether they grew up around those or stumbled on them along the way. My stumbling and private research of the human experience has brought me across timezones: New Zealand, Europe, Israel, South America, Africa. There is--of course--some truth everywhere, in every culture, every experience. I have found the most truth, the most light/peace/clarity in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe in a God, I believe that He knows and loves all of His children, personally. It makes sense in my mind and heart that we are not just here in this life to wander, then to have existence end with death. It seems more likely that there is a plan, that this life has a purpose. A Savior was provided as part of that plan to offer all God's children the opportunity to live with Him forever. And the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me find joy and meaning in this life and hope for the life to come. That's why I am a Mormon. Because I just can't get enough of that light, that truth, that peace that comes so freely when I go to church and do the things/try to become what it teaches.

How I live my faith

I try to do things daily that will help me feel what I have come to recognize to be the influence of God's Spirit, or the Holy Ghost, in my life. Reading scriptures, praying, going to church, loving/serving other people help me to live what I believe in--that God lives, that He knows/loves all of His children and that Jesus is the Christ.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I’m a doctor, an American, a democrat, a mom, a daughter. I drive a beat up car, complain about the weather and probably eat too many sweets. Obviously, how one lives is influenced by the culture, climate of where they live, their family, past experiences, etc. But, the commonalities in Mormon lifestyle are: **Most often go to church every Sunday, have a duty or calling at Church, read the scriptures and pray daily, hold weekly family nights, care for the poor and needy, get all the education we can get, fast at least once/month, keep the Sabbath day holy, try to get out of debt, forgive, be honest, love/serve our neighbor, etc. **We’ve been counseled NOT to smoke or drink alcohol/tea/coffee. We believe in abstaining from sex before marriage and total fidelity after. The Church does NOT dictate occupations, political parties, # of children, where one lives, military service, etc. “The purpose of the gospel is . . . to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature.” So that’s the lifestyle you’ll find: all previous religions, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, cultures, occupations, political persuasions, severities of ‘sin’—from wherever they started, doing good, becoming better. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

The Church recognizes some circumstances that may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. Human life is a sacred gift from God. Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Show more Show less