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Hi I'm Charlotte

I'm a mom of 5. I am a fitness fanatic. I'm a writer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to tell people that the purpose of my life is to serve as a cautionary tale to others but really it's because I'm all about learning and to learn you have to make mistakes. Sometimes very public ones. Good thing I'm not easily embarrassed! 

Why I am a Mormon

Wife. Mother. Friend. Fitness Junkie. Author. Sister. Writer. Spaz. Recovering disordered eater. Daughter. Teacher. Activist. I have many titles that I wear proudly in my life but the one that means the most to me is Latter Day Saint, or Mormon. This distinction is so important to me because the religion, and the knowledge I have gained from it about our Heavenly Father's plan for His children, informs every other choice in my life. Before I am anything else, I am a daughter of God, a servant of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I was born LDS but I have had to find my own testimony of what I believe. I struggled for many years chasing an ideal of perfection - beauty, achievement, fame - that I was told by the media and others would make me happy but instead it only made me hate myself. I never felt good enough. Ultimately I have come to discover that the more I follow what the Lord tells me, the happier I am, no matter what the circumstances in my life. The closer I come to Him, the more I have been able to feel the redeeming power of His love, the strength of His vision for me and the saving grace of the greatest gift I have ever received: The Atonement of Jesus Christ. It's hard living in this world and being bombarded with negative messages about myself, who I am, what I do and what I look like but there is an answer, a refuge, a relief from the barrage. It is the Plan of Salvation. It is knowing that I am of intrinsic worth not because of anything I do but because of who I am and who I've always been and always will be. I'm me. I'm created, beloved and treasured by my Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because here is where I have found peace and happiness and safety.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in everything that I do! I'm very open about who I am and what I believe and why I choose to be a Mormon. I've adored working with teen girls both in church and in the community at the schools and as a volunteer at a battered women's shelter. Currently I teach the women's group at church which is awesome and often hilarious. I also love being active in the community whether it's on a smaller scale like bring soup and socks (I love socks! Doesn't everyone?) to a sick friend or on a larger scale like helping to organize a fundraiser for a friend in need of a bone marrow transplant. Right now I'm competing in a fitness-blogger challenge for charity.

Are Mormons Christians?

Living in a place where Mormons are a small minority, this is probably the question I get asked the most. For me, nothing is more sacred and personal than my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I believe he was born of Mary and is the Son of God. I believe he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross on Calvary so that all of us might be saved by the gift of His atonement. I believe he was resurrected three days later and that he will come again. I absolutely whole-heartedly believe in and love Jesus and am teaching my children to do the same. Generally though, I've found that when people ask me this question more often they are asking what makes Mormons different from other Christians. There are 3 major differences: 1) We believe that God, the father, Jesus, his son and the Holy Ghost are distinct beings (the first two having a body of flesh and blood, the third being a spirit) that are united in purpose. So, we don't believe in the concept of the "Trinity." 2) We believe in an open cannon, meaning that God still reveals scripture. We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God but we have companion scriptures as well that we believe are holy and inspired, most notably "The Book of Mormon." It is another testament of Jesus Christ, in addition to the Bible. 3)We believe that God still talks to man. Revelation didn't stop with the prophets in the Bible. When Christ's church was restored through Joseph Smith, prophets once again returned to the earth. We having a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, to whom God speaks. In addition, we believe in personal revelation. Rather than telling people they must follow unquestioningly like sheep, Mormons are encouraged to ask God themselves about doctrine, actions and anything else they are concerned about. He answers prayers. Show more Show less