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Hi I'm Charlene.

I teach college-level creative writing courses and I'm a writer, myself. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in California, but currently live in Arizona with my husband, an Arizona native. I earned my BA in English in 2006. After that, I earned my MALS in Arts and Culture with a creative writing concentration in 2011. I've always loved to read and write, and I have made that my career. I write full-time and I teach college-level creative writing courses. When I'm not writing or reading, I love to dance, play tennis, swim, and bask in the Arizona sunshine.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised Mormon, I still felt as though I had to convert. I had to make the choice of what I wanted in my life and how I wanted to spend the time given to me. I chose to hold strong to the Mormon faith because it gives me strength and understanding during difficult times, but also during happy, momentous experiences. I'm a Mormon because I've felt the tingling of truth in my heart and mind when I study the scriptures and the talks and writings of former and current prophets. This faith gives me something firm, stable, reliable, and uplifting to hold onto when the rest of the world is unstable and increasingly fluid. Now that I'm married, I wouldn't want to raise my future family any other way than the way I was raised. The Mormon faith was my one stability when my parents divorced. It was my one truth while I was away at college and finally was able to make adult decisions for my newly adult life. It was what led me to my husband and all the good things in my life. It is also keeping me afloat during current heartbreaking times of infertility, pregnancy loss, and medical trauma, even though my life seems to be spinning around me so quickly that I often lose my breath. This religion, this belief system, has given me more than I can ever give in return. And because of that, I will spend my present and my future devoted to the teachings and goodness that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Because my faith is important to me, I try to live it better than I did the day before. I represent the Mormon church in everything that I say and everything that I do. I've made an important commitment to this faith, and I try to exemplify that commitment by being an example of what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers. As I become more knowledgeable and faithful, I'm overcome by the good things that come into my life.