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Hi I'm Charleen

I'm a singer, love the theater am in the Army Reserves and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I joined the LDS faith on February 28th 1993. I was raised in the Lutheran Church, but was looking, much like Joseph Smith, for the true church. One that had the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ within it's doctrine and the actions of it's members. I searched for 12 years for His Church and was at the point where I was beginning to think it did not exist, so I went back to the church I was raised in. The Church I was raised in was not a bad church, by any stretch of the means, but I felt as though something were missing. I had never considered investigating the LDS faith in the past, but something came up to cause a deep curiousity and since I was looking for truth I thought it unfair to ignore my curiousity despite what I had heard from many others. A close friend of mine was LDS so she helped me understand what they believed. I gave all others an equal and fair chance as I asked questions of not only the Mormons, but members of other faiths as well. I had a Spiritual experience one day while I was studying that I could not deny. That is why I joined. It has not been an easy road. My faith has been challenged on many occassions and I discovered that, as in all other churches, the LDS have members too who do not always do what is right. The doctrine is here for all to see, however, and to grow by if we can set aside our prideful, arrogant natures and humble ourselves as a child. He truly will be the source of all truth for us as we do so.

Why I am a Mormon

 It took me a while to undersand the importance of revelation as the LDS taught, but the Spiritual experience I had while investigating the LDS faith, was what we call revelation. Revelation is when God speaks to us and tells us things that are true and we can feel His presence. Revelation allows us to know how to interprete the truths in the scriptures and our experiences will teach us too as we seek answers to our questions about life here and life everlasting. Revelation will give us peace in knowing that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that He did die for us all on the cross, and that He is who He says He is and has all power and authority in Heaven and on earth. A scripture from John talks about some who no longer walked with Him. Jesus turned to Simon and asked him if he would leave too. Simon replied that he knew and was sure that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, if he left, where could he go. He knew. Just like Simon knew, so do I, through the same means because flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto me, but my Father which is in Heaven. Where can we go, when we know and are sure. There is no where else I want to be than standing on a sure foundation of truth.

How I live my faith

 No matter what church we are members of, the church is filled with imperfect people. My imperfections aside, I hope to serve and make a differance along my journey here on earth. I have never turned down a responsibility that I have been asked to fullfill in the church. Because of many of the mis-conceptions about Latter Day Saints, I also take time to answer questions that others ask or doubts they may have to set the record straight. Fidei Defensor, Latin for Defendor of the faith I pay a full tithe to my church knowing that all that I give goes to where it is needed the most. I have truly "experimented upon the word" by trying to follow a living Prophet as well as what the Lord tells me personally through revelation. I try, as best as I can, to be an "example of the believers". I am a singer, so I use my voice to sing unto the Lord and to motivate and inspire others. I am also in the military, so wherever I have gone in my military service, I have tried to help move and inspire there as well. While in Kuwait I prepared church bulletins, led the music, taught lessons, and even did some missionary work. I have 9 children of which one has served a faithful mission to the Philippines. We lost a daughter, which was difficult, but there are some things we can do nothing about in this life. I hope that some were inspired during her funeral services because of the type of person she was to so many. We give educational scholarships in her name. I live confidently, the life I believe my Savior would be pleased with, imperfections aside. I have gathered my family in family home evenings and encourage them in their successes. Many of my children are not actively serving in the church, but no matter where they are at in life I love them and continually hope for their spiritual sucesses as well as the more worldly ones. I know them well and have confidence that the Lord will work with them as He has worked with me.

What is faith?

Charleen
Faith is things hoped for that are true that we cannot always see with our own eyes. It is continuing on even through difficult times knowing that somehow things will be made right. According to a popular primary song "Faith is knowing the sun will rise lighting each new day, faith is knowing the Lord will hear my prayer each time I pray. Faith is like a little seed, if planted it will grow, faith is a swelling within my heart, when I do right, I know." Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Charleen
Each of our Temples say at the entrance "Holiness unto the Lord". The Temple to a Latter Day Saint is much like the burning bush was to Moses. When we go, we are on Holy Ground. We can recieve answers to our prayer. We perform sacred ordinances in the temple such as baptisms and confirmations for our ancestors. Families can be sealed eternally. It is a place of reverence and peace from the storms of the outside world. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Charleen
Modesty and Chastity are related because the way we treat our body will lead us to either break the Lords law of Chastity or to keep it. What we wear is a reflection of how we see ourselves. If our bodies are a temple where the Spirit of God dwells, then it makes sence to treat it with respect. Parents can teach this by word and very deed, through their examples. Family home evening is a good opportunity to teach as well. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Charleen
Mormons believe that the family was meant to be eternal, so much that we seek after our ancestors to have them sealed to us as well. Everything taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints is meant to teach us about who we really are, which is eternal beings with a grand design, daughters and sons of a King. We invite all to join us and this is why we care so much about doing missionary work as well is to bring all unto Christ. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Charleen
Because it is differant. We tend to fear things that we do not undersand. In ancient days Jesus and His followers were considered "cult-like" as well. His death, in fact, came about because what He taught was so differant than the world around them. So it is today, with the LDS Church, whom we believe is a restored church rather than a reformed church.  Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Charleen
The faith of it's members in trying to live as we should. I was attracted to the church because of what I had seen in many of it's members. They were differant. I could see myself as one of them and who they seemed to be to me was also how I was taught to live as a child. I saw reflections of the Savior in many of their lives. We live in a difficult and stormy world where in many cases it is hard to know who or what is right. The Mormons seem to stand out as that light on the hill. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Charleen
 Relief Society is our women's organization whose motto is "Charity never faileth". We are all about relieving the suffering of those whose hands hang down. We are builders of faith for those who have no faith, an abundance of faith, and everything in between. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Charleen
It is our hope that ALL faithful male members will serve a mission for the Lord, but no one is forced to serve, although it is strongly encouraged. For females it is an option for them to serve if they choose. Our daughter chose to serve a mission and she served in the Philippines for 18 months. Males who serve will serve for 24 months. We have senior missionaries who might choose to serve as well. So, no, not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. Some circumstances may prevent service as well. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Charleen
Through humanitarian aide. Through our humanitarian aid program the LDS faith has helped thousands of people world-wide to re-build after natural disasters and tremendous losses. I suspect we are currently preparing to help in Japan now March 2011 because of the Tsunami that is occurring there. Show more Show less