Hi I'm Charlotte
Laughing is my favorite, singing, hugging, and chocolate cake round out the top four. I'm a Mormon.
When I was little and I imagined how my life would be, it included a college education, marriage to a perfect for me man, and a house full of children to raise. So far I've made it to many of those, but it didn't happen in the way or at the time that I thought it would. There were times along that road that were frustrating and painful, but now I'm grateful for how everything is turning out. I married my husband when I was 37 years old, after I had completed an advanced accounting degree, traveled the world, learned Spanish, recorded a CD of vocal music, solidified my place as a beloved aunt, and got a job as the controller for a performing arts organization. About a year an a half after we were married, we were the parents of a beautiful daughter. Although my hope/plan is to be a stay-at-home mother, for now we have some unique challenges in our family, and we have decided that the best thing for everyone concerned is for me to continue at my job. As an accountant, I'm able to do much of my work from home, and my husband's job has some flexibility as well. To make our situation even better, we have parents close by, and they have been a great help to us. Between the four of us, we're managing to care for, love, and raise our daughter in a situation that is much more ideal than I had originally imagined it could be. In short, I feel blessed. It's clear to me that my life hasn't turned out the way I'd hoped or planned. It's turned out even better.
If I had to answer this query in one sentence, I think I would just have to say that I am a Mormon because doing so feels absolutely right to me, from the surface of who I am all the way down to the deep bedrock of my soul. That's kind of a flowery way to put it, but it's the truth. My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond were all Mormons, and so I started out in the LDS Church as much for the sake of tradition as anything else. When I got into my teenage years though, I had some experiences that made me want to know for myself if "my" church was really God's church, and if it was where He wanted me to be. I spent months studying the scriptures and sincerely praying to know the answer to these questions, and I eventually received a very calm peaceful witness from the Holy Spirit that yes, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Christ's church on the earth, and that I was wanted and needed there. I've had that witness reconfirmed to me again and again as I have continued to serve and participate in the Church. It's where I belong, and it is where I am most happy.
Though I am far from perfect, I try to follow the advice given by Paul to Timothy in the New Testament. In writing to his friend, Paul counseled Timothy to "Be thou an example of the believers . . .". In my daily life I try to be honest and kind, sincere and compassionate, helpful and loving. Some days are easier than others, and my actions are often far from my ideal of what I think a believer should be, but I take heart in the knowledge that as long as I continue striving, I will eventually meet my goal, and in the meantime, God is able to fill in the gaps that my inadequacies leave. In my congregation I teach music and basic doctrine to children between the ages of 3 and 12. I've been doing that for nearly five years now, and it is one of the great joys of my life. There is something so fulfilling about seeing a child grasp a concept that is dear to my heart, so exciting about hearing young voices sing out the lyrics which I know can build inner confidence and faith. In some ways I feel like I've come full circle, for I often teach songs that I learned as a child, and as I do so, I'm reminded of the experiences that I've had in my life that have molded me into the person I am today.