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Hi I'm Charity!

I'm an artist, a musician, a performer, a survivor, a sister, a daughter, a writer, an intellectual, a liberal and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the northwest corner of Denver, Colorado. When I was a kid, you heard as much Spanish on the street as English. Most of my neighbors were Catholic. As a little girl, I loved to go to my friends houses to eat smothered burritos, enchiladas and horchata. My grandparents were Jewish -- they survived the Holocaust and when they came to America, they focused on that: on being American. My mom was in the first class of Yale women and after arriving, went on a spiritual quest that left her in a most unexpected place -- she became a Mormon. Soon after, she became aware of her ancestry. She met my dad in school, he joined the Church and they were married in the Washington DC temple. I grew up with this kind of religious and cultural hybrid: We celebrated all of the Jewish holidays, learned the prayers and kept the traditions but we were practicing Mormons. We went to church, went on missions, we didn't swear, we tithed. We were this band of liberal, home schooling, vegetarian, Jewish Mormons and we confused pretty much everyone. Since others couldn't pigeon hole us, we didn't put meaningless limitations on ourselves. I went to a Jesuit University and finished by the time I was 18 in Politics and Economics with High Honors. I worked on Democratic campaigns for a year. Disenchanted with the whole system, I followed my passion and went of a fellowship to Europe to sing. Now, I work as a professional opera singer and public speaker all over the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon... hmmm... I could give you a lot of details, but the truth is, I am a Mormon because it makes me happy; Really, truly, deeply happy.

How I live my faith

So others always ask me about the "no"'s in Mormonism -- no drinking, no smoking, no sex before marriage, etc. But to me, the biggest way I live my faith is by what I do -- not what I don't do. There is this underlying belief that we can always do better. That we can always improve. That there is always something more to be done. Someone to love. Someone to help. Something. It can seem rather daunting. But really, it's tremendously exciting. I mess up all of the time, but that I can get better and help to bring everyone I know and love and care with me and that I can apply the spiritual truths I believe to the practical realities of my life -- well -- that's just about the most wonderful thing in the world.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Charity!
I am grateful that we believe is the sanctity and value of all life. While the church does not take a political position on whether abortion should be illegal or legal (and there are members of the church with both views), we do believe that elective abortion is a sin. However, we believe that the life of the mother is as important as any other life. This issue became particularly important to my family. I am one of 11 children. When I was 9, my mother was pregnant with twins. We found out they were conjoined at the heart and had some very serious health problems. Within a few weeks of this revelation, it became clear that the pregnancy its self would put my mother's life at severe risk. After discussing the situation at length with medical and spiritual leaders, it became clear that my mother was going to have to make this choice -- whether to end her pregnancy, or carry it to term. She chose not to have an abortion, but that choice was incredibly important, as was having a community of faith that supported her, either way. In the end, the babies were still born about 3 months early. But it was very important to me and my family that the church supported my mother in whatever decision she felt was right. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Charity!
So there is this scripture in the book of mormon we all learn when we're teenagers that says we "are that [we] might have joy" (Nephi 2:25). There are other things that are important -- learning the difference between good and bad, being part of a family, gaining experience that will help us in the eternities -- but all of these things are just a means to help us feel closer to our Heavenly Father, to one another and to bring us happiness. I love that. Show more Show less