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Hi I'm Charlene

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 72 year old wife of an Air Force Retiree, mother of seven, grandmother of thirty and greatgrandmother of twelve. I have lived in Alabama, Nevada and Arizona while my husband was in the service. We retired in Arizona. I enjoy an array of interests and hobbies. I love to do oil paintings, pressed flower art, crochet, write poetry and just write in general. At present my spare time is used to do Genealogy Indexing for the Church and taking care of two grandchildren while their mother and father work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that already enjoyed the blessings of membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents were active and made sure I partook of the advantages of membership in the church also. I was baptized at the age of eight and was thrilled that I could be baptized in the Mesa Arizona Temple baptismal font. At that time the only font in the area was at the temple. I always had a great faith in my family's belief in the truth of the church. I never questioned it and followed protocol for members by not only being baptized but actively participated in all the organizations, and being married in the Mesa Arizona Temple. However there came a time when I knew I had been living on borrowed light. By this time I was in my forties and one of my children had caused me to see that I must have my own testimony if I were going to make any headway with my children, as far as the gospel was concerned. I had read the Book of Mormon several times and felt strongly it was true. But for some reason, I felt I needed more than just a feeling that it was true. I needed an assurance. Following every path I felt I may have neglected in the past: reading the scriptures daily, fasting, repenting and meditating and relying wholly upon the merits of Jesus Christ I prayed fervently for a sure testmony. The blessing came while reading Doctrine and Covenants 29:3, "Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that at this time your sins are forgiven you, therefore ye receive these things; but remember to sin no more, lest perils shall come upon you." At that very moment there came flooding into my mind and heart, not only that I was forgiven for my sins, but also that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet. I knew we had a prophet of God at the head of the church and it was and is true. Continued revelation is a reality. I knew for myself and not another. I no longer had to live on borrowed light.

How I live my faith

I have greatly enjoyed teaching in the children's organization as well as the women's. I have also found pleasure in singing in the ward choir as well as leading the music there. For many years I lead the music in the children's organization and found real happiness in serving there, no less true in the women's organization. I was also a temple worker in the Manti, Utah Temple for seven years. Morning devotionals of prayer, writing in my journal, searching and pondering scriptures are vital in my walk with the spirit, not to mention attendance at my meetings, fulfilling my callings as a visiting teacher and district leader as well as attending the Temple and serving my family members three of whom are ill.