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Hi I'm Charity

I danced ballet for thirteen years. I competed in Latin Ballroom with my husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to dance. I love to move, to run, to play. I have three small children and they are the light of my life. We learn together daily. They are gaining a love of reading and music just like both their dad and I. It truly fills me with delight to see them dance and snuggle together as we read "Charlotte's Web." I am an amateur photographer. I love seeing a moment and capturing it into a timeless joy to remember and share. I went to college and studied Biology. While I look forward to someday going to medical school and becoming a doctor I loved the time I had working on my undergraduate degree. I worked in a progressive lab studying DNA. I went to Brazil to collect and study insects. It was an incredibly rewarding and humbling trip. There I learned some of my limits. I am finding that one of my life's mottos is: You can do hard things. Life isn't easy but the small moments pieced together are filled with hope and joy. I own a business with my husband. We are learning how to work together both as parents, partners and spouses. I hope to one day write a book. I love life and all the opportunities and challenges it affords me.

Why I am a Mormon

I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon when I was about fifteen years old. I had always believed in the truthfulness of the restored gospel but when I reached fifteen I wanted to know not just to believe anymore. I began praying nightly to know of a surety that the Book of Mormon was true. The answer didn't come immediately. It actually took about six weeks. I had started reading the Book of Mormon again and was halfway through First Nephi. While reading this bok one night the sweetest feeling came over me, a peace and an unspeakable happiness. I knew then that I knew that the Book of Mormon was true. I didn't just believe anymore. With the assurance that the Book of Mormon was true I knew that the Church was true for The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. From that time I've never looked back. I've had many trials in my life and have fallen to my knees countless times in prayers for understanding and help and I have always received what I needed. I have felt the presence of angels and know that Heaven is not far. I have been protected in frightful circumstances and have known that it was through the power of God that I was protected. I know that Jesus is my Savior. He has taken burdens from me that would have ruined me physically and emotionally. He protects me now. Most importantly I know that He loves me. I know that I can always count on him, always. When I rely to heavily on the "arms of men" I fall but when I put my full trust in my Savior I am guided down the right paths, to the right answers. I know that my Father in Heaven wants what is best for me. I know that I matter. Because I know that I matter I know that my husband, my children, the family I grew up in all matter too. I know that we can be an eternal family. I love that we have been placed in families to learn and grow. It is hard but it is oh so good. My greatest strength outside of my testimony of the restored gospel is my family. How grateful I am that the Lord gave me my family.

How I live my faith

I start my day out with a prayer. When I forget, I am reminded because my day does not go as smoothly. It's a great built in reminder. I work with the young women at church, specifically with those who are ages twelve to thirteen. I love them! I find myself on facebook or texting them often as those are the most convenient platforms for them. They tell me of their lives, their routines at school, friends and boys. They are so willing to learn right now which is great! I try to share tidbits of things that I've learned whether from when I was a youth or now. I plan weekly purposeful activities with them. I am in class with them on Sundays listening and sharing when the time is right. I am supported by other great women in this calling. We too are in constant contact making sure that life is together for each of us. What a blessing friendship and love is! I look forward to the time that my daughter is in Young Women's. I am also a visiting teacher. I visit women I go to Church with who are now truly my friends. We literally cry together, laugh together and support each other in this journey called life. I love the time we take out of our lives to visit each month. I have found that when we share our burdens they become lighter for everyone and when we pray the Lord can truly take the burden.