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Hi I'm Charlene

I am a mom and a teacher of 4th graders, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Butte, Montana. We didn't attend any church. I wondered at a young age about God. I watched people at the church across the street from my house. I wondered why they went there and what they did there? One day some Mormon missionaries came to our house. I was about 5 years old, but I knew my mom was talking to some people about God.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom eventually joined the church and we started going to church every Sunday and a few other days of the week too. There were activities for all ages and I really felt like I belonged to something important. That was important to me, but even more important was the things I felt. I felt truth, as I learned things there, I felt there really was a God, who knew me and loved me. It gave me hope, courage, and everything that I read and studied and experience, felt right. One day I knew I needed to know for sure, for myself. I determined that I needed to read the Book of Mormon, and then compare it to the Bible. I found the Book of Mormon, while it was long, it was easy to read and a great story. But it was more, so much more. It is full of truth. There are teachings about Jesus Christ that are more clear, more understandable than the Bible. I love the Bible, but the Book of Mormon gave me so much knowledge of Jesus and so many Christian teachings that they are too numerous to mention. How to treat my neighbor, how to raise my children, who Jesus really is. What his church should look like and that miracles are real, and have been around since the beginning of time. It gave me a clearer picture of God's whole plan and not just the time of the Bible or for a small group of people but for all people, everywhere. I am a Mormon because I have prayed about what I have learned and I feel that it is right, it gives me an understanding of the purpose of this life, and it makes me happy!

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I have participated in activities for women. I learn from our activities how to be a better mother, how to be a friend, how to decorate my home, how to be a working mother, how to take care of my finances, to be a better Christian, and more. I have been able to teach classes for young people, plan and prepare neighborhood activities, and to be the President of the women's organization. I have helped my neighbors when they were sick or dying. I have be able to help out at youth camps and youth activities. I have friends wherever I move and find friendly people who have the same standards and beliefs that I have. I can feel confident that there will be either organized, or unorganized opportunities to visit and talk to other people about things that matter to me and to my family. There are activities, some that apply to me and many more that don't. I can choose to participate or not. I especially appreciate that every time I go to church, I feel the spirit and learn something from other members who just like me are trying to be better people. I know they are not perfect and that too helps me since I make many mistakes and am far from perfect. When I make mistakes, i can go back to church and feel that it is ok, and try to learn from my mistakes. I want to become more perfect, and these friends help me to do that. I also learn from the spirit, from my Heavenly Father as I attend church. I feel that things are right and I try to use those feelings in my life to improve myself and my family.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Charlene
We believe that all men and women were first born to a Heavenly Father that loves us. He then wanted to give us the opportunity to become more like him, so he offered us the opportunity to come to this earth to receive and physical body like he has. This body therefore is a sacred gift from God. It houses our spirit body and has the potential of becoming more like our Father. This sacred gift should be treated with the upmost care and respect due to a creation of a God who loves us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Charlene
We believe that baptism is a sacred ordinance that is required to become more like our Father in Heaven. Even Jesus wanted to be baptized even though He was perfect, because it was a commandment, and as He said, "to fulfill all righteousness." If Jesus Christ needs to be baptized, then surely we need to receive that sacred ordinance as well. It also gives us the privilege of washing our mortal bodies clean of sin, and gives us the chance to start fresh and to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, a gift from our Heavenly Father, to teach us and to help us along the voyage of this life. Show more Show less