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Hi I'm Char Lyn

I was born in Korea, adopted by Americans, and married a Croatian. I'm a mother, an internet consultant, and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a racial minority, one of the less than 10 non-white children in my elementary school. Even at home, four of my six siblings at the time were white. (I now have over 20 siblings with a broader racial diversity.) With the stereotypes placed upon me, and my own frustration of being a tall blonde personality trapped in a short Asian body, I frequently had a difficult time accepting myself. I found solace in spirituality and academics. Though I had many friends and a huge family, my internal struggles kept me from being successful at dating. So instead of starting the family I longed for, I moved to Boston for work and went back to school again, and again. In my early 30's, I considered getting a doctorate. After an exploratory interview with a professor at Harvard Business School, I realized that a doctorate was just a replacement for my dream of a family. So instead, I put my energies into merging my blonde personality with my Asian body and finally learned to accept myself. And wouldn't you know, at the same time I would have turned in my Ph.D. application, I meet the man I married. Now I live on a small farm in the midwest with my Croatian husband and two Cro-Asian children. Thanks to all that schooling, I'm able to work from home as an internet consultant and raise my children. I hope to teach them to accept themselves at a much earlier age.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I'm a Mormon because I believe that the doctrine of the church is the most correct of any religion on Earth. I have friends of many different faiths, and I know we share many common beliefs. But, I gain greater understanding of God's plan for me by studying The Old and New Testament side by side with the Book of Mormon. I believe that God still has prophets on the Earth today and that they speak to us. As I listen to them speak and read their words, I know that God loves his children today just as he loved his children in the Old Testament. The more I study God's words from the past and the present, the more I feel his love in my life. Adhering to the principles of the gospel helps me to live a better life. I experience more joy, more love for others, and more acceptance for myself when I practice my faith. I am grateful for the peace I receive by following the guidance of the Holy Ghost in my life, and each week, as I participate in church services, my faith in God and in his plan for me is renewed and strengthened. I'm a Mormon because God loves me, and accepting his love is the path to my happiness.

How I live my faith

My faith is a core part of who I am, and so I live it by being myself. For me, that means always making choices that will allow the Holy Ghost to be with me. I try to avoid anything that will drive His spirit away. I am far from perfect, but I know that most of my day to day choices help me to stay close to God. Simple choices such as avoiding addictive substances, reading my scriptures, and saying my prayers, keep the spirit close to me. Because I have been so blessed to have the spirit with me, I know that I must act on the promptings He gives me if I want to keep Him close. So I listen hard and try to act on the inspiration I receive. I don't always hear correctly, but I know that as long as I listen for God's inspiration in my life, he will not lead me astray.