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Hi I'm Charise.

I am a mother day in and day out. I have spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a Mormon home. I came to genuinely appreciate and feel devoted to the Gospel as I set out on my own. Along the way I graduated from college, married an LDS man in the temple, and after a few years working as a financial analyst in the "real-world", chose to stay home and be a mother. I am now responsible to care for my terrific three daughters. I spend most of my days planning, prepping and cooking three meals for my family, keeping up with the laundry, taxiing my kids around to various activities, serving in our ward, and finding time for my hobbies such as blogging, reading and baking. Outsiders might say I lead a somewhat mundane life, but I can assure you there is nothing mundane when there are three little "moms" around. Often I'm just trying to keep up with what my designated pretend "role" for the day is and what creative outlet I can find for them. I am learning life is built in small moments of day-to-day life and I am beginning to appreciate and live up to those moments.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I need the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My life is enriched because of the foundation of this Gospel. Life brings a variety of challenges, some small with little day-to-day impact, others large and difficult with vast consequences. Where do people turn when times are difficult? I have this Church and my knowledge of Jesus Christ. I know that He suffered for me so that I can endure through my trials, overcome my weaknesses, better myself and become a stronger person. My husband and I are raising our children on the principles Christ taught while on the earth and we are educating them on the blessings of living according to a set of moral values and a faith-based doctrine. We live by laws that bring true happiness and I can attest to the joy I feel because of my conviction to the Mormon faith.

How I live my faith

Over the years my service in the Church has taken on many different forms. I learned the piano at a young age and many of my teenage and adult years have been spent supporting our Church's music programs in one way or another at the piano. I have also served in our women's organization assisting in our weekly lessons, and monthly social gatherings. We are a group of women with a common goal to help and uplift each other. As part of my participation, I also assist in visiting a group of women in our Church on a monthly basis. I have also served in our youth organizations, helping to teach the principles of our Gospel and guide them to become responsible and effective members of society.