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Hi I'm Charisse

I am a wife, mother of four (one with special needs), a nurse, a student and a homemaker. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Mormon faith. My father liked to drink and I knew I wanted something different in my life. I grew up with friends who were Mormon and loved hanging out with them. Thanks to a special friend and her loving family I converted when I was 19 and have been blessed by it. In our family we have a child with Down Syndrome. Our daughter has taught us many things. She loves unconditionally like our Savior Jesus Christ did. I started a support group for parents with children with Down Syndrome in California in 1998. Our family now lives in Idaho where I attend school to earn my BS in nursing. Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and His grace I would have been lost! I am so thankful for His guidance and love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because as I grew up I saw and felt a difference at my friend's home compared to my own. My father had a drinking problem and there was stress in my childhood home. When I would go to my friend's house her mother would never loose her temper, her father interacted with all the kids and treated her mother with respect and kindness. I took the missionary discussions in their home when I was about 19. After I was baptized my mother was angry because she believed the Mormon church was a "cult" and made me listen to anti-Mormon lectures. I became inactive for several years. One day some missionaries knocked on my door. Soon they were coming over regularly to discuss the gospel. I knew I had to find out for myself if the Gospel was true. I wanted to find out by reading the Bible. The anti-Mormon stuff was still floating around in my brain. I remember coming across the verse in Hebrews 11. I hoped with all my heart that the Church was true and this chapter was my special message from my loving Father in heaven! I knew! I know this Gospel is the true Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. It has been restored. Martin Luther recognized that the ancient church had fallen into apostasy. The Light of Truth had diminished from the earth. Joseph Smith asked what church to join when he was 14. God answered him. God does answer prayers. If you want to test this out ask Him yourself and He will answer you I promise. You must watch and listen...but He will answer.

How I live my faith

I have served in many capacities in the Church. I have been a leader in our Young Women's group, and have taught the teens in Sunday School. I have taught the adult Sunday school class of Gospel Doctrine. I have served in the adult Women's group called the Relief Society as a first counselor and am now serving as a secretary. I live my faith by remembering that as a nurse I get to be the Lord's Hands. I get to care for others with kindness, compassion and caring. I strive to treat others as I would want to be treated.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Charisse
Our belief of the trinity is different then most orthodox churches. We believe that Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are separate personages but are united in purpose which is why we call it a Godhead instead of a Trinity. We see evidence of this principle in the scriptures. Stephan spoke of this as Saul (Paul) and others were stoning him in Acts 7:55. We see evidence of this during Jesus' baptism when all three individuals were present. Jesus says He and His Father are One as we are all one in the church. One in purpose. We also do not have a cross on our buildings. If bad people killed your friend with a gun would you have a picture of that gun to remember him by? Instead of cross we have pictures in our Sunday school class of Jesus standing by the empty tomb or ministering to the sick. We choose to remember the Resurrection instead of the suffering of Him on the weapon that hurt Him; the cross. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Charisse
We are Christians! We are trying to be like Jesus. We follow Him and live His teachings. We want to live like He taught His disciples, Love one another as I have loved you. Have love for one another. By this shall men know ye are My disciples if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35). We believe in God the Father and in His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that Christ was crucified for our sins and on the third day He rose again. He did this for each of us! He later ascended into Heaven and sits on the right hand of our Father in heaven. He will be our Judge because He understands us. He has the ultimate empathy for each of us. We believe in the resurrection of our bodies at that time. We believe that Christ also visited other lands. There are legends to support this. The Book of Mormon is a record of Christ's visit to this continent. Show more Show less