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Hi I'm Charity

I'm a physician assistant, part-time soldier, a daughter, a sister, and an aunt (my favorite!), I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have worked in Healthcare since I was a teenager, the workings of the Human Body never cease to amaze me! I am close to my family, and love to spend time with them. I enjoy a little friendly 'competition' to be the "Favorite Aunt". I joined the military (part-time/reserve) when I was 18, I love my country and feel that freedom, especially religious freedom is so important to a successful society. I have served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other overseas humanitarian aid efforts. I feel that my faith is a part of me that fits into each of these roles. I have values to pass on as an Aunt, I have perspective when my patients have health issues that are beyond mortal ability to solve, and peace of mind, even in dangerous and difficult situations.

Why I am a Mormon

I have worked as a Trauma Physician Assistant for several years, both close to home, and overseas with the military. I meet my patients on the worst day of their life, and some on the last day of their life. I will never forget the first day I 'lost' a patient, death seemed so final and frightening. My mind could not comprehend that someone who had eaten lunch with friends a short time earlier would never return home to his family again. My faith is what got me through - knowing that although a life had ended too soon, and a family was surely grieving, there was a loving God who would watch over the family and had a plan for them to be re-united after this life. And then it hit me that this same loving God cared about me, and that no matter the trial, He would send His Holy Spirit to comfort me as well. I love the reassurance that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings to my life - no matter the chaos around me, in my faith I can always find a sense of peace.

How I live my faith

I am an active participant in my church congregation - from Sunday meetings, to personal scripture study and prayer. I even enjoy the slightly less glamorous things, such as helping clean our congregation's meetinghouse! I love serving and worshiping with my friends and neighbors. I love meeting new people - it's usually fun, but even when I work with difficult people, or those with special needs, I remember that they are children of God, and in a sense my brothers and sisters.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Charity
Mormon Women are in many ways the same as other women of the world - we wear modern (but modest) clothing, some of us are married, some divorced or widowed, and some single. Some of us work, some go to school, some have children, many juggle several of these rolls at once. We do believe that as women we have a sacred call of Motherhood, in the Bible Adam called Eve "The Mother of All Living" before she had even had any children (Genesis 3:20). Likewise, we believe that motherhood is not just a state of having children, but a way of interacting and relating to friends, neighbors, and even strangers in need of help and comfort. Mormons believe that all are children of God, and that although we have different talents, abilities and interests all are needed and important. I believe that this principle extends to the roles that men and women have. Just as we are biologically different, we have different abilities and insights, and we work best when we work together. When we serve in our church there are responsibilities that are unique to men and women, for example, women oversee the children's Sunday School organization (although men may serve as teachers to individual classes) and men administer the sacrament. We also have roles and responsibilities that are shared by both men and women such as teaching Sunday School, serving those in need and speaking in Sacrament Meeting (our main worship service, essentially the 'sermon' portion of the meeting). Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Charity
Temples are a place where members of the church who have recommend from their local leaders go to worship. In our temples, as in the temples of the Old Testament, we receive sacred ordinances, and often go for a quiet place to feel God's love and to meditate on things that concerns us (like the story of Hannah found in 1 Samuel 1:7,10-11). If I had to sum up what Temples are used for in one sentence, I would say: "Temples are a place to rest from every day life, and feel more fully of God's love, then return to our every day life with renewed energy and perspective". If there is a Mormon Temple near your home or work, I would encourage you to go, walk the grounds, and feel the peace that is best found in a Temple of God. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Charity
I work for surgeons, and they exemplify a desire for cleanliness in the operating room, and especially in those who are 'scrubbed in' performing the surgery. The Bible tells us that the body is a Temple (1 Corinthians 6:19). You wouldn't want someone doing surgery on your body unless they were free of illness, properly cleaned, and had received the necessary instruction. Likewise, those who enter the Temple of God should have resolved and forsaken any past serious sins, live basic standards of a pure life and have an understanding of basic gospel principles. All Mormons can enter a temple if they have met the basic standards, and those who are unsure of what they need to do can speak with their local church leaders to plan what they need to do to attend the Temple. When we enter the Temple to worship, the first thing we do is to change into white clothing, a symbol of purity or cleanliness before God. We attend instruction and receive religious ordinances. There is nothing secret or sinister, but as with all religions we have our sacred things that we would not wish to have be the subject profane humor. I volunteer a few hours each week at the Mormon Temple near my home, there I am told that the most important thing is for those who enter to feel of God's love for them. The Temple should be a small window into what Heaven is like - a place of harmony and peace. Show more Show less