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Hi I'm Charlene

I am a life long member of the Mormon Church. I am a mother of one child and a step mother to six more children.

About Me

I have lived in California all my life. I love the sunshine here, the beaches and all the wonderful things that grow. It is not surprising then that my favorite things are the beach and gardening. I went to college, got married and had a baby. Life was very happy until my husband left us. Thankfully I met a wonderful new man and have been happily married for many years. He came with his six kids. It was a real challenge to go from a mother of one to a mother of seven. But now we have grandchildren and they are the best. I also like to read and to travel. I love meeting people from all over the world and learning about their cultures. I especially like to try their foods.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of this church make logical sense to my heart. They feel right. Each time I learn something new about God's restored church and his plan for his children it is like putting a new piece of a puzzle in place. The picture just becomes clearer and more obvious. I like that. In this church I have been taught the way back to live with my Father in Heaven again. I know what I need to do. I know why I need a Savior to get me there. I want to live with my Heavenly Father again. I want my whole family to be there. This Church has the knowledge and priesthood authority to make this, my fondest wish, actually happen. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy. That is the real sign of the true church because "by their fruits ye shall know them." That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am a member of the Mormon church every hour of every day, from morning till night. Each day I say my prayers and read my scriptures. I try to live a Christ centered life. I currently teach a Sunday school class for nine year old girls. It is fun to teach them, but equally fun to see the world through their eyes. The world is in good hands. I visit with other women in my congregation to talk about the Gospel. We strengthen each other. I go to church each week and enjoy hearing and learning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the warm spirit that I feel at church. I like the sincerity of the people there. They are good people. I served as a missionary for my church when I was just twenty years old. It was very hard to share with others the feelings of my heart about Jesus Christ and have them reject my precious gift to them. At least that is how it felt back then. Now my husband and I have served two missions together and it has been a wonderful experience. Even though we were away from home and family each time for eighteen months we loved the opportunities and blessings we received.... and our families were blessed in our absence. Sharing my feelings about my religion are much easier now that I am older, probably because I am more self confident. I really want others in the world to have the happiness I feel. I am grateful for all the the church has given me throughout my life.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think people who know an active Mormon see that our religion is a 24/7 religion and that we are very devoted to our church. We are involved everyday of the week in meetings and activities both with our family and with other members. This is not like most other religions who just ask you to show up on Sunday. They may think we are required to do all these things Also, we have a Prophet who leads our church. We consider him the "mouthpiece" for the Lord. We follow what our Prophet asks us to do because we believe he speaks for God. People mistake this devotion of time and obedience as something we are "compelled" to do. But that is not true. Each member has agency. We choose to live the way we do because we know that it is in keeping with the commandments and it makes us happy. In a cult you are compelled and frightened into a certain behavior and you are told what you have to do. In the Mormon church you are encouraged instead to pray about the things you are taught and gain your own witness of their truth.... then to follow what the Spirit teaches you is right Show more Show less