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Hi I'm Charlene

I was born in Butlerville, Utah. I'm a Clogging Grandmother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My ancestors, the Butler brothers, first settled in what is now Cottonwood Heights but at that time they called it Butlerville. I lived there until I was 6 years old. I married at 18 but unfortunately that marriage didn't work out. So after 10 years of marriage and 3 children, we were divorced. But 2 years later, I met my true eternal sweetheart. We have been married 44 years. Between us we have 6 children. One daughter died 15 years ago at age 38 but I know I will be with her eternally. We've been blessed with 18 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren with one more on the way. I have been a Clogging Grandmother for 25 years and we perform all over the valley including the Festival of Trees. I've written three non-fiction books and many articles but now I just write in my journal. That's the most important thing. I love swimming, sewing and I used to draw and do oil painting. I love to travel, and read. And I am a very social person. I love to meet new people. And my old friends are golden.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is His Son, that Thomas S. Monson is a true Prophet on the earth today. I try to live by the ten commandments and to serve other people and honor my Savior. I love attending the temple and going to my church meetings. I read the Book of Mormon when I was a teenager. And we are promised if pray with a sincere heart to know if it is true, we will be able to feel it. I believed in that promise. And so when I finished reading I put it to the test. I prayed and knew right away that it was true. I felt the spirit telling me that it was true. And I knew that if it was true then Joseph Smith must be a prophet. He never could not have written that book by himself. And ever since that time, my testimony has remained strong through many trials that I have had to endure throughout my 75 years on this earth. And I'm so grateful for that knowledge.

How I live my faith

My father was killed in a hunting accident when I was 6 years old. He came from an active LDS family but he wasn't active himself. So I didn't go to church when I was young until after his death. Then my mom moved to South Salt Lake with myself and my younger brother. We were close enough to church that we could walk as my mother couldn't drive. I was so thankful to learn of Jesus Christ and how He died for us that we might have eternal life. I knew that I could see my father again in the hereafter. When I was 7 years old, my mother took us to the Salt Lake temple to be sealed to my father, so we were now an eternal family. I'll never forget that experience of being in the temple at such a young age. From then on I vowed that someday I would be married in that holy place. As soon as I turned eight years old, I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout my life time I have served in various positions in the Church. At the present time, I am serving in the Women's organization of the church which is the Relief Society. I serve in the presidency with two other wonderful ladies, Vickie and Lilian. We call one another sisters. I enjoy meeting with so many of these wonderful sisters throughout the area.