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Hi I'm Charlene Harmon

I'm a wife, mother, writer and poet of dark fantasy and I am a Mormon.

About Me

While at BYU, my love of speculative fiction grew. I got involved in the science fiction and fantasy clubs, magazine and symposium. For 30 years I worked on the LTUE committee, helping to organize and run the annual symposium. I learned about writing, I met writers, and I fell deeper in love with the genre. This branched out to other conventions around North America. Along the way, I spent a decade acting in community theaters, mostly musicals. Often, my husband and I were in plays together. In the summer, our children joined us. It was a lot of fun as we shared this time as a family. However, I have a degenerative eye disease, and as my vision deteriorated, I decided it was time to step back. But the closing of that door opened another. I got back into writing, a love I'd let fall by the wayside while I ran conventions and acted in musicals. There's a place in the world for stories that don't have gratuitous sex and violence, even in horror and dark fantasy. Two very dear friends of mine write horror and are moral, kind and active members of the LDS Church. I hope to follow in their footsteps. I collect books, mostly science fiction and fantasy. Now that I'm too blind to read, I also get the audiobook. One day, I still hope to read those books. But if not, my children will.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a member of the LDS Church. But when I became a teenager, that wasn't enough. I wanted a more sure knowledge. I wanted to KNOW. I read the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I compared the teachings in the scriptures, I went to Seminary. I prayed. And I felt the Spirit whisper to me that it was true. In college, I attended a devotional address by President Spencer W. Kimball. I hoped to hear him say something that would address my questions directly. I got my answer, but not in the way I expected. Before the devotional, the congregation began singing hymns of the church. Three in particular touched me so much I could not hold back the tears. I Know That My Redeemer Lives, We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet and Praise To the Man. The Spirit came to me so strongly that I could not deny it. I knew. To this day, when I sing these hymns I still cry, and the Spirit of Gid still testifies to me that Jesus lives, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that the church today is led by a prophet. I see God's hand in everything. In science, math, nature, the cosmos. I see it and I am awed by His creations. All things denote that there is a God and He loves us so much he created all this, the world, the universe, everything, for us. And He has given us His word, through His prophets, so that we can live with Him again. I am a Mormon because the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings me joy and happiness, even through adversity. I am a Mormon because I continue to be blessed every day by His love and teachings.

How I live my faith

Being 95% blind hasn't stopped me from holding a calling in my ward. Last year, I taught a youth Sunday School class. Now, I'm secretary in my ward's women's organization. I've had the privilege of singing in a Temple Dedication Choir and in a choir of women 8 and older for the September 2014 General Women's Meeting. I have friends from many different beliefs: Christian, Jew, Pagan, Atheist. We talk respectfully about our beliefs. When my friends are around me, they don't use foul language or tell dirty jokes. They stay "Charlie safe" and encourage others who join our group to watch what they say around me. I choose to be cheerful and optimistic in my endeavors. Because of this, I am a happier person and hope to make others happier, too. As a writer, I choose to eschew vulgarity, profanity and sex. There is a place for moral writing today and I want to be a part of it. I can no longer get myself from one place to another, but I always have people I can call on, especially family, to take me to conventions and guide me around as I fulfill my responsibilities. The Savior said to love your neighbor as yourself. I try to exemplify this as I work at conventions. I try to be friendly, cheerful and let people know that I am happy to see them. I love organizing events and watching others learn from them. I know that whatever the Lord calls me to do, I will be strengthened and will have the capacity to do what is asked of me. My blindness has been a blessing. I have to trust others and rely on them for help. I have learned to listen to the Spirit to help me when I am alone.