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Hi I'm Charis

I'm from Northern Ireland, I love to laugh, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently a missionary serving in the China Hong Kong Mission! I love theatre, acting, music, and spending time with family and friends. I was born into a Protestant family and so was brought up within that faith. When I was fourteen years old, I went into foster care. After 5 months of moving between different foster families I came to live with a family that are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was only meant to spend two weeks with this family but when things started to improve for me emotionally, social services decided I should stay. This changed my life as it meant I found, and eventually was baptised when I received my answer through the Spirit that it is the Lord's true church!

Why I am a Mormon

After a few months living with a Mormon family and attending their church, I made the decision to find out for myself if it is actually the true church upon the earth as the members claimed. I received an unquestionable assurance through the Holy Ghost that it is and I decided I wanted to be baptised. Unfortunately, I didn't have permission from my biological parents and was told that if I wanted to be baptised I would have to wait until I was eighteen years old (the legal age of adulthood in the UK) to do so. At the time this seemed like the worst thing that could happen to me...however, I would come to learn that God has a plan for each of us and that everything happens in His time, for reasons we won't immediately know of or understand. For over three years I chose to keep attending church and living by the standards of the gospel. I enjoyed this and although it was hard knowing that I wasn't truly a member despite my desires to be so, I knew that I was loved. 2015 finally came...the year I would turn 18. All I wanted for my birthday was to be baptised. However, as the months passed that year, I started to wonder whether this was what I really wanted...after all, it would make me different from other people, wouldn't it? As I served as a camp leader at a church Girl's Camp that year, my testimony came back because of consistent prayer and scripture study and I knew that being baptised was the right choice, no matter what other people thought. I (finally) began the missionary discussions in August 2015 and was baptised on the 12th of September. I am a Mormon because nothing else brings me so much joy, hope and purpose as the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ does!

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith as fearlessly as I can. I have felt the change in heart that came with my assurance from the Holy Spirit that this gospel is true. I feel that members have a responsibility to share this amazing truth with others and so that is what I try to do. That also explains why I have chosen to dedicate 18 months of my life to Lord by serving Him and His children as a full-time missionary. I am so happy in my life because of the gospel and strive to become a better person. I am not perfect, and neither is anyone else. But we have all been created, and we are all known and loved, by a perfect Heavenly Father who has a plan for us. It can be difficult being the only Mormon in my family but it is more than worth it. The Lord taught that there must needs be opposition in all things. It is when we go through trials that we learn and grow. I have gone through things in life that have been very hard for me but those things all led to me finding the gospel and finding happiness that I wouldn't have ever been able to find anywhere else. If you're scared about joining the church because of the opinions of others, my advice to you is to just do it. The Lord is on your side and He will bless you for your righteous decisions and courage. I have felt His comforting, protective hand so many times in my life! I served as a teacher of the 18+ females in my congregation which was a great experience for me as I learnt to serve and love them. So, as I said before, I am not perfect. But I am trying and with the Lord's help, I can become a better person every day and be better at living my faith.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Charis
Missionary service is not obligatory, however, it is encouraged. I, as a member of the church and more specifically, as a recent convert, have noticed the great change that has taken place in both my heart and in my life since I have received a knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel and become a member of the church. Therefore, the way I see it, it is only fair that as many people as possible get the opportunity in this life to hear about the gospel and to make the decision to come unto Christ. Missionary service is the most effective way there is to help others have the chance to hear the gospel and it is something that many young members grow up wanting to do and a calling that they strive to be worthy of. Show more Show less