Hi I'm Carl
I've been in the military now for 11 years. I started out enlisted and became an NCO. I jumped out of airplanes my first tour and then rode around in Bradleys the second time. I deployed once while enlisted and then became an officer and deployed a second time. I am married almost 12 years with two boys and three girls. I enjoy spending time with my family and being active in my community and church. I like participating in sports and talking politics.
Why I am a Mormon
Even though I was born as a member, there comes a time in every members life where he or she has to determine whether or not it is all true or not. I guess that might be true with every faith. The Book of Mormon was key for me. When I read from it's pages, I feel the power of God with me...I cannot deny it. Once I knew it was the word of God, then Joseph Smith was a prophet because he translated it. If he was a prophet, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the Lords church and kingdom on earth. Amos 3:7 says that the Lord will not reveal anything except through his servants the prophets. As I continue my daily walk in the pursuit of truth I am continually reminded by the Spirit of the Lord that this is indeed His work.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
My wifeand I are completely different people than we were when we were first married. And I think it is because we have been willing to sacrifice things of the world. What I mean by that is, since we have been married, we are constantly evaluating our lives to make sure we are living in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. We constantly ask ourselves questions like...is the music we are listening to pleasing to the Lord? Or...would I be comfortable watching this movie if the Savior was sitting beside me? I believe that the scriptures teach that sacrifice brings blessings. If I give something up that I enjoy that might not necessarily be that important, that might compete with the love and attention I should be giving my wife or children instead, I know it will be worth it in the long run. I want my home to be a refuge from the world. I want to be able to come home and feel the Spirit of the Lord in my home so I can be renewed and find peace. Home can be a Heaven on earth.
How I live my faith
I have been in the military, off and on, for almost 16 years. It has been extremely difficult to be a good Christian in a military environment; not only at work but also being a good husband and father. The culture in the army puts a lot of pressure on individuals to conform, but it has proven to be a refiners fire for me and has caused me and my family to draw closer to one another as we draw closer unto Christ. Fellow members in our congregation have proven to be a strength to me and my family, especially since I have had to be deployed twice. My family was wrapped in the loving arms of fellow members where ever we have been stationed. The support has been miraculous. It is comforting to know I can count on members of the church everywhere.