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Hi I'm Carl Ames

I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend, an avid cyclist with Parkinson's Disease, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am married to Leisa Charlton Ames and we have 5 children, and the cutest little grandchildren on the face of the planet. I served a mission to The Florida Tampa Mission 81-82. My hobbies include gardening, yard work, raising chickens, cake decorating, anything outdoors, and my new passion is cycling. I also enjoy working with draft horses. I love my family and coming home is always one of my favorite things to do! In early 2008 I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and live daily with it's effects on my body. It slows me down but it is not going to stop me from living life to it's fullest. My faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the principles of His Gospel give me the faith and strength to carry on. I love to serve the Lord and serve in His Church. I want to serve another mission, this time with my wonderful wife, Leisa, and do many other things with my family and friends. Since being diagnosed, I have experienced many things, including four sprint triathlons, different cycling events here in Arizona, and the 78 mile Copper Triangle Cycling Event in Colorado with my son Jordan, which was a benefit ride for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease. In May 2014, I was one of 4 cyclists who rode our bikes from Vancouver BC to San Diego, CA. It was for awareness and fundraising. I have made great friends, and gained a greater appreciation for my family. I have had priesthood blessings that have really helped remain strong. I have been greatly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but our family was not fully active. When I was 18 I made a decision to be fully involved and prepared to serve a mission for the church. I have never regretted that decision and strive to faithfully live the gospel because I know that it is the true church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am an active member of the church, and serve as a stake clerk. I have served prior to that as a bishop for a little of six years. I love to serve in whatever capacity I am called to serve, and enjoy being involved in service projects. I love to worship the Savior Jesus Christ and enjoy attending worship services and other meetings. I rely upon the power of prayer and strive to apply gospel principles in my life and in my home. I strive to honor the priesthood and understand it's significance. I sustain our local leaders as well as our Prophet and General Authorities. I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!

What is the priesthood?

Carl Ames
The power and authority give to man to act in God's name. The priesthood is given to worthy male members of the Church. The church could not function properly without the priesthood. The keys of the priesthood were restored in the latter days, first the Aaronic Priesthood, under the hands of John the Baptist to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, and then shortly thereafter the Melchezidek Priesthood restored by Peter, James, and John. I appreciate the priesthood so much in my life and strive to live worthy of it daily. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Carl Ames
 The tithing funds of the Church are very sacred. The funds are used to build and maintain temples and meeting houses, as well as take care of the many expenses associated with helping the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ roll forth. I love to pay tithing. I know it is a true principle of the Lord's church. There Lord blesses us when we pay our tithes and offerings. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Carl Ames
My family is most important to me. I am so grateful to have a spouse who I desire to share eternity with, and that we have created our family of five children. I look forward to the day when they all are married and continue to create families of their own. I am grateful that I understand the responsibility to be a righteous husband and father and I encourage everyone to understand how important it is to be married as man and woman, husband and wife. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Carl Ames
The typical Mormon lifestyle is living our lives in harmony with the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ. We strive to honor baptismal covenants that help us to remember the Savior and follow His teachings. We strive to live by applying principles of faith, repentance, forgiveness, charity, and serving others. We strive to read from the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, as well as the Doctrine in Covenants, have daily personal prayer and family prayer, attend our Sunday meetings, serve in church callings, participate in service projects, have family home evening (once a week, Monday night is designated to specifically spend time as a family in a gospel lesson, fun activities, etc.) and attend the temple. Are we perfect? Not hardly! But we strive to teach, guide, and apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in all that we do. We love to share what makes us happy and help others enjoy the happiness that we have found. Show more Show less