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Hi I'm Carl Gibbons

I'm a happy husband and father of three girls and three boys. I enjoy music, computers, and studying martial arts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father, and my professional work is in information security. I started studying and practicing the martial art of Taekwondo a couple of years ago, and I am enjoying it very much. I also enjoy music and singing (I'm a tenor), and I like to read genre fiction.

Why I am a Mormon

I started reading the King James Bible and the Book of Mormon when I was five years old. My appreciation of these books as gentle but powerful holy scriptures grew gradually over time. The Bible's compilation of sacred writings is a miracle thousands of years in the making. I am amazed that it remains so inspiring today, thanks to many long dead scribes, translators, and devotees that sacrificed and endured so much in order to preserve the Bible we enjoy today. The Book of Mormon is another miraculous compilation of sacred writings, translated, also miraculously, by Joseph Smith Junior, using prophetic abilities given him by God. Reading the Book of Mormon increases my belief in the truths written in the Bible, and vice-versa. I have read or been told about flaws in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, but I have never found these claimed imperfections significant nor faith-shattering. I believe the title page of the Book of Mormon: "if there are faults, they are the mistakes of men, wherefore, condemn not the things of God."

How I live my faith

My wife and I pray with our children at mealtime and bedtime every night. As a family, we also try to be generous to our neighbors and acquaintances. We attend church meetings every Sunday, and sometimes we have a turn serving as a teacher or helper during those meetings. Our children also attend an activity at the church meetinghouse on one night each week, such as young women's achievement nights, cub and boy scout activities, games and parties, and faith-building devotionals. We have enjoyed service projects such as local public park landscaping, snow removal, and canned food drives. I enjoyed singing in the Colorado Mormon Chorale between 1997 and 2002.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Carl Gibbons
The President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, currently Thomas S. Monson, holds and delegates all of the church's spiritual leadership keys. We call him "the prophet," but out of respect we more often call him "President Monson." There are also two or three counselors to the president, as well as a Quorum of Twelve Apostles. We sustain each of these men as "apostles, prophets, seers, and revelators," so collectively, all of these men are also prophets. Again, out of respect we usually use the title "Elder" for each apostle and "President" for each of the President's counselors. The gift of prophecy isn't limited to these men, though. The gift of the Holy Ghost is a privilege given to all church members. This means that if we try to repent and keep God's commandments, we may qualify to receive spiritual inspiration from the Holy Ghost, to help each of us govern our own lives. Show more Show less