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Hi I'm Carl

I'm from Texas. I'm kind of a math geek. But I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in San Antonio, Texas and went to the same school from Kindergarten until I graduated high school. I then spent a couple of years in the Air Force studying to become a mechanical engineer, but it wasn't a good fit for me. I ended up leaving the Air Force, served a mission in Louisiana, and went to BYU-Idaho where I developed a love for mathematics (I also married my wife there...). I'm currently in Oklahoma studying epidemiology and working in statistical research while my family grows.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for several reasons: 1.) I have prayed to know if the Church is true, and I have felt the Spirit witness to me that it is; 2.) I have seen how living the principles taught by the Church has changed my life; and 3.) the peace and confidence that I feel as I live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ have become indispensable to me - I could never live without them. Being a Mormon has never been easy, but the benefits by far outweigh the costs.

How I live my faith

I'm a strong believer in the importance of being involved in the community. As a family, we try to participate in community activities and stay active in the local political process. As individuals, and in our church responsibilities, we've helped to implement and complete community service projects, from doing a neighborhood trash pick-up, to renovating the home of some local residents who had fallen on hard times. We spend our time organizing activities for the members of our church and trying to find ways to serve individuals in and out of the church.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Carl
Husbands and wives are to raise their children as equal partners. However, their roles may be very different, depending on their situation. When my wife and I got married, she got a job in a substance abuse program for juvenile delinquents and helped pay my way through the rest of school (she graduated a couple of years ahead of me). But when she got pregnant just before I graduated, she resigned from her job to get ready for the baby. We've been blessed since that time to be in a situation where I'm able to work full-time while attending graduate school, and she's able to stay home full-time taking care of our family. Not everyone has that opportunity, but I've gained a strong testimony of the blessings that come through having a mother in the home. In the world we live in, sometimes it is difficult to be a one-income household. But I can see the impact it has had on our family, and it is worth any expense. Show more Show less