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Hi I'm Carter

I am a family physician from rural USA, working in the same town where I grew up. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of four children. One of our sons died from suicide in 2014. He was 22. I am a grandfather of six. I enjoy cycling, gardening, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Our son died from suicide in 2014...when he was 22 years old. That has been difficult beyond description for me. The teachings about Christ and His Plan of Happiness for our family has brought me peace and comfort; I believe with all my heart that we will be together as a family after this lifetime. I am grateful that our son will be judged by a Perfect and Merciful Judge: Jesus Christ, who knows my son perfectly.

How I live my faith

I served a full-time mission as a single young man for 18 months in Venezuela. My wife and I are currently helping train leaders in a new, small Spanish-speaking congregation near our hometown. We love those good people and feel loved by them. We will soon serve a full-time 18-month mission to Peru, where I will oversee the health and safety of about 2000 full-time missionaries serving there. I will take a leave-of-absence from my medical practice during that time.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Carter
I wonder if it's because it is very different from the other organized Christian religions of our day. The Church started from a vision by a 14-year-old boy, Joseph Smith, who saw God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith later saw other heavenly messengers, who restored to him the same authority that Christ had when He led his church anciently, but which had been lost when His apostles were martyred. Another angel revealed to Joseph Smith where a book was hidden in the earth that was written on metal plates that Joseph subsequently translated into English as The Book of Mormon. It is from this book that we are sometimes referred to as "Mormons." Under the direct revelation from heaven, Joseph Smith organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All of these beliefs and pronouncements by Church members are sometimes seen as odd or unusual. We acknowledge that, but either Joseph Smith had these visions and revelations or he didn't. Some wonder if we "worship" Joseph Smith. His followers and the followers of the current prophet strive to obey what they are asked to do. Some might see this as "fanatical" or "cultish." Joseph Smith and the subsequent prophets are good men, but we worship God, the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. The Church has grown relatively rapidly from six members in 1830 to its current worldwide membership of almost 14 million. Some might see this rapid growth as a sign of a "cult." Temples are found throughout the world, where sacred ordinances are performed. Because they are sacred, only Church members who are living Church standards are allowed to enter the temples once they are dedicated. Members do not discuss these ordinances outside the temple -- because they are sacred. Some might see this as "secretive" or a sign of a "cult." Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Carter
Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to "seal" families together forever when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). This power to seal families together forever is called the "priesthood." It was taken from the earth when Christ's original apostles were all killed. It was given anew to Joseph Smith in 1829 by heavenly messengers sent from God. Joseph Smith, in turn, gave this power to other men, who gave it to other men, and so forth. Today, that same power is used in God's holy temples to "seal" families together through the eternities. That means that the phrase "Till death do us part" is not used in the temple marriage ceremony. Instead, the term "for time and all eternity" is used. In addition, any children born to such a marriage are "sealed" to that couple throughout all eternity -- conditional upon their obedience to God's commandments to the best of their ability. I cannot adequately express the peace and comfort that knowing my deceased son will be mine through the eternities brings to me. All this is possible because of God's grace and mercy and love, through His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less