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Hi I'm Carlton

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Salt Lake City and live in the home where I grew up.

About Me

My wife and I have two daughters and we have always been involved in our community. I served on our city council for sixteen years and currently work as the Regional Development Director for Salt Lake County. I enjoy history, being with my family, and helping others when I can. I tend to be tall, 6'10" to be exact and pretty hard to miss. Yes I did play basketball at one time, but it's been a few years. I enjoy fixing things and learning as I go. Nothing in life is sweeter than sitting on the couch with one of my girls snuggled up to me and watching a movie together. Makes me think that maybe I'm not a total failure.

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up in the LDS Church and my parents were active members of the church, I believe on my own account because of the strong feelings I have for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so far from being perfect and have lots of things to improve, but being a Mormon gives me hope and direction. Being a Mormon is not a simple thing, nor easy. However what in life of worth, really is?

How I live my faith

When I was 27 years old, I was called to be a Bishop or a lay clergy for our church over a congregation of 500 people. I was scared, but yet felt the direction of my Heavenly Father in a way like no other. After four years, I was released because of my service on the city council because both were extremely time consuming in my evenings and weekend hours. Since then, I have taught gospel lessons in Sunday School and work with our Sunday School programs in our local congregations. Currently I serve as the Stake President of the Salt Lake Rose Park Stake, overseeing 8 congregations in the northwest area of Salt Lake City. We've done some projects for the community like collect food for the local food bank, collect clothes and other needed items for refugee families coming into our community, care packages for those serving in the military, move-in kits for those moving out of the homeless shelter into new housing and recently we held an emergency preparation fair at our local park for anyone in the community wanting to get more information. I hold a firm belief that the Savior loves everyone and our responsibility to others goes well beyond that of our own congregation.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Carlton
Temples are sacred building set aside from the world that provide a peaceful place where we can reflect and ponder the promises we make to Heavenly Father, Each of those promises come with an associated blessing, and we participate not only for ourselves but perform work on the behalf of others who have passed away. Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the full blessings of the gospel, either in this life or the life to come. While entrance to temples is limited to members who have demonstrated a level of faithfulness, we open them when newly constructed to everyone before being dedicated so that anyone can see that they are beautiful places dedicated to the Lord. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Carlton
Serving as a missionary in the church is a voluntary effort, and is typically funded by the missionary themselves or with the help of the family of the missionary. Occasionally money is contributed by other members to help those who may not have those resources. There is no salary involved funds are strictly for cost of living only. Anyone who serves a mission contributes the same amount of money, regardless of where they serve, which offsets some areas where it may be more expensive to serve than areas where cost of living is much cheaper. I served my mission in Japan and at the same time, my sister served her mission in England. Because my mother was a widow at the time, members of my congregation helped my mother with some of my living allowance. While it can be a great sacrifice for many, it comes with real blessings and tiny miracles take place because of it. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Carlton
For church, we are encouraged out of respect to dress in our best clothes to help us have the attitude that reflects the reverence we hold for the Savior. However none is excluded and all are welcomed, regardless of our attire. As a church, we have a long patriotic history of respect for our country and to appreciate the rich heritage that comes from our families and the countries where we live. We love holidays and have fun with them. I like outdoor lights for example and have a different set for not only Christmas, but Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving! Probably a little overboard, but living the gospel is about having fun as well. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Carlton
We have a great respect for everyone and that we should be treated fairly and be honest and open with each other. In showing that respect, we may differ respectfully on our beliefs, but we really have an important role to make sure other rights are not infringed upon. A few years ago, in working with our Mayor, a variety of interested people and groups in our community, and the Church, we were successful in passing an anti-discrimination ordinance in our city that respects a person's right to privacy in both housing and employment. Through that experience, I not only gained cherrished friends, but a recognition that we have a lot more in common than in opposition and respecting those differences, makes us stronger and better people. My friends have a respect and courtesy towards my belief and in turn I know that how I treat them and their choices are a reflection of my belief in Christ. I personally have felt and know that our Heavenly Father loves each of us, for who we are and has patience as we try to overcome our weakness. At the very least, we should do the same. Show more Show less