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Hi I'm Carl

I'm a tax attorney, husband, and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father first. I grew up in Utah. I have a degree in accounting and law. I work for a large CPA firm. I've been married for eight years and my wife and I have three children, one boy, and two girls. I served a mission in Honduras. When I'm not working, I love woodwork, racquetball, soccer, home improvement, gardening, photography, birdwatching, hiking, shooting, archery, and astronomy. Some of my goals are to learn Italian, French, and German, build a wood canoe, visit all 50 states, and learn to play the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because when I asked my Father in Heaven whether or not the Book of Mormon was true, He confirmed that it is and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. As I've continued to live the Gospel, I've come to recognize the blessings that flow from living according to Christ's teachings. I've learned that Heavenly Father is anxious that His children listen to him because His is giving us the instruction we need to be happy and to be with our families forever. As I have been blessed with my own children, I have learned in more depth the nature of our Heavenly Father that He is in fact our Father, He loves us, and wants nothing more than to bless us and see us grow. In the end, He is waiting for us to come to Him and so He gives us the tests and opportunities we need to grow to become like Him. The practical effect of this testimony in my life is that I know to whom I should listen for counsel and I have a foundation upon which to base all the important decisions that occur in this life. I am able to see how making important choices will affect my future happiness and the safety and security of my family.

How I live my faith

I serve in my local congregation as a home teacher and as a leader in the men's group. As a home teacher, I visit a few members in the ward each month to share a spiritual thought and make sure they're doing well both spiritually and temporally. As a leader in the men's group, it is my responsibility to be aware of any needs that arise in the group and come up with solutions to address them. As a member of the church, I feel it is my duty to simply be a good neighbor and be a responsible citizen.

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

Carl
I've been asked before whether I feel like I'm missing something by not going out to drink or party. One friend said, "You can't knock drinking unless you try it." I've thought about that quite a lot, asking myself, "How can I know the sweetness of Mormon life without trying other ways of living?" The answer for me is that I don't need a knowledge based on comparative experiences. I'm happy the way I'm living. I follow Church counsel and I try to be a good husband and father. In return, the Lord blesses me with happiness through hugs and kisses from my children and through the love I share with my wife. What is a 'Mormon' lifestyle like? It's a happy lifestyle, available to anybody who follows the rules of fidelity to God, family, and nation. I have found that following Church doctrine like abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, avoiding debt, and striking the appropriate balance between work, play, and church, I'm able to be at peace with my family and have a clear conscience before God. The natural product of peace is happiness. As I've said, this lifestyle is available to all, member or not, but the real beauty of the Gospel is that this lifestyle doesn't have to end after a happy life on earth. These relationships can extend beyond the grave through faithful membership in the Church. The beauty of God's plan is that he provides a way for us to be happy on Earth and then after this life, we'll be able to extend that happiness forever. Show more Show less