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Hi I'm Carl

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I have a long career in education, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and grew up in New York State, lived for many years in Idah and currently my wife and I live in Minnesota. I am nearing the end of a long career, over 35 years now in public education, in particular special education for children with disabilities. I began as a School Psychologist and then moved into administration where I felt I could have greater influence in improving the quality of life of children with disabilities through better educational experiences. I have five adult children and 21 grandchildren. My wife and I are looking forward to retirement soon when we can move closer to the grandchildren and live for their futures, not in our own past.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I learned nearly 40 years ago that the church and gospel, as established by Jesus Christ when He lived on earth, had been restored. At first the story of the restoration seemed odd, but as I prayed, read the Book of Mormon and attended church, the Holy Ghost testified to my soul that it all was true. It made sense to me in my mind and I felt deep inside that in some way I was coming home. I had to be willing to open my heart as well as my mind to the things I was learning. For me there was no single experience that "clinched the deal". It was a gradual sense of right and truth that settled over me. No matter what trials have come over the years, and there have periods in my life that were devastating to me emotionally and economically, but even when I felt I couldn't face my fellow members at church I knew the gospel was true, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the only true and living church on the earth, and that it was where I had to be - no matter what. I was right. I love this church, I am willing to sacrifice anything for it, and I feel it a privilege to serve in it any way I am asked to.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by trying to do what Jesus would do. I know that Jesus Christ expects me to love my neighbor, which means everyone and to serve my fellow human beings. I know that I have many blessings and that I want to serve in the church in any way I am asked. I do my best to live all of the Ten Commandments in a world that ignores several of them. I believe that Sunday, the Sabbath Day is a holy day and should be spent in serving God and family and others. I currently serve in a position in the church that blesses me with the opportunity to travel many Sunday's to other congegations (wards and branches) of the church in our area to teach and assist at their Sunday worship.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Absolutely not! We worship God and His Son Jesus Christ. we love and admire Joseph Smith for his courage and faith and for the fact that through him, chosen by God the fullness of the gospel was restored to the earth. He was an instrument in God's hands and we love him for it, but we do not worship him, rather we worship God and Jesus Christ as Joseph Smith taught us to do. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

There are good people everywhere who love their families and love God and Jesus Christ, but who also feel that something is missing in their lives. The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ rings true and familiar to those seeking peace in a tumultuous world. Show more Show less