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Hi I'm Cary

I'm an orthopedic surgeon and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 34 years old and am married with 6 beautiful children. I am an orthopedic surgeon working in a small town in the Midwest. Most of time away from work is spent with my family but I also love playing the piano, playing golf, and watching sports. My parents and one of my 6 brothers converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 10 years old. I have been active in the faith ever since. I served a two-year mission in South America from 19-21 years of age. I married my beautiful wife in an LDS temple and we recently finished the long 13 year educational marathon becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Our faith is the center of our family life. My faith in Christ means everything to me and strengthens me in all my different roles in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Mormon faith. I was baptized when I was a child along with my parents and one of my brothers. Although I was only 10 years old, I consider myself a convert because I went through a true conversion process. Simply put, I have prayed to know for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. The spiritual experiences which resulted from this have produced a profound testimony in my heart which have lasted to this day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be true to the commitments I've made to the Lord to keep his word and serve his children. I enjoy trying to keep my faith without a great deal of fanfare or personal recognition. I prefer to try to focus more on looking within to how I can make myself more like my Savior Jesus Christ - How to become a better husband, father, and friend to others.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The Mormon faith teaches that families are not only the functional building block of every society but also of heaven. The family relationships we develop on earth can last into the eternities through the Plan of our Heavenly Father. Families are where we learn the majority of our values. It is the ideal setting to instill in children their individual worth and how to work, play, and grow one with another. Today the family is pulled and torn in so many directions. It is minimized and berated by the ideas of the world. To me, my family is a safe haven from the growing moral and personal decay around us. When the weight of the world gets me down, I look into the eyes of my children and see the innocence and purity of God. Family takes a lot of work but it is the most rewarding of anything I've ever experienced. Being a father and a husband has and continues to teach me so much. Show more Show less