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Hi I'm George Carlston

In my life I've been many things; a son, a student, a singer, a friend, a father... And through it all, a Mormon.

About Me

When I was growing up the most important goal I ever had was to one day have a family of my own. The family in which I was raised was not perfect, but I never questioned my parents' love because I felt it every single day. I still do. Marriage and kids came late for me. Before then I had a life filled with many fun jobs and wonderful experiences but, looking back, nothing compares with my being a father now. The first time I looked into my son's eyes I realized that if my Heavenly Father loved me as much as I loved my baby, I had nothing to fear in life because He would always be there for me. I've had to draw on that strength over the last few years, and I'm happy to report I was never disappointed.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a faint memory of being four or five years old when it occurred to me one day that not everyone I knew was a Mormon. When I got the chance I ran it by my dad and we had a wonderful conversation about beliefs and religious tradition. He told me about my various ancestors and how they found the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I was grateful for them and the choices they'd made. When discussing it with my mother, she told me about her grandparents, who were pioneers, and I came to be proud of the heritage they'd left me. I felt their love and influence as I grew up learning about Christ, His teachings, and the restoration of His gospel. I'm a Mormon because I feel God's love as a member of His church. I feel the Holy Spirit when I read and hear the words of Christ, and I feel its direction when I ask for His guidance. I have trials in my life, but I also have peace. God is real and He hears my prayers. He knows my struggles and is mindful of my hopes and desires. Christ has made it possible for me to weather trials I never thought I'd survive; the deaths of my parents, the end of my marriage, the loss of siblings and friends. Through it all, I have felt the Spirit of God buoy me up and speak peace to my soul. I'm a Mormon because the Spirit tells me this is where I belong.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not a passive endeavor, but growth and blessings have always come with the work. I have served in many different capacities throughout my life but what I did isn't as important as the fact that I was able to be involved. Since my divorce I've come to learn how much work it takes one parent to get young kids to church on time, to keep them quiet and interested once we're there, and to get them home in one piece. The leaders in my ward were able to find a way for me to serve while keeping my sons as a top priority. Whether its chaperoning school field trips or sitting on kid size chairs with my four year old in Junior Sunday School, my faith has allowed me to find my way even after the storms and vicissitudes of life threatened to throw me off course. Christ's teachings and the whisperings of His Spirit have always shown me the way.