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Hi I'm Carl

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona as the fifth of thirteen children. I'm 6'5". I'm a pre-med student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from college with a degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology - aka "human biology". I'm currently applying to medical school and I'm hoping to actually start in the Fall of 2013. I enjoy lots of different athletic activities but volleyball is probably my favorite. I like thinking deeply about things and a believe in the importance of asking difficult questions about life and the world. I have a dream of starting a movement against academic bulimia in our society - where student are "force-fed" loads of random facts and figures only to "regurgitate" those facts on a test and then forget them. I believe learning should always be self-initiated and individually tailored to each students learning style.

Why I am a Mormon

My favorite aspect of my religion is the concept of current revelation. I think most religious individuals believe God has an influence in their lives and so do I. I also believe, however, that God's influence can be manifested through personal communication between God and us as His children. I know God has communicated with me. That pretty neat if you think about it. The Almighty God of the Universe takes the time to speak to us through His Holy Spirit! That is basically it. I prayed to God to know if the Mormon church was right for me and He let me know that is was - and that is why I'm here. When I die and stand before God, I want to be able to tell Him that I was obedient to the direction that He gave me.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my faith in the small details of my everyday life. I especially enjoy going to God when I have a question or concern and receiving inspiration on how to go forward. The fact of the matter is - when I read my scriptures and pray everyday I feel the Holy Spirit in my life. In those instances, I'm happier, kinder, slower to anger, more patient, more understanding, etc. When I put God first in my life I become a better version of myself. It really is that simple.

What is being a Mormon like?

Well its a lot like being any other Christian that lives their religion. I have moral standards that I keep, but I've learned from personal experience that those standards really are the best way to live. I don't do the things I do because I am supposed to - I live the teachings of my church because I am the happiest when I do. Show more Show less