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Hi I'm Carman

I am a full time employee, a full time husband, a full time father...and a full time Mormon.

About Me

I am a devoted husband and father of three children. I got a late start on college and did not start taking classes until after I was married with my oldest on her way. I strive to be the best for my family. As such, I was able to complete my four year business degree while working full time and taking care of a family. I work in a call center as a peer coach and trainer. I started from the bottom as a regular customer service representative and worked my way up. I love to learn and to grow, but I also love to help people become better and excel as well. I love to teach people and then see them teach others what they have learned. I love seeing the light bulbs turn on and watch their creativity ignite. My hope is to one day pioneer an organization that is solely founded on those principles, seeking to help people grow individually and collectively. I also love to play and have fun! I love to play games. Board games, computer games, outdoor games...you name it, I love it! I especially love it if it includes my family. Life can get so stressful and so depressing, that you have to make time for fun and make life enjoyable. Currently, my top hobbies include running, dancing, and just being with my family. My greatest love is that for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am proud to have served a two-year mission, sharing that gospel. Above all things, my ultimate goal is to share the gospel and the blessings that come with it with all I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian family. Though my family does not claim a specific faith, we mainly went to the Lutheran church. My parents were very dedicated to religion and we went to church every week. We said prayers before dinner and at bed time. My parents taught me great morals about doing good to others and putting others before ourselves. They taught me that God lived and loved us, and I have no doubt that He has played an active part in my family every day. Eventually, I began wondering if the morals I had been taught were worth it. I was taught to keep them, but no one ever said why or was too concerned if I didn't. I was also confused about my relationship with God. I knew that He loved me, but I didn't know why. Why would an all-powerful being send His only Son to die for a piece of clay? I could not love any creation so much that I would let my child die for it, so why would God? In 2001, I came across Mormon missionaries. They taught me about my relationship with God and how I am his son. They taught me how all people are spirit sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father and that we all lived with Him prior to coming to Earth. They taught me how this life is a test and trial to prove ourselves and uphold eternal truths or morals. They also taught me how Heavenly Father is constantly helping us through this life and will continue to bless us the more we strive to put Him and his children first in our lives. I know that these things are true because I put them to the test. I have prayed about them and received an answer that I cannot deny came from God. I continue to apply these truths to my life every day and the blessings are overwhelming! I know this Church is true. I know that Heavenly Father lives and that we are His children. I know that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son, our Savior, Redeemer, older brother, and friend. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and is the word of God. I bear you this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

It is the goal of the Church for every member to have at least two responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to watch over and take care of certain families in the congregation or, as it is called in the Church, the "ward." This program for the women of the Church is called "visiting teaching" and for the men it is called "home teaching." The other responsibility is up to the discretion of local Church leaders and is offered to members as a "calling" which they can accept or reject. Because I am a man, I am a home teacher and have families that I look after in the Church. I love my families very much. Ideally I like to visit with them in their home, but I know that this is not always feasible. Therefore, I do all I can to make sure they know that I am there for them. I have watched their children, I have given them rides to work, I have even brought them little goodies like cookies and cupcakes, just to show that I was thinking about them. One of the greatest blessing of being a home teacher is that it is a great way to make very strong friends. My current calling in the Church is as the Ward Mission Leader. I love this calling! I get to work with the full time Missionaries in helping the members of the Church share the gospel! Besides these official roles, I strive to share this gospel that I love with all around me, being an unofficial missionary myself. That is how I live my faith.