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Hi I'm Carl

I was born in West Georgia. I am an officer in the U.S. Army. I am married 11 years, with five children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been in the military now for 11 years. I started out enlisted and became an NCO. I jumped out of airplanes my first tour and then rode around in Bradleys the second time. I deployed once while enlisted and then became an officer and deployed a second time. I am married almost 12 years with two boys and three girls. I enjoy spending time with my family and being active in my community and church. I like participating in sports and talking politics.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born as a member, there comes a time in every members life where he or she has to determine whether or not it is all true or not. I guess that might be true with every faith. The Book of Mormon was key for me. When I read from it's pages, I feel the power of God with me...I cannot deny it. Once I knew it was the word of God, then Joseph Smith was a prophet because he translated it. If he was a prophet, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the Lords church and kingdom on earth. Amos 3:7 says that the Lord will not reveal anything except through his servants the prophets. As I continue my daily walk in the pursuit of truth I am continually reminded by the Spirit of the Lord that this is indeed His work.

How I live my faith

I have been in the military, off and on, for almost 16 years. It has been extremely difficult to be a good Christian in a military environment; not only at work but also being a good husband and father. The culture in the army puts a lot of pressure on individuals to conform, but it has proven to be a refiners fire for me and has caused me and my family to draw closer to one another as we draw closer unto Christ. Fellow members in our congregation have proven to be a strength to me and my family, especially since I have had to be deployed twice. My family was wrapped in the loving arms of fellow members where ever we have been stationed. The support has been miraculous. It is comforting to know I can count on members of the church everywhere.

Who are the Mormons?

Carl
Mormons is a nickname we recieved in the early days of the church after the Book of Mormon was translated and published. The official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Our church is the restored church of Jesus Christ that was originally instituted by the Master himself during Bible times. God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ personally ushered in the church through his chosen servant, and afterwards prophet, Joseph Smith. Later Joseph Smith was visited by Peter, James and John who bestowed upon him the priesthood, which was the authority to act in the name of God. With this authority, Joseph Smith organized the Lords church and kingdom back upon the earth again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Carl
We are saved by grace after all we can do. The Lord will do his part for sure, but we must be willing to sacrifice and do ours. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it. If we are to follow the Savior we must be willing to stand up to the storms of life as he did and do our best. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Carl
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and no man comes unto the Father but by him. He has not come to save us in our sins, but from our sins. He wants us to turn our lives to him, just as the children of Israel was commanded to simply look to the brazen serpeant Moses held, to be saved. Jesus Christ will force no one to heaven, but stands knocking at our door; all we need to do is invite Him in so can sup with us. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Carl
Mostly from donations from the missionaries parents, but also from other members of the church who know them personally and other family and friends. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Carl
It is a nick name derived from the Book of Mormon. We are not Mormons, because that would suggest we follow after someone named Mormon. We follow Jesus Christ. We can't seem to shake the nick name Mormon, because most people don't typically know us by Latter-Day Saints. Even though we tolerate the name and even sometimes reference it, the name of our church is still stands as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Carl
It is important because "if we are prepared, we shall not fear." Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Carl
The same reason the Lord's people practiced it in times of old...because it was a commandment. It was not popular when the church was commanded to do it, but the Lord is not a respector of persons. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Carl
The church (or ward) is for us to strengthen ourselves and others on a weekly basis. It is to strengthen our resolve to serve and bless the lives of our family, other members of the church and those who are still seeking the truth on this earth. The temple is for us to do work beyond the veil, for those who have passed on. It is work that extends into the eternities, like sealing our family to us for time and all eternity and linking our ancesters to us; giving them the chance to accept the gospel if they have not had the chance. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Carl
He has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as mans. He loves His children so much that he devised the Plan of Salvation, which included sending his Son, our Elder Brother, to ransom us from death and sin. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Carl
First of all, the Word of Wisdom is a commandment from the Lord given to us through the prophet Joseph Smith. Our bodies are a stewardship and we should take care of them because they have the capability to house the Spirit of the Lord. Show more Show less