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Hi I'm Carl Rasmussen

I am a grandfather with 6 children & 11grandchildren. I work with computers and enjoy woodworking & mountains. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandfather with six children and eleven grandchildren. I am decended from Danish Vikings, Easern European Jews (think Fiddler on the Roof) and eary American settlers who fought in the Revolutionary War in New Jersey. I grew up near a river and learned to love canoing, rowing, sailing, swimming, fishing and anything else you can do on the water. I served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and saw a lot of the world from my ship. I went to college in Colorado and Utah and learned to love the mountains and the challenge of climbing them. I have a wood shop in my garage where I build winning Pinewood Derby cars and furniture. Most of all, I like to share these things with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending the Lutheran Church. My family attended church every Sunday and I sang in the choir, was an alter boy and attended the church school through the 6th grade. I thought Mormons were strange, but I do not know where that thought came from. When I went to college in Colorado and made trips to hike in the Grand Canyon, I remember avoiding Utah to stay away from those Mormons. But I also met some Mormons at school and they were good people. Later, wile in the US Navy, I shared a room with a Mormon. He was a good man and fun to be around. I asked him why he was so happy and he said it was because of what he believed and how that shaped his life. I lisened to his message, investigated what he said and came to know that it was true. I found that there are living prophets today, just as there were in ancient times. They speak the word of the Lord in terms that we understand and about problems that we face today.

How I live my faith

My faith is a very practical thing. It motivates me to reach out to and serve others in ways that I would probably not do on my own. I have taught early morning religious classes to high school students who were a challenge at that hour of the morning. I have taken Boy Scouts on extended campouts that included trecks in the mountains and trips down white water rivers. I have overcome a fear of speaking to give talks in front of large groups in Sunday meetings. I have cleared trees and flood damage from homes and property after hurricanes and other natural disasters. All of these things and many others came from being a Mormon.