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Hi I'm Carl

I was born in Utah, grew up in Idaho, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 20 I went to Egypt for a year with my parents. My Dad is an agronomist who was working on an agricultural development project for the Egyptian government. After this experience I decided I wanted to work on similar projects. Over the next 20 years, after earning Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees, I worked in over 15 foreign countries and have traveled to more than 50 countries including places like Austria, Brazil, China,and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. I met my wife while working on a project in Venezuela. We have been married for 17 years, and we have three sons. I learned to scuba dive on the island of Guam while I was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. It remains my favorite hobby. I would like to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia with my family some day.    

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family with a pioneer heritage. One of my ancestors worked as a stone mason on some of the first temples built in this dispensation, including the temple in Salt Lake City. In spite of this family legacy, I had to learn for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the true Church of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. This process took many years because I was busy pursuing my education and my career. After I met the woman who was to become my wife, we had a very serious discussion about how we were going to live our lives and raise the children that we hoped to bring into this world. Having seen so much of the secular world and many of its religions in practice, I realized that the Gospel of Jesus Christ contained the key to a happy life. I also came to realize that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the only one that contained the fullness of the Gospel, and she fully agreed.  After we were married my wife and I became active members of the local church, and we were later sealed for time and eternity in the Orlando Florida Temple. I am a Mormon because I have a hard earned testimony that this church is true.  

How I live my faith

I think the best way to follow the example of our Saviour is to give service to others, something I have been doing throughout my adult life. Currently I do this by working as a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America in association with the Troop my sons are members of. I have also been trained by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR. I recently completed training for the Community Emergency Response Team CERT program. I am also the President of the Sunday School in my local church. I have two families that I home teach, and my youngest son accompanies me when I go to visit them to see how they are doing. Sometimes we help them with their yard work since they have children and careers.    

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serving a mission is not a requirement. I did not serve a mission for the Church, but because I have a testimony of the Church I am always looking for opportunities to help others learn about the Gospel.    Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

As someone who attends the temple regularly I know that there is nothing secret about what goes on inside. The sacred nature of the ordinance work that does go on is simply not something to be discussed casually with people who are not themselves engaged in the Lord's work. Now that I am worthy to enter the temple, it is a privilege that I cherish above all else.  Show more Show less