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Hi I'm Carl

I am well over 65 and have been a lifelong member. Entered the Navy Air in WWII at 17 - survived. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family were Pioneer LDS stock. I grew up on an Idaho farm; went to school in a 2 room elementary school; my first school bus was actually a sheep wagon pulled by a team of horses. Throughout the years, my technical schooling advanced to being asked to teach in the University of Colorado Graduate school. Was also selected to be on the record setting trip/patrol with the submarine USS SEAWOLF. Entered the Navy in WWII as a 17 year old and was fortunate to survive the war. Married a hometown girl when I returned 62 years ago. We have 3 sons, 7 gchildren and expecting our 6th gg-child. Of our gchildren, 4 have served missions: Japan, Brazil, North Carolina and Mexico; 2 other gdaughters were married in the Temple. My work has given the opportunity to meet many different peoples - few who were Mormon. My wife and I began a Cub Pack in New Jersey sponsored by the Methodist Church; when we moved to Ohio we reorganized the Pack that was sponsored by the Baptist Church - met some wonderful people. Back when we were required to raise money to build a chapel and do much of the work ourselves, we had help from Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic and Presbyterian friends laying floor and other work. Wonderful. We were asked to go to Iran to assist in the design of a new telephone system for the country. The Church obtained legal status in June of that year; we bought a chapel and worked to improve it. There were faithful members from Iran/Persia, Korea, Britain, Australia.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so blessed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. We often hear that a member is a Convert. We are all Converts-even though we were born in the Church, we need to be Converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the latter day. I love the faith and generosity of time and love and service that is provided by our members. None of our Ward members or leaders or Stake leaders receive any pay for the personal time they give in service to others which reduces time with their families; Additionally, a Stake President who is released may serve as the Scout Leader in his next calling. Nearly everyone has a Calling to serve others. Love, Service. In the administration as a Group Leader I report to my leaders about Home Teaching and other responsibilities; but they report to me about the assignments they have been asked to fulfill. THERE IS NO OTHER ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD WHERE THIS WOULD TAKE PLACE. The goal of service and humility is a reflection of our love of the Savior, Jesus Christ and following Him. Our Young Men and Young Women are provided opportunities to learn leadership skills that will help them in all phases of their lives. From the age of 12 on up they may serve as Class Leaders and have responsibilites to their class as well as service to others in many ways - like painting, cleaning, babysitting, being a friend to the friendless. They are also provided opportunities for Social growth with dances, service projects, dinners, etc. The Church teaches cleanliness of mind and body. Our young people are striving to be modest, chaste, clean. The Church encourages education and useful pursuits. A very short time after the Saints arrived in the Salt Lake desert area in 1847, Brigham Young established schools. We strive to improve.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to have been involved in the communities as well as our Church. As mentioned before, my wife and I served as Scout Leaders when sponsored by Methodist and Baptist Churches when there were no Mormon Churches closeby. These were wonderful opportunities to be able to teach and be taught by men and women of other faiths. I have been blessed to serve in a wide latitude of jobs/callings, from cleaning tasks to leadership positions. Everyone knows I am a Mormon and respects that; as a result they do not use profanity or vulgarity around me. I was elected President of our local Kiwanis Club; was also selected as the Outstanding Optimist of the Year for our Optimist club - have many good friends who "are the salt of the earth types" from these associations. Because I am the only Mormon they may know, it is an opportunity to serve as an example. I don't have to tell people that I am Mormon - the word gets around somehow in a good way. My boys and I ski and mountain climb together and with a multitude of friends. Wonderful experiences. Living near the mountains, we hiked, camped and climbed a lot. When teaching Sunday School, some of my fellow teachers and I would take youth classes on mountain hiking trips. There is opportunity to get close to the young people during these events. My youngest son and I climbed with Persian Dr. Homyoun Shirazi. We scaled Mt. Damavand in Iran, about 18,500 foot elevation, without oxygen. My wife and I have been involved with Genealogy or Family History. We have both worked in the Family History Library and experienced joy in helping others find their ancestor families as well as extending our own lines. This activity is contagious and rewarding as we learn more about our ancestors and who we are. I have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Mormon Church. So many good things. I would invite you to learn more about the Mormon Church and enjoy the love and closeness that is provided.