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Hi I'm Carl

I study theology at the Catholic University of America, and I'm a Mormon. How odd does that make me?

About Me

I'm currently a PhD student in theology at the Catholic University of America who likes to go camping and manages to get together with some other brothers from my local congregation to watch SciFi movies once a month. I also work as an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College. In November of 2010 I got married to the most wonderful woman in the world, and we welcomed our first child in April of 2016, so life is very very good right now.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of personal religious experiences that have led me to believe that this is God's church and kingdom. Also, studying the doctrines of other Christian religions has led me to a greater appreciation for the fulness of the restored Gospel of Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a seminary teacher, which means every weekday morning I have an early morning scripture study (this school year I am writing this, 2016-17, we will covering be the New Testament) with students who attend the high school next door to my apartment complex. I love teaching the scriptures and also love working with the youth, who are smart, fun, dedicated, and are good examples to me. I hope I'm also a good example to them. It's a great way to start each morning, immersed in the words of the prophets and apostles before really beginning the rest of the tasks set for the day.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

We differentiate between homosexuality as a condition and active homosexuality. Homosexuality as a condition is not not not a sin, and I'm ashamed of all of those, within or without Mormonism, that deliberately ostracize people who, through no fault of their own, are homosexual. Such ostracization is unchristian, and not in harmony with the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. However, the church does believe that sexual intimacy is reserved for marriage, and that marriage by definition is between a man and a woman. It is the divinely appointed means for procreation, and its use in any other context is a sin. So while the condition of being homosexual is not a sin, the indulgence of homosexual feelings is. It is a difficult balancing act, to love others unconditionally as Jesus commanded, yet to also stand for the truths of the gospel. I'm sure we Mormons could be better at striking the correct balance, because I know I could be. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ask God. He'll let you know, but don't expect a booming voice from the sky. It'll just feel . . . right. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. The church's articles of faith state "we believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly." I stand by that, even with its caveat of "translated correctly." The vast majority of the Bible is foundational to our understanding of God's dealing with man and Christ's earthly ministry, and is well worth studying. Show more Show less

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

No idea. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Well, if I can't be with my wife Susan and my extended family forever, then it's not really going to be heaven. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

If by "Christian" you mean "someone who worships Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the World, and tries to live by the teachings of Jesus," then the answer is unequivocally "yes." But as someone studying theology professionally, I'm sympathetic to those who think we are not Christian because of some of our more historically unusual beliefs. But that's okay. They're entitled to their wrong opinion. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. Jesus Christ is the Lord. Show more Show less