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Hi I'm Carl

I'm an Army Veteran. I am a full-time student pursuing my second masters. I am married with two awesome little boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life dream was to retire from the Army. I started that dream when I enlisted at the age of seventeen. I got my veteran status when I was only eighteen years old. But, that was not the only life status I received at the age of eighteen. While I was in my Army training I met a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she introduced me to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a few months later I was baptised and confirmed a member of The Church. A few months after my tour of duty in Iraq, I was granted a two year leave to serve a mission. I received my call to the Antananarivo, Madagascar mission speaking malagasy. After a successful two year mission my soon to be wife and I started dating again and we were married eight months after we got home from our missions. Now, we have two wonderful little boys, I have completed one masters and will be finishing my second this fall. I love my wife, and I love my kids more than anything else in the world. The major stress in my life comes from loving my family too much, to the point that I will do whatever I have to do with work and school time to not sacrifice family time. Making that choice makes things harder for me, but I have seen the blessings of spending as much time as I can with my family. I love my family so much that my life dream has changed from retiring from the Army to being the best husband to my wife, father and example to my children I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the an "Easter & Christmas" style Catholic home, but my mom was never ashamed of teaching me what was right from what she knew about the Gospel. I always had an interest in religion, and was even laughed at a few times when I would stand up for the cause of religion. Even though I had a strong belief in things that pertained to God and his commandments, I never quite believed the teachings I had heard from the church I was attending at the time. While in Army basic training I started going to church every Sunday to get closer to God on my own. Little did I know that this planted the seed in my heart to receive the True Gospel of Jesus Christ. While I was in my advanced training in the Army I met a young lady that started taking me to Church. I was surprised the first time I went to Church with her and found out it would be three hours long, but that just meant three hours away from post. Through the rest of my training I went to Church at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When I was able to come home for a time I contacted the missionaries where I was living and started taking the discussions. Everything they were teaching me made sense. One truth that rang true in my heart was about the Trinity. I never really believed before that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost were one person because that seemed impossible to me. When the elders told me that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost were three different and distinct individuals I said, "Of course they are." Much to the elders' surprise, the Lord had already prepared me with an open heart and mind to receive the Gospel. After that point I listened to everything they taught me. I would pray to know it was true every night, and read the Book of Mormon they gave me to learn the truths they were teaching as well. After two months of discussions and a lot of prayer I was baptised and confimed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

Currently I have a few major resposibilities according to the Church. First, I am a husband to my wife. Second, I am a father to my children. Third, I am the president of the organization for young men in my branch of The Church. As a husband, I am in an equal partnership with my wife to lead our family on the path of righteousness. We provide for the needs of our family in all things temporally, spiritually and emotionally. We raise our boys with love in our hearts and an eye single to their future as they grow to become husbands and fathers themselves someday. As a father, I am an example to my children. Though they are both under three years old, they look up to me, imitating my mannerisms, and sometimes my words and expressions. I want to provide for them the best exmple possible of how to work hard, serve others, and follow the Gospel so that they can grow up to be good examples to their children, or whom ever they come in contact with. As the president of the young men in my branch, my responsibility fall with the young men ages twelve to eighteen in our area. This is a major responsibility as I help to prepare them for becoming an adult and fulfilling the responsibilities that they with have in the future. I help them to understand the teachings of Jesus Christ, how to serve their fellow man, and to be good member of the Church and community. Since the ages of 12 - 18 are usually when young men can decide who they want to be, it is important that I teach them correct principles and help them to make good decisions. I want to be a role model for them of somebody who knows the truthfulness of the Gospel, stands up for what is right, and just a good guy. With these three major responsibilities it is important for me to follow the teachings that I know to be correct, it is the only way to be the best example I can be.