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Hi I'm Carl

I'm a Mormon. Grew up in Eastern Oregon and am now retired near Seattle. I served a Mormon Mission in Norway from 1956-59.

About Me

As a child our family attended a community church, but when I was about 6 years old we joined the LDS Church. I have been an active, practicing Mormon all my life. I served as a missionary to Norway in the late 1950s, After returning from Norway I enlisted in the USAF and went into Navigator Training. I received my Commission as an Air Force 2nd Lt with a Navigator rating in 1960. I navigated KC-135 Air Refueling Tankers at Fairchild AFB, WA for the remainder of my 5-year active duty tour after which I joined the Air Force Reserve at Hill AFB, UT for 5 more years. I joined the Federal Aviation Administration in 1969 and worked in Flight Service Stations in Salt Lake City, UT; Elko, NV; Ontario, CA; Los Angeles, CA;, Walla Walla, WA; and Seattle, WA. I retired from the FAA in 1999 when my wife got cancer and I needed to be home for her. After a year long battle the cancer was in remission so I drove a School Bus for a year followed by 7 1/2 years driving part-time for King County Metro before retiring again. During all my life I have served my church in many and varied capacities. Presently I am the Stake Sunday School President in my Stake. Now, at age 75, I am back to work building an E-Commerce business specializing in kitchen gadgets. Life is great. It's exciting. And, most of all, I feel greatly blessed by a loving Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

To explain why I'm a Mormon is like trying to explain why I continue to breath. Being a Mormon is nothing like belonging to a fraternal organization, a club, or a professional organization. I can loose membership in every one of those organizations and get up in the morning with an optimistic outlook, ready to meet the day. But I literally could not survive as a person without the sustenance and support of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Life would hold no meaning. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the source of all true happiness in this life. I have seen so many friends who thought they were happy before they accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ who were amazed at the increase of peace and happiness in their lives after they joined the Church and began practicing Gospel precepts. Even though I know some who read this may not fully understand, I want all to know that I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that He performed an atoning sacrifice in our behalf which provides an opportunity for us to repent of our sins and wipe the slate clean thus allowing us to return to live with our Heavenly Father after this earthly probation is finished. I know that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God, just as was Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many others. I know that messengers from the Eternal World came to him and restored Power and Authority to administer the ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that a Prophet from ancient America by the name of Moroni, actually visited Joseph and presented an abridgement of the writings of ancient American Prophets written on Gold Plates. I know that by the gift and power of God, Joseph was able to translate those ancient records and publish them to the world as "The Book of Mormon." Doubt me not. These things I know as surely as I know the sun shines in yonder heaven. At the same time, I honor the freedom of choice given to every one of us. You may choose to believe or not, but you now have my witness.

How I live my faith

The first thing I want everyone to know is that I have many faults and failings -- just like many of you. Nevertheless, I am continually trying to overcome these faults and failings. I am happy to report that, in some areas, there has been significant improvement. However, I keep finding new failings I didn't know I had. I have come to understand this will be a continuing process here on earth, and probably beyond as well. I can be found participating in Church meetings every Sunday, barring an emergency or illness. I enjoy singing in the Choir, conducting congregational singing, teaching classes, visiting members in their homes, and fulfilling specific assignments given me by our leaders. As you many know, we do not have a paid ministry. At no level in our Church, from the most humble member to the President of the Church is anyone paid for ecclesiastical services rendered. Lay members do all the work of their own free will. One of the things that has fascinated me about the Church is that the handbooks published to give direction and guidance to lay leaders are continually getting smaller. More and more specific procedures are reduced to the simple phrase, "Let the Spirit guide." In the Corporate and Business Worlds that would be a disastrous instruction. But, think about it for a moment. If this is truly the Church of Jesus Christ (and it is), and He is leading the Church through revelation to His chosen servants (which He does), then the great unifying and stabilizing force is the Holy Spirit. As leaders gain more and more experience in listening to and understanding the Spirit, the less and less they need to receive detailed instructions on how to function. Only when men cannot hear the Spirit of God are they led astray. Moroni said it best in the Book of Mormon when he said, "By the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things." As the Church matures, so is the spiritual capacity of its leaders maturing as they rely on the Spirit.