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Hi I'm Karl

I'm an Eagle scout. I'm a BYU alum. I'm a bean-counter. I'm a husband. I'm a father of five. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I should have my great wife fill this out. I have been married for eight years and we have five wonderful kids to show for it. We have two boys and three girls. The crazy thing is that all of our girls, including my wife, have October birthdays. My oldest is seven and my youngest is 10 months old. I love to play with my kids. Each month I pick one of my kids to go out on a "date" with and this has been a real fun way to get to know my kids better and have some one-on-one time. You can imagine how crazy our house can be at times with five kids seven and under, but we love it! I wouldn't have it any other way. I currently work in operations/accounting, so I guess you could call me a "bean-counter," though I am trying hard to not fit the typical accountant mold. I worked in public accounting for six years as a financial auditor before my current job. This new job has been a good change of pace, but I really valued the experiences and people I met in public accounting to help launch my career fresh out of college. You could probably say I am a sports junkie. I enjoy being active and love following my favorite sports teams. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and talking with her. I am a boy scout at heart and you could call me a "scouting nerd." I also like to play the piano, though I don't get to that as much as I would like.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I realized at a young age that the blessings in my life and for my family were a direct result of us striving to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. My family has been associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the 1830's, when the restored church was in its earliest beginnings. Having this family legacy is a big part of who I am and why I am a Mormon, but when I was 12 or so I really wanted to figure out if what I had been taught my whole life and what my ancestors had been a part of was true. I remember really studying the scriptures and praying earnestly to God for an answer to the truth. I went through this soul searching for a long time, what seemed to be a year. I recall one night after kneeling by my bed and praying to God again for an answer that a simple thought or what seemed like a voice spoke to my mind as I layed in my bed. "You already know." I reflected upon that statement and as I did this feeling came over me that is hard to explain, but it became clear to me that I did already know that truth. I had seen the blessings in my life as a direct result of living the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught through the church and I knew the good feelings I had were an answer to my prayer and a witness from the Spirit that what I had been living and practicing my whole life was the truth. Since that time, I have had many other wonderful experiences as I have continued to follow the gospel and make sacred covenants in the temple. God doesn't leave us in the dark. He has made it possible for all of us to seek and to know the truth through the witness that can come from the Spirit. I have felt this witness and that witness has been confirmed to me as I continue to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and see the blessings that come.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith in all that I do. There is no such thing as a Sunday only worshipper in my mind. You either practice what you preach or you don't. When I am with others in the community that are not of my faith, I serve them and love them just like I would my own family. I make a point to get to know my co-workers and let them know that I am Mormon. I fully respect their choices and I take opportunities to invite them to learn more about the church. I strive not to be pushy in any way with religion as I know it can be a sensitive topic, but my approach is to set a good example, love, and invite. I figure I would be less of a friend if I didn't share what was most important to me. It is part of me and really who I am. I am heavily involved with serving in the church. I have served in the church as a teacher, Boy Scout leader, and various administrative roles. Each of these service opportunities have helped me grow and learn. I especially loved working as a Boy Scout leader as I came to realize that the principles and values taught in the Boy Scouts of America were directly in line with the principles and values of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also loved working with young men and trying to help lead them to success. Scouting, while sometimes perceived in a negative light, is a great program to help develop young men into leaders. It helped me develop to who I am as an Eagle Scout. Currently I am serving in a more administrative role within the church as I am striving to help a local congregation of 500 or so live Christ's principle of "feeding the flock." I have had great experiences reaching out to those who may be struggling some and striving to help lift a burden. I love being involved with the church and serving in any way. One of my favorite quotes that I strive to live by is from N. Eldon Tanner, a former church leader and respected business man. "Service is the rent we pay for living in this world of ours."