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Hi I'm Carl

I grew up in Fond du Lac, and now live in Jackson. I am a father, a husband, and a Packer Fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Gulf War Veteran who spent 6 years total in the Army. I met my wife in college and we are both converts to the Church. Now, I am a husband and a father of two teenagers, which is humbling all itself. I enjoy spending time with my family traveling or playing games.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up Catholic gave me a great basic understanding of religion, but couldn't answer some fundamental questions I always had. Mormonism has those answers. Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? I think a loving Heavenly Father would want us to have every opportunity to return to him, but without his help, I always felt like I was wandering. He has a plan for all of us, and it isn't a secret.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by performing service for others. I have several families assigned to me that I visit monthly. Along with a companion, we bring them a monthly message and offer our help in any way we can. One time, we had a family with an old water heater lying in their finished basement. They had no way to get it out on their own, and no way to dispose of it. One phone call and a little effort, and we were able to help them in this simple way. It wasn't a big deal to us, but it allowed their children to play in their basement without the risk of one of the little ones getting hurt. We also have callings at Church. Some of us teach children in Sunday school, some help with the scouting program, and others are called to be the Bishop. I help the Bishop by being his Executive Secretary. This means I coordinate his schedule on a weekly basis, so he is sure to get to all his meetings, and yet have time to meet with those who need his council to help them with challenges in their lives. We are not paid in any way. We all agree to do these callings to provide service to those around us.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Carl
I think most religions teach some form of offering, but in our faith, we really do pay a full tithe. This is the same for everyone, regardless of income or status. At first, this was a difficult concept for me to follow. But over time, I have seen the blessings that come from following this commmandment of the Lord. Everything I have and everything I earn, I do so because I am allowed to by my Father in Heaven. He only asks for a small portion in return to be use for those less fortunate. Plus, I get to keep 90%! Show more Show less