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Hi I'm Carr

I grew up in Colorado. I am a "reformed CPA", now leading a Human Capital Management team. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am soon to be a grandpa – my greatest excitement. My wife and I have 3 sons that are very active in sports – particularly football. I love to ski, scuba dive, and try to keep up on all things that my sons enjoy. Through work and charitable activities I have traveled to many locations – Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Uganda, Kenya, etc. We love to travel, as long as it doesn’t interfere with High School Football games. I am actively engaged in various charitable organizations (some as a board member) like the Red Cross, and other smaller non-profits that serve abused women and homeless families. I am passionate about advanced education and have served on 5 different college/university boards over a span of 25 years. My latest interest is oral history. I am attempting to gather the information through family interviews to create a legacy of life history for some great family members.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints allows me the gift of both giving and receiving. The latter always outweighs any effort expended on the former. The reason I belong to the church is that the organization itself compels me to improve. It gives me opportunities to serve others, to enhance my talents, and to draw closer to my Father in Heaven. Because we do not employ professional clergy, we are empowered to serve one another; often in roles not of our chosing. We do not seek position within the church but serve in whatever ways asked. In my case it has been as a youth leader, a Sunday school teacher, a public affairs director, a financial auditor and in many other ways. The service opportunities I have been given help me to grow and love others. But this pales in comparison to the service provided to me. Just as I serve in small ways, hundreds of others serve me, visiting my home, teaching my children, helping me to move, serving my mother when I lived far away, teaching me how to be a better father and husband. I believe in the doctrines of the church. I was born to a loving mother, and former Baptist minister father. We were presented the gospel in my youth, and my father immediately recognized what he had been missing. It took my mother and I longer. It wasn’t until my late teens that I came to know with certainty that the doctrines of the church were true and correct. They always felt right, but until I sought confirmation alone in a college dorm room did I received the unmistaken confirmation of their truth. I receive that same confirmation from the Holy Ghost each time I read the scriptures, and pray for guidance. I have received confirmation that Jesus Christ is my savior and redeemer; that the gospel was restored to the earth through a prophet; that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is a companion to the Bible; and that God continues to talk with man today both personally, and through a living prophet that leads and guides the church.

How I live my faith

My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints not only compels me to improve, it teaches me how to live my faith by giving me opportunities to learn to serve cheerfully. It teaches me to first serve my family, then my community and neighbors. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I am taught to adhere to teachings of Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan; to treat others as my neighbor and to serve all in need. I don’t always get it right but I get to keep trying. For me that service is within my family, my congregation, and various charitable organizations. I receive great pleasure serving in organization such as the Seattle Red Cross, and with a non-profit that serves abused women and children. In church I currently serve as the public affairs director for the Seattle area, working with many talented and committed volunteers whose mission is to bring clarity about our beliefs and make friends in the community. I live my faith by trying in a small way to make the life of those around me just slightly better than if I weren’t to exist. By giving a little bit more than I take each day I hope to add to the value of humanity each day.