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Hi I'm Karl

I'm a husband, I'm a father, I'm a grandfather, I'm a very blessed person -- and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have had a great life. I have been blessed in most everything that I've done. I married my high school sweetheart and the love of my life and we are blessed with 4 tremendous children. So far, we've also been blessed with 9 grandchildren. A year ago, my wife began having pains that would not go away and at the hospital we were told she had pancreatic cancer. She passed away 8 weeks later. The pain and loneliness that began that day were almost more than I could bear. How was I to get past the loss of my wife, my best friend and my life's companion of 45 years? The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer. Yes, there is still pain and there is still the loneliness, but through the Atonement of our Savior, we will all be resurrected into an Eternal life that will allow us to be together with family and friends. Because of our marriage in the Temple of the Lord, my wife and I will be together if I will do my part and keep His commandments to the best of my ability. This faith and hope that I have for the future is what has allowed me to go through each day with the knowledge that death in this life is not the end of our existence and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we will be resurrected and be together forever. Even with this knowledge, it is still extremely difficult for me, and not a day goes by without my thinking of her dozens of times. But with an Eternity together to look forward to, it is bearable.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon mostly because I was raised as a Mormon. My father was a member of the Catholic faith, but my mother was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and for reasons important to her, I was raised in her faith. I had some connection with the Catholic faith in my early life, but I am eternally grateful that my mother took the lead in my religious upbringing. Over the years, I have gained a strong testimony of the truthfulness of this church through much reading and praying and through trying to live its teachings the best that I can. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and have gained a strong testimony that this book contains the Word of God and that the origin of this book is exactly what Joseph Smith has described. There is more truth in the Book of Mormon than any other book ever published. I am a Mormon because of the blessings that I have received from trying to live the teachings of the church. I look back over the years of my life and can see many, many times when keeping the commandments has blessed my life. I know that the Lord has been with me and helped with raising my family, with my work career, in my home, and in every other important part of my life. I am a Mormon because of the happiness and peace that has come to me from knowing the purpose for my life and what I need to do to live with my family, my Heavenly Father and my Savior, for Eternity.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments of the Lord the best I can. It's a full-time effort and begins with prayer and scripture study each morning. Both of these activities help to start each day with a greater desire to do what's right and to live as I should. Each day I try to find ways to help my family and friends in any way that I can. I read a lot and always have a good book available. Recently, I've become interested in doing more genealogy work and especially have become fond of doing the indexing work that the church is doing to provide more information on the internet for those who are doing genealogy research. Each day ends the way it starts – with prayer to thank my Heavenly Father for His blessings and kindness and mercy that day.