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Hi I'm Karl

I'm a Vietnam veteran, served 15 years on a school board, mediated over 400 conflicts and sold real estate 33 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My high school sweetheart and I have been married over 41 years. We have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. I served as a U.S. Marine infantryman in Vietnam and was wounded but had my strong faith to help me through some tough situations. I can share that it is possible to pull a trigger and not hate... My wife and I graduated from college -she with a Social Work Degree and me with a teaching certificate. She was a stay-at-home mom until our youngest was a senior. She was a case manager at a Child Abuse and Neglect Center where I was President of the the Board of Directors. One of our sons was accidentally shot and paralyzed at 13 years old. Another got into drugs after High School and then recognized the path he was on wasn't going to be a happy one. One daughter has tried for 15 years to have a child and was able to adopt. Another daughter was divorced with three children. She remarried. They have built a wonderful life together and added two more children to their family. One of our sons has a child who had to have open heart surgery when 7 days old and again at 6 months and a third time at two years. Most have struggled with finances and we have several children not attending church. It hasn't always been easy, but we have found great peace and joy in the understanding of the Gospel of repentance and of unconditional love. We feel rich blessings in the gospel. We have been married 41 years and are more in love now than when we were first married!

Why I am a Mormon

My dad wasn't a member while I was growing up. He drank alot and didn't have much time for any of the eight children in my family. I had good men in the Church who taught me about the Savior's love. They showed me that same love and treated me like I was important and had value. While in Vietnam, I saw many horrible things. Men were killed. I had the example of my Church leaders to help me through many tough situations. I chose to be obedient to the principles taught in the Church of Jesus Christ and they gave me hope and a sure foundation to base choices on. Later in life, after a brother committed suicide, my dad had a heart attack and made some changes in his life. I watched as his life became full of happiness and many sweet experiences. His grandchildren love him. He passed away over 8 years ago and I am so grateful for the joy he was able to find in life living as an honorable man of God. My mother worked so very hard and tried and cried many, many times as she would try to teach us the Gospel. Her example has given me the vision to have a close family relationship. It isn't perfect, but we have many really good times together. There have been struggles and still will be more. Faith in the constancy of the Savior and being able to trust Him in all things, gives added hope and faith in the future. I love the understanding the purpose of this mortal existence the Gospel gives. I appreciate the sweetness we can find in a world of turmoil. I am so very grateful for the peace found in following the Savior. I am learning more each day that it is okay to make mistakes and that challenges come even when I don't make a mistake. As I grow more appreciative and want to become more like the Savior in my desires, I find my motivation and my actions become more aligned with His will and life becomes less confusing and feels so much more a blessing than a burden.

How I live my faith

For many years I have served in Scouting and love the youth. They are full of hope and good intentions. My wife and I have organized many Cub Scout Day Camps and enjoyed helping the youth have good, worthwhile experiences and successes. We have also organized several husband/wife advances (instead of retreats). It has been my privilege to serve with over 400 Single Adults in the Church. I have learned so much from their faithfulness. It isn't always easy being a single person in a family-oriented church. Feelings of not fitting in and of loneliness are great challenges. Listening to & watching these good people has lifted my awareness of the importance of individual conversion to the Savior, Jesus Christ. I have heard a single man in his sixties say that everyone who is single is single because of heartache. I have been impressed with the strength many have to overcome sometimes tragic trials. It has given me greater appreciation for what I enjoy and my gratitude for what I have learned and felt as I serve with them. Because of the economy, my income in real estate has dropped about 80%. I represented exclusively in an upscale development, a really great builder who is also feeling the crunch of the economy. He was the source of over 50% of my income these past several years. He has other agents who have been holding open houses on Sundays and he and I have talked in the past about my doing Sunday Open Houses. I have always felt that the Sabbath Day was sacred and have avoided working on Sundays for 33 years as an agent. As the economy has worsened, I knew it was just a matter of time until he would insist on my doing them on Sundays. Several weeks ago, he called me and told me he respected my belief, but needed to release me from the project because he knew I wouldn't change my commitment to the Sabbath day. I am okay with it and know that it was the right thing for me to do. I can't go against my core beliefs and be happy. I am blessed to have my faith.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Karl
In one word: Happiness! In two words: Eternal Joy! In three words: Forever family relationships! In four words: Life with Jesus Christ! In five words: Continual progress and learning opportunities! In six words: Becoming unconditional in love for others! In seven words: Becoming even as the Savior in obedience! In eight words: Developing complete control of appetites, passions and desires! In nine words: To replace selfishness with love of service to others! And, finally, ten: A life filled with the richness of the Holy Ghost! Show more Show less