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Hi I'm Karl

I'm a husband and a father of four daughters. I've worked as an attorney and in several businesses. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with a love for music and sports. As the father of four daughters, they are now my hobbies! Though I was born and raised in Arizona, I've lived in Osaka, Japan; Chicago, Illinois; and Provo, Utah. I enjoy beautiful music of all genres, and spending time with my family. We love to travel and visit new places. I started my career as an attorney, but after a few years migrated to running some businesses in areas of financial services and alternative risk management.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God is our loving Father in Heaven. As a beloved child, He knows me--and each of us--by name. He has placed us here on this earth to have experiences, tests and challenges. These help us grow. I am eternally grateful to God's Son, Jesus Christ, for atoning for my sins, and teaching us about His Father's Plan of Salvation. It is through the grace of Jesus Christ that we can return to live with God after this life. As in biblical times, God has ordained prophets in our day. I'm grateful we have modern-day prophets to teach us God's word, and to give us direction and guidance. I know the Bible is the word of God. God has blessed us with additional scripture, including The Book of Mormon--Another Witness of Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is true. It complements the teachings of the Bible. Because God loves His Children, He gives us commandments. It is our privilege to follow those commandments and receive God's blessings. I am grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I strive to live the teachings of Jesus Christ by attending and participating in His church. I consider my congregation of about 350 members in Arizona to be a part of my extended family. I try to see each member as my "brother" and "sister" in the gospel. Currently my calling is to be the bishop of our congregation, which is called a "ward." This gives me a great opportunity to get to know the youth in our ward, and to do my best to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a very friendly and loving ward family. I learn so much from my fellow ward members, and I'm thankful for their examples of love and sacrifice. I look forward to each Sunday when I can attend Sacrament meeting, where we renew our covenants with God and Jesus Christ, and where we remember the great atoning sacrifice of Jesus. These meetings help me to think more about Jesus and His perfect example. While my calling is currently that of the bishop, I've held other callings working with the young children, the youth, and the men in our congregation. I enjoy singing in our ward choir.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Karl
If you haven't been to a Mormon church service, you should attend! Friends who have attended tell me it was enjoyable, spiritual, uplifting and very "normal." They tell me the biggest difference is the participation in the meeting by "regular" church members, including women, men, youth, and children. Speakers are assigned in advance from the congregation. Youth as young as 12 years old can speak in church. Even new members may speak. A few members of the ward speak each week on difference topics. Because our sacrament meeting is really a meeting to remember Jesus Christ, many of the speakers will talk about Jesus Christ, His gospel, His example, and His teachings. Often speakers will talk about the everyday challenges of life, and how the gospel of Jesus Christ can help us in our individual lives and families. I enjoy singing the beatiful religious hymns in our church meetings. The highlight of the meeting is partaking of the sacrament (sometimes known as communion in other Christian faiths). The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed to those in attendance who wish to partake. Show more Show less