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Hi I'm Karl

I've been skydiving, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up surfing and scuba diving in southern California and have a general love of the outdoors. I'm an eagle scout, a husband, and a father of two wonderful little kids. I currently am enjoying a career change and have gone back to school to earn a nursing degree. I like photography, music and astronomy. I'm a struggling, often failing gardener.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fifth generation Mormon and was raised LDS but like everyone who embraces the gospel, I'm a convert. I go to church now because I have a testimony that God lives, that Jesus is his Son and that the fullness of the gospel has been restored. I love the Book of Mormon and how it teaches me about my Savior. I have felt the power of the holy ghost in my life and despite my many faults I want to be close to God.

How I live my faith

I enjoy working with the youth. Last summer our high school age boys wanted to learn to scuba dive. I helped them work through the training class and then choose a location to do their first dives in the ocean - Catalina Island. It was a great experience.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jesus taught that "except a man be born of the water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" John 3:5. In other words, everyone must be baptized. Now, why everyone has to be baptized, I don't know. I know what baptism symbolizes, I know that Jesus showed the way, I just don't know why it is required of everyone. Never the less this doctrine increases my testimony that God loves all his children and has provided a way for this commandment to be fulfilled. Malachi 4:5,6 teaches us: 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the gearth with a curse. "Turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers..." What does this mean? Through the restoration of the gospel we know that this referrs to the blessing of being able to fulfill the commandment of baptism for those who have gone before. It is "The Spirit of Elijah" that turns our hearts to our ancestors (or fathers) to help them come to Christ. I know that God loves his children and would not leave anyone out just because they didn't have an opportunity to be baptized. I know the spirt of Elijah is real and I'm grateful for it. Show more Show less