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Hi I'm Karl Snelson

I grew up in Long Beach and Lakewood, California. I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

After high school I joined the U.S. Navy and served in the submarine service from 1956-1960. I then joined the Los Angeles Police Department and served from 1960-1980. After retirement my wife and I moved to Utah. Over the years we served five missions for our Church: Spain (Lorca), Micronesia Guam (island of Kosrae), Oregon (La Pine), New York (Binghimton), and Nebraska (North Platte). We loved to fly fish, mainly in West Yellowstone, Wyoming, but due to age and infirmities had to put it on hold.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife was a member of the Church when we were married. I would ask members of the Church who dropped by, to leave. My wife asked for her name to be removed so she wouldn't have visitors. Little did she know that she was, in fact, asking for excommunication, which she did not desire because she always felt close to the Church. The local leader (bishop) of our congregation received the letter, read between the lines, called, and asked if he could phone every few months to see how we were doing. I agreed. A year later I was reading a Seventh Day Adventist pamphlet about the Millennium. I decided to find out what the Mormon Church had to say about that subject. I made an extensive study of the Church doctrines: reading the Book of Mormon twice and other Church related books and materials. I took the Book of Mormon to work with me. A co-worker saw what I was reading and was concerned. He gave me a book that he said would help me to understand the Church. I took the book home and began reading. Because of my extensive study of the Church prior to this, I immediately recognized the half-truths and outright false information about the Church, which, in retrospect, convinced me that the Church was true. Up to this point my investigation of the Church was intellectual not spiritual. Eventually, after having read the Book of Mormon and pondering its teachings, I prayed to Heavenly Father to know if the Book of Mormon was true. In answer to my prayer the Lord helped me to know, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that the Book of Moron was true. Because of this personal revelation I then knew that the Church was true; that Jesus Christ was and is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer; that Joseph Smith, Jr. was indeed visited by Heavenly Father and His Son; that Joseph Smith was given some golden plates by an angel named Moroni; and that Joseph translated the ancient record contained on those plates, which is what we have today as the Book of Mormon. I was baptized!

How I live my faith

We live our faith through a number of activities. Of course, we strive to keep the commandments of God, which would include having personal and family prayer and scripture study each day. We read both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which stands along with the Bible in testifying of Jesus Christ, in fact, in church we study the Bible for two years out of every four years: the New and Old Testaments. Each Monday we have what is called Family Home Evening, a time for the family to come together in some activity. We strive to emulate the Savior and follow His example, and we listen to and follow the counsel of our living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who guides and directs us in this day, just as the prophets of old did for the people in their time. We attend church each Sunday, and we serve in our church by accepting various positions, which strengthens ourselves and our congregation (ward). One important way we serve is to go on full-time missions, and, except for help with a dwelling place, assume all financial responsibilities. We pay a tithing of 10% to the Church, which is used for the building of temples, other facilities, and missionary expenses worldwide. We also contribute what is called a fast offering, which is used to help those in need in our ward, as well as others throughout the world. We believe that families can be together forever, and believe that a man and woman can enter into a marriage in one of the temples throughout the world, to be married not only for time, but for all eternity. During this marriage we make sacred promises to God; therefore, we attend the temple as often as our circumstances will allow to renew the promises we made when we were married, and to be married for others, especially those of our ancestors who died without having the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel. So, another way we live our faith is by doing genealogy work so that we can identify our ancestors and go to the temple for them.