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Hi I'm Carl McBrayer

I grew up in Arizona and California and now live in Utah. I'm married and the father of 7 and the grandfather of 10. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to my best friend Pattie and we are the parents of seven children and ten beautiful grandchildren. I'm a fifth generation Mormon and have been active in the Church throughout my life. My chief interest in life is my family. I thoroughly enjoy being a grandfather and find that the teachings of the Church on the eternal nature of the family greatly strengthens my resolve to be the very best husband, father and grandfather that I can possibly be. Nothing is more important than the family. In fact, even my main passion in life revolves around the family. I love genealogy and enjoy searching out and learning about my ancestors. It has become my passion and the doctrine of the Church concerning the Savior's Plan of Salvation as it applies to the individual and the family is the driving factor behind my research. I feel I know them and I feel a closeness to them even though we may be generations apart. They are real people who had struggles and triumphs in their lives as with all of us. I feel a love for them and am grateful for the heritage they have provided to me. They are my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was, as some would say, "born and raised in the Church." In fact, my family, on my mother's side, joined the Church in 1831, the year after the Church was organized. With that said I have also found that being "born and raised in the Church" is not enough to secure a firm knowledge of the truth. It is not something that is inherited. One must gain his or her's own conviction of the truth and to know independently takes sincere effort. It involves an inward struggle for while I may have had all the tools before me rarely was it my choice during my youth to use them. Over time I have come to learn that the three most important tools we possess are the scriptures, personal prayer and following the commandments. Only by reading His word and praying did I come to know of the Savior's love and his wondrous plan for His children and only by following the commandments did I gain the knowledge and strength to overcome the trials of my life. By this knowledge and strength I also know that my sweet daughter Sarah, who died at two months of age, is waiting for us to join her and that through the Lord's plan she continues to live. There is no doubt in my mind! As a parent I cannot imagine coping with the death of a child without this knowledge. It is my conviction and testimony that my family can be eternally bound or sealed together. I testify that God, our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, love us. They know each of us personally by name. Jesus Christ is my friend, brother and personal Savior. I follow Him. I am a Christian and a Mormon. They are truly one in the same. In 1820 God the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared to a young man named Joseph Smith in answer to his heartfelt prayer of faith. Through Joseph the gospel was restored again to the earth and within it are the answers to such questions as: Who am I? Why am I here? And after death, what? The answers to all our questions are found in the restored gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have had many "callings" within the Church. Most of which, involved teaching. This is truly one of the remarkable aspects of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Everybody is invited to participate and grow. My present calling in my ward (congregation) is teaching the Temple Preparation class with my wife, Pattie. It is a rewarding and challenging experience for which I am grateful. It is my conviction that all the ordinances of the Holy Temple point to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and His Infinite Atonement. It is a joy to help others prepare to enter within it's sacred walls. It is truly the House of the Lord. In 1972 at the age of nineteen I was called to serve as a missionary for the Church in southern England. It was a remarkable experience and by it I came to know, first-hand, how the gospel changes lives. I saw and experienced miracles and I gained a greater love for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by serving him. I grew to love the people and desired their happiness. My mission was, indeed, a life changing experience. Since my mission I have usually been called to teaching positions within the Church and I have taught in almost all the classes of the Church from the youth in Primary, the young men and women of the early-morning Seminary Program to the more seasoned members within the Priesthood Quorums and Gospel Doctrine classes.. Because of this, as is usually the case with most teachers, I have learned much and I have personally grown in my conviction of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Carl McBrayer
Yes, Mormons do, in fact believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, is our personal Lord and Savior. We are totally dependent upon Him and realize that His paramount purpose in coming to earth was to take upon Himself not only our sins but also our pains and sicknesses. We show our love for our Savior in observing and keeping all the commandments and and upon our repentance and our faith in the Savior we may, if faithful return again to His presence. With that said, we are also totally dependent, as taught in the Book of Mormon, upon His Grace. "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23). Therefore, we cannot "buy" our way to Heaven because of our good works for "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We need the Savior, our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, to intercede for us with His Grace provided by His Matchless Atonement. Jesus Christ is our advocate with the Father and "only way" back to our Father's presence. Again, as taught by King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon, "And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent" (Mosiah 3:17). Show more Show less