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Hi I'm Carey

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father, with four adult children and three grandchildren. I work as an attorney in a large law firm in Southern California. I enjoy spending time with my family, helping my children who are just finishing college or getting launched in their careers, taking my sons golfing and spoiling my grandkids. Life is full of challenges, but it is good and I have much for which I am thankful.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "lifer" in the Mormon church, having been raised in the faith, served a mission in Scandinavia and married in a Mormon temple. Although I have been a member of the LDS faith all my life, I have come to know for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught in the scriptures--both the Bible and Book of Mormon--is true and the only path to happiness in this life as well as in the eternities. I derive my greatest joy from my relationships with my wife and children and our extended family. The doctrines taught in the Church regarding the eternal nature of family relationships offer the only belief system of which I am aware which promises that these relationships can survive beyond the grave. I cannot imagine heaven without my family around me. Another hallmark of my personal testimony is the remarkable change that I have witnessed in the lives of those who have embraced the Gospel. Faith has replaced skepticism, hope has overcome despair and understanding has supplanted ignorance. The changes I have seen in the lives of those who have accepted Christ's invitation to come follow HIm have been a foundation of my personal conviction of the truthfulness of this Gospel. Ours is not simply a religion that requires occasional church attendance, or the rote recitation of phrases about being saved or being born again. It is, rather, a way of life, whereby one demonstrates his faith and conviction by personal daily actions of charity, service, sacrifice and work, both on behalf of other members of our Church as well as those who are not of our faith. We are a community devoted to the belief that a religion that does not require great sacrifice and work on behalf of others never has the power to bring about the spiritual rebirth that the Savior taught must occur in one's life. By so following Christ's example of service, one can find true happiness in this life as well as the promise of salvation in our Heavenly Father's kingdom after this life.

How I live my faith

My religious practices are grounded in my weekly participation in our Sunday worship services, which center around the partaking of the sacrament--bread and water which symbolize the flesh and blood of the Savior Jesus Christ's atonement for our sins. Through the sacrament, I can renew on a weekly basis the promises I made when I was baptized to take upon myself the name of Christ, to always remember Him and keep the commandments of God. In return, I receive God's promise that I can enjoy the Holy Spirit as my constant companion as I deal with the daily challenges of life. My religious observances don't end when I exit the chapel doors. Because there is no paid clergy in our church, every member has the opportunity to serve in various assignments. My current assignment involves training local church leaders in how they can minister to the spiritual and temporal needs of the members of their congregations. I have this assignment in part because I recently completed a six-year tenure as a bishop of my own local congregation. In addition to this assignment, I also have the opportunity to visit certain designated families each month in their homes, present a short spiritual message and assist with any particular temporal needs the family may have. Through this "home teaching" assignment, my wife and I have been able to get very close with certain families that we otherwise perhaps would not have known very well. They in turn have been able to help and support our family when we have had difficulties and challenges. In this way, we have tried to put into practice Christ's admonition that we should bear one another's burdens and help to strengthen one another. Aside from formal church assignments, I also enjoy participating in activities outside my church to help strengthen my community. For example, I recently completed a several-year stint as a member of the board of directors of the community foundation for the city in which I live.