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Hi I'm Carris

I grew up in Arizona, but went to high school in California. I am a father of 3, a football referee, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports, and especially football. I have been a referee since 1999 and have loved every minute of it. I also referee high school basketball and umpire high school softball. I have been married to my wife since 1999 and together we are raising 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl). I love spending time with my wife and kids and together we love camping, playing board games, and music (playing and singing). Being a father has been very rewarding as I get to share my talents with my children, while at the same time seeing them develop their own unique and individual talents.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the example of my parents. My father was always a hard working man who never hesitated to help others. I can remember many times he would come home exhausted from working construction in the Arizona summer. Inevitably someone would call needing help with some project or another. My father never hesitated to get his tools and head out the door. When I was older I was allowed to come along to help out. I realized that my father was living the true principles of the Gospel by putting others needs before his own. Now that I am older and have a family of my own I understand that my father was teaching me by example what it means to not only believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but how to live it as well. I take every chance that I get to bring my family along whenever a service opportunity arrives, and we do our best not to murmur, but to truly enjoy serving our fellow men. By serving, we are able to show our love for the Savior by doing as He did. Taking care of the one was always the pattern the Savior showed. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is based on the same teachings that the Savior gave to the people in Jerusalem all those years ago. Serving and caring for our fellow man are key parts of the teachings of both the Savior and the His church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in the weekly meetings. I am lucky enough to teach youth ages 14-18 every week and I get to share the Savior's teachings with them, while also helping them deal with the challenges they face each week.Teaching has been the most rewarding for me, because I get to study each week and share my thoughts and feelings with others. It is rewarding to see the Gospel take root in the youth, and to see them begin their own journey towards understanding what it means to be a follower of Christ. I also volunteer by working as a financial clerk at the church.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is instruction for our day. The Word of Wisdom helps us to know what dangers lie ahead for our personal health. In it we are warned to avoid dangerous substances such as alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, coffee, and tea. We are also warned about what to eat such as fruits that are in season, grains and dairy. We are warned to eat meat sparingly and to use all things in wisdom. This means we should avoid becoming addicted to or over-indulgent in the use of any substance or food. I take this to be that we should try to eat a balanced diet and not one loaded with sugar, or just carbs, or no-carbs, or whatever the latest fad diet may be. If we follow the advice given, we are striving to eat a balanced diet and to keep our bodies as healthy as they can be. If we follow this advice we are promised that we will have the strength and endurance to live a healthy life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

YES, Mormons are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ and that He is the Savior of all mankind. We strive to follow His teachings and to live as He lived. Does this mean that we are perfect? Of course not, for we are human the same as anyone else. What it means is that we try to live a life of service and love towards others and try to learn of the teachings the Savior has given. As Mormons we believe the Bible to be the word of God. We believe in God the Eternal Father, and we believe in the Holy Ghost. We are not as different as the world would have you believe. The only thing that would make us different from the rest of the world, and the truly unique part of our belief is that we believe that the heavens are still open and that we can receive revelation today, the same as in days past. We believe that God is the same yesterday as He is today. If God gave revelation to those in days past, surely He will do the same today, and into the future. This is part of our belief system for we believe that God loves His children the same no matter what age of time they live. This belief that God can still speak with man is the key difference between us and other Christians, but it in no way makes us not Christian. It gives us hope to know that God still loves us today, the same as He always has. Show more Show less