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Hi I'm Karl

I'm just your regular guy who likes to find any reason to smile. And I'm a Mormon. :)

About Me

I grew up in California, and was like most any overly energetic kid. I loved playing outside, being in the sun, getting involved in sports and trying to beat or out-compete any and everyone else in anything possible; whether it was soccer, racing to a spot on the playground, seeing who could climb a pole or tree the fastest, being the first one to turn in an in-class assignment, getting the best grades on tests, and the list goes on. I hated losing. But learned to make a game out of it, be happy for those who did better than me and challenge myself to do better next time. And, not to mention, hopefully beat them! :) I've always been a happy kid. People comment to me all the time that they always see me smiling and it makes them smile and feel better when they see it. And I just say why not? Smiling and being happy is a lot funner than being sad or depressed. It may not always be easy to be happy, but to me it's always just been my choice. I've always thought that it doesn't really matter so much what you're dealt in life, but how you choose to react to it. Now I am a college student nearing graduation. Gone through the roller coaster ride of relationships. Picked up and learned a number of new skills and hobbies. Learned a lot of life lessons, and have goals, plans and hopes for the future. I know our futures are never entirely certain, but I certainly plan on making the best of it and having fun while doing it.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon? Well there's no one simple reason to put it. There's a whole slew of reasons of why I've chosen to be one. But I think the ones I can best put into terms are that the teachings just make sense to me. It all flows together, and it just resonates inside of me. I've always been a logical thinker. I have to connect the dots and have one point lead to another for very specific reasons. And everything in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does that. I also believe very much in trying things out, and taking the evidences from that to see if they are true. I have put the LDS teachings to the test and have found them to only increasingly benefit and improve my life and make me happier. They only encourage me to do and be my best, grow and continually improve. I also feel that as I've prayed about the directions I should go in life, God has put me on this path for a reason, and that this is what I should be doing. I only hope that this can be helpful in someway to someone who might be reading this, who is also looking for direction.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by simply doing just that; living it. I am not one that likes to give (or hear) a lot of lip service. If you say you're going to do something, then do it. Obviously none of us are perfect, but the whole point is that you've got to keep trying. Also you've got to give people the benefit of the doubt. Don't give up on people, or yourself. Help other people. Because when you're doing that, you're also helping yourself. Honestly I don't think there is anything better; anything more therapeutic or more meaningful in life than developing positive relationships with other human beings. When you look at people or life, don't look at them necessarily as they are now, but what they have the potential of becoming, and then treat them that way. An interesting thing happens when you treat people (yourself included) a certain way; the way and how you treat people, is what they eventually become. That really is what I believe God wants us all to do. Be our best selves, and help others do the same.