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Hi I'm Tim Carr

I was born and raised in a good Catholic family in New Jersey. I moved to Utah in 1997 after which I was converted.

About Me

I am a 40 year old husband and father of 4 children. Each day I work hard to maintain a proper balance between family, work and religion, and I have never been happier in my life. I am a social worker by profession working with populations including the homeless and others struggling with addictions and severe mental illness. During my lifetime I have had to overcome my own struggles with emotional issues and alcohol abuse. I have been a worthy member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2000, and my daily experiences testify to me of the truth of this church. I spent much of my youth all around the Jersey Shore. In fact I used to be a lifeguard on the beach. I am a big time Philadelphia sports fan. Go Phillies! Go Flyers! Go Sixers! E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!! I also cheer for many of the schools in that area. I was a collegiate athlete at a school in New Jersey, but had to make the difficult decision to stop competitive swimming to focus on my education. It was the right decision. Growing up I really enjoyed music and going to concerts. I am mainly a classic rock fan, however my favorite show I ever attended was a rap concert. My interests include sports and sports collectibles, listening to music, swimming, riding my road bike, soccer, camping and hiking. However my number 1 interest is my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was taught gospel truths in a good Christian home, I made choices in my life that took me farther and farther away from God's presence. For a while I did not even believe in God. Then came an event which helped me to recognize I needed His help. Upon moving to Utah, I began attending the local Catholic church each week. This was my goal upon coming to Utah, to be in a more religious environment and to become more active in my chosen faith. I did not know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would soon be my chosen faith. I began friendships with many others that were members of the Mormon church. I had some knowledge of their church before moving to Utah, but from these associations I learned more and more. What impressed me the most was that these individuals were all living their faith. They were practicing most everything they preached, and they were happy doing so. A big lesson learned for me from these associations was that I could have fun without alcohol. Prior to this, drinking was a big part of my life. My conversion took a lot of dedication and effort. I wanted to know the truth. Over the course of a year I fasted and prayed regularly, attended both the Catholic church and Mormon church, and read the Book of Mormon cover to cover, I felt prompted to write my life history, which gave me the opportunity to repent and receive forgiveness for things I had done in my past. At one point I made a decision that I would call the full-time missionaries that night to inquire about taking the discussions, but how would I find them? I turned the corner toward my house and there they were. After studying it out in my mind and deciding to be baptized, I got on my knees to pray. The Spirit testified to me at that point of the truth of the Mormon church. I felt as if a light were shining down upon me. Once I knew of the truth, there was no turning my back upon God again. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Everyday is an opportunity to live my faith. At my baptism I made a covenant and took upon me the name of Jesus Christ. What this means is that each and every day I need to try to live as the Savior did. Am I perfect at doing this? Absolutely not! However that is why we are here on earth, to become more Christ-like. My day begins with prayer. In fact my day is full of prayer. I pray in the morning upon awaking. I pray before I read my scriptures each day. I pray over meals, I pray when my day takes a turn for the worse, and I offer a prayer of gratitude to acknowledge God's hand when things are going well. I pray with my family before we have family scripture study in the evening. I pray with my family at bedtime. I also conclude my day with a personal prayer. Why do I do this? Well this goes back to my baptismal covenant. As I strive to live the commandments, remember my Savior, and to take upon me His name, Heavenly Father allows me to feel the Holy Spirit. This brings me peace and comfort, and gives me the direction I need. In addition to prayer and scripture study, I live my faith in many other ways. I look for opportunities to serve others daily. I fulfill my church callings and other responsibilities. Currently I coordinate the affairs of the full-time missionaries serving within my ward boundaries. I try to provide a good example to my kids as I fulfill my duties as a father. I support my son as he performs his calling by singing in the ward choir. Each Monday night I assure that we are meeting together in my home for Family Home Evening. I also do my best to help support and be a friend to my neighbors. I am blessed to have a temple nearby and strive to get there multiple times each month. I fast and pray monthly to bring blessings upon others in need, though admit sometimes those blessing are requested for myself. I also pay tithing each month to help forward the mission of my church, but also to assure for my family's needs.