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Hi I'm Carl

Born and raised in Texas, I am a professional Software Developer and semi-professional musician, and guess what? I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a complicated, type A person with a huge thirst for knowledge. Everything I've looked into, I've done a deep dive into that area of expertise. This includes music performance, electrical engineering, semiconductor engineering, software engineering, scuba diving, instrument pilot, Kung Fu, etc. I'm primarily interested in software engineering and playing the keyboards. I've been a professional in the music industry, and have played as a keyboard player in the U.S. Navy Band for half of my enlistment, and played in lesser known bands that opened for national acts in country, classical, pop, and rock. I've been lucky enough to be in an original Bluesy Americana type band out of Austin, and we enjoyed a small following when we were active as late as 2009. My flying days consisted of flying complex single engine aircraft like Mooneys, Beechcraft Bonanzas, Cessnas, and Pipers. I was instrument rated and logged about 450 hours until the money ran out. I'm married to an awesome wife who was with me for most of those activities I just mentioned, and she is my best friend on the planet. We're married and sealed for all time and eternity, but have no children. However, we LOVE children, and hang out with our fellow ward members that have them.

Why I am a Mormon

Personally speaking, I chose to be a Mormon after several weak attempts of being a member of the church. In between the times I gave it try I even visited the Buddhist faith to see if I'd find happiness in its teachings. The discovery for me was when the Buddhists spoke of a Pali term called Anatta, which means "no mind" and they told me we had no soul, and were just karmic signatures of the algebraic sum of all the good and bad karma we had generated in our past, and that which we generated in the present. They tried to make me accept we were on our own to make it through the gauntlet of this life by ourselves, and that got me really depressed to think that if I didn't get it, and succeed by pulling myself out of a bad situation, then I'd just suffer immensely for a long time. So, I decided to go back to the LDS faith, and take a more serious look at what I thought I had issues with the first time. It turned out, that it was all me. I was my own worst enemy, and found out that I had misjudged my the church, the meaning of service, and sacrifice, and charity. Once I accepted all of those concepts, and put them to the test, and read the Book Of Mormon from cover to cover 3 times now, the word of God spoke to me, in different ways each time I read the scriptures. My life was improving day by day, and the actions I took were all fruitful, and the promises that God made were all being kept. He made living in the midst of Babylon very tolerable, and I was able to experience joy like never before. Praise the Lord, and His only begotten, Jesus Christ. I hope that you find the same truths to be evident in your search.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by adhering to the basic 10 commandments, the LDS Articles Of Faith, and other directives given by our prophet. My wife and I make it a concerted effort to read the scriptures daily, say family and private prayers to our Heavenly Father. We strive to make all the ward, stake, and general conference meetings, and do our best to fulfill our callings. We love to think about and serve our Lord.