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Hi I'm Karl

I'm a fisherman of the North Pacific Ocean in Alaska. I'm an aspiring filmmaker. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the Seattle area, and lived there for the first five years of my life. When my parents divorced, my mom took me in the car, and we moved down to Olympia, and lived there three years. I would go visit my dad in Everett every so often. My mom remarried a military man when I was eight, and we moved to Idaho. I lived there up until my mission call to Tennessee not long ago. The last three summers I have worked in Alaska as a commercial fisherman. I work there on my father's boat for the months of June and July. We stay out at see for weeks at a time, or sometimes much longer (43 days is my record.) It's hard work, but it builds character, and I have grown so much in my three years up there working. I have lived through many experiences up there that other people seldom have the chance to. I enjoy sports almost more than life itself. I played quarterback through middle school, and the first three years of high school. I had to switch schools my last year, and played on a much bigger team. I played defensive end and was on the kickoff team. I also played basketball. Aside from sports, I love to make films. I started enjoying film-making when I was a freshman in high school, and decided I wanted to make it a career my junior year. I have made several video projects, and have enjoyed learning on the way. My goals are to make films that can really change people, not just entertain. I feel if I am just entertaining people, I am not accomplishing anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I live in an area where over a quarter of the kids in school are Mormon, but for the longest time I never lived the standards of the church. I have been a member of the church since I was eight years old, but I never really had a testimony of the truth until I was a freshman in high school. I finally made the decision: "Karl you have either got to embrace this, or not." I met several people who were an influence on me, and slowly as I learned from them, I gained my own testimony. I am a Mormon because I came to know of it's truth. It's not just another religion. It's the fullness of the gospel, and provides another testament of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I want nothing more than to try and be like Christ. Though we fall short, with Christ and this gospel, life has meaning. I can't wait for the day to meet someone special and start a family of my own, and see the blessings it can have on my family. Through the priesthood power my family can be sealed together forever.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith through example. I don't like to contend with other people, but rather find common ground that we share, and can build on. I feel it is also the best way to build relationships. Most of my faith comes through the power of prayer. I have seen God answer so many prayers, and have been able to build a relationship with him. I continue to strive to come closer to him through Christ. I have had several callings in the church, but my favorite is my call to be a missionary. I wanted to be a missionary since I was 15 years old. Even before I left for Tennessee, I would go out with the missionaries in Idaho and learn and teach with them. I love being a missionary, and helping people find the truth, and the fullness of the gospel. In my short experience as a missionary I have seen many people with broken hearts and broken spirits. I strive to deliver these people the fullness of the gospel, so they can see direction in their lives.