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Hi I'm Chuck Carr

I'm, a Mormon and have been such all of my fun and eventful life--all 79 years of it.

About Me

I am a retired lawyer or barrister. Before becoming a lawyer, I was a laser scientist for a few years, but found that I enjoyed working with people more than things. My hobbies have included tennis, skiing and white water rafting. I still enjoy a game of doubles tennis and still hope to get on the snow slopes again from time to time. My wife and I are the parents of nine great children, 34 grandchildren (soon to be 35) and 2 great-grandchildren. As a young man I served a full-time mission for the Church in New Zealand--the land of my father's birth. It was a wonderful experience where I enjoyed sharing the Gospel message to others and seeing the joy and change that it brought into their lives. Following my missionary service and a brief time in the military service, I completed schooling in electrical engineering at Brigham Young University and then went on to receive a Ph.D. at the University of Utah. After several years working with lasers, I returned to school and obtained a J.D. law degree. My life has been very full--helping my wife raise nine exceptional children, practicing my legal profession as a trial lawyer, serving in many different unpaid teaching and leadership positions in our Church, and serving in various civic organizations such as Rotary International and the Boy Scouts of America. Since retiring, my wife and I have served as missionaries for the Church in New York and New Zealand.

Why I am a Mormon

While I believe that the LDS Church is a wonderful social and humanitarian organization, blessing the lives of both its members and other people in the communities where the Church is found, that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have a testimony that this is the Lord's church, restored to the earth through revelation from God to Joseph Smith, with all the Priesthood authority that existed anciently in Christ's church. This "testimony" is based on both rational examination and spiritual confirmation. In part, it is based on The Book of Mormon, a volume of ancient scripture which is a second witness of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith received and translated it by the power of God. That book promises that if you read and pray with a sincere heart, desiring to know if it is true, God will reveal its truthfulness to you. I have put this promise to the test and received (and continue to receive) spiritual confirmation that it is true. I have also examined the book and "external" evidences of the book's ancient origins and concluded rationally that Joseph Smith, a young man with little formal schooling, could not have created the book without the divine help he says he received. It follows that if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith is a true prophet and the Lord's instrument in restoring to the earth the church Jesus Christ established two millennia ago. Over the years, I have seen the lives of many people changed as they have gained their own testimonies of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith and accepted baptism into the Church. It is my testimony that the authority of God, or His Priesthood, has been restored to the earth and that this authority includes the power to "seal" or bind families together so that they can be together as families in the next life or phase of our eternal existence. The knowledge that thus sealed, our family can be together forever if we live the teachings and principles of Jesus Christ, fills me with great joy.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different church positions, including being the lay leader (Bishop) of a church congregation of several hundred members (a "ward"). I have particularly enjoyed being a teacher and leader of youth. Our church sponsors Boy Scout troops and I have served many years as a Scout leader both in the local troop, in the Scouting District and the Scout Council where I served as Council Vice-President. I was delighted to receive the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of American in recognition for my many years of service to boys and young men. After retiring as a practicing lawyer, my wife and I had the opportunity to spend several months in England and Scotland, researching the history of my ancestors--I have developed a real love for genealogy or family history. We have also had the opportunity of serving together as "senior couple" full-time missionaries for the Church--20 months in New York and two years in New Zealand. At this writing, we are about to return to New Zealand again for another 18 month mission where we hope to be able to teach others more about family history and about the Church's beliefs in the importance of families and the eternal nature of family relationships.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Chuck Carr
We have a large family--nine children--and have been blessed so that I have been able to work to provide the necessities of life for our family and my wife has been able to stay at home and spend her time caring for and nurturing our children. While this may not be possible for all families, it has been so for us. However, we have tried to share the responsibilities of loving, teaching and guiding our children and I have also tried to help my wife with the household chores. There have been junctures in our lives when sacrifices have had to be made that we believed would be in the long-term best interests of the family and the decision to make these sacrifices has been a joint decision. As a result of our working together in raising our children, we have seen each of our children establish their own happy homes and families, following the example they saw as they grew up (and the examples that my wife and I each saw in our own homes as we grew up). Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Chuck Carr
Hard times can come to anyone, often unexpectedly. The Church counsels us to prepare for such possible events in our lives by provident living, including emergency food storage. Knowing that the Welfare Plan is there as a "safety net" in the event that we need additional help with the necessities of life, is a great comfort to all of our family. Show more Show less