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Hi I'm Caleb

Young, smart, likes adventure, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Reading and writing. Drawing, a little. Introvert, but improving on people skills. Sports like soccer and basketball. Hiking and backpacking. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking. Asian food. Slight Southern accent when I'm talking with other people with a Southern accent. The oldest of four children. I want to be like my Dad when I grow up.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18, I was at a critical point in my life. I had some tough decisions to make. I was also fighting feelings of worthlessness and hurt. I already thought that God was real, so one night I started to pray for help. I prayed for a while, and then I went and got a copy of the Book of Mormon. As I read, I felt my stress fade away. It was replaced by feelings of calmness and belonging. The Holy Spirit comforted me while I was reading the Book of Mormon. By these positive feelings and ideas I know it is of God. For a long time I thought of that experience as the single reason I am a Mormon. But the reason had actually been growing for years prior. That was not my first time reading from the Book of Mormon. As I grew up I had read from it in family scripture study and on my own. I had gradually grown to trust the Book of Mormon as more of God's holy scripture, together with the Bible. That is why I read from it on that pivotal night. So, that experience was just the end of a process that had taken all my life untill then. It also was the start of the life that I'm living now, doing my best to live like Christ taught we should. Because the Book of Mormon is true, I know this is the right church.

How I live my faith

The short answer is I go to church on Sunday, read my scriptures, and say my prayers morning and night. But my experiences are more rich than that. By studying the scriptures, I hope to learn more about the gospel and get a better grasp on what I already know. Praying to my Father in Heaven is how I ask for his help as I pursue my dreams. Going to the chapel on Sunday is how I invite the Spirit to teach me answers to questions I've had during the week. It also lifts me emotionally to help me through the next week. Besides those things, everything we do can be an expression of our faith. For example, I try to take good care of my body, by exercise and healty eating, because it is a gift from God. I try to treat others the way I would want to be treated by them, because that's what Christ taught we should so. There are countless little things you and I do every day that show what we belive in.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Caleb
No, we don't have to go, but I'm glad I did! I look at it as paying it forward. Missionaries taught about Jesus to an ancestor of mine, who had children, who had children, and so on, until my Mom was born. Missionaries also taught my Dad, before Mom and Dad met. Having the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as the glue to my family has blessed all of us, so to show my thanks to God, I'll do the same thing those missionaries did and help people learn more about Jesus! Show more Show less