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Hi I'm Caleb

I'm a husband, father, and chemical engineering PhD student. There's no place I'd rather be than the great outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I just welcomed a daughter into our home at the end of 2011. We are so excited and love our new girl. I recently started a PhD program in Chemical Engineering and between research, classes, and our newborn I couldn't be busier. I enjoy learning and love the power knowledge gives me to create and discover solutions to the world's problems. I have had the opportunity to travel to developing countries to implement low-cost engineering solutions for heating and sanitation. These experiences have been the highlight of my career. When I'm not busy with school and work, I enjoy all things outdoors: fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, you name it! It's a good thing, too, as I was recently asked to help lead the Boy Scout troop for our congregation. I also enjoy spending time with relatives and the interesting dynamics that arise when several large families share close quarters in one house. Family vacations and family reunions are some of my most cherished memories.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has bought me more happiness and peace than any other activity, opportunity, or organization of which I am a part. I was born to parents who were members of the Church, though I can still remember the excitement that came from developing a testimony of my own. As a young teenager I began reading the Bible, Book of Mormon, and teachings of other leaders of the Church. As I read and learned, there were times when I literally could not put the books down. Every passage seemed to contain so much truth. The more I studied, prayed, and acted upon that which I learned, the more I was convinced of the truths I had been taught by my parents. As a researcher, I conduct well designed experiments to determine the validity of my hypotheses. For the seeker of spiritual truth, there is another experiment which may be conducted. The experiment is best described by the Book of Mormon prophet Alma. Alma taught the people concerning Jesus Christ, but more importantly he taught them how they could know his words were true: “But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words...even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you…Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold if it be a true seed…ye will begin to say within yourselves…it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me” (Alma 32:26-28). As I have experimented on the word of God, that is, as I have studied it and lived it, I have come to know it is true because of the joy and enlightenment it has brought me. Critics often say they have tried the experiment and felt nothing. Just as a scientific experiment must be carefully constructed and diligently executed (often several times) to get the desired result, so it is with the discovery of spiritual truth. I have harvested the joy of this experiment. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

When I was nineteen I chose to serve a mission in Brazil. For two years I taught the truths I had learned and was able to see the gospel change the lives of literally thousands who also read the scriptures and prayed to know of their truth. This experience will always be a highlight in my life. So much joy is found in helping others experience the joys and successes we have felt and enjoyed. It has been several years since I was a missionary, but I have many opportunities to serve in the Church and community. On Sundays, I help out occasionally in the nursery, where parents leave their young children so they can attend meetings or teach other classes. While it can be hectic, the children are very fun to watch. So much can be learned just by watching them interact. On Wednesday nights, I help with the 11-year-old Boy Scouts. I enjoy helping them learn valuable skills, develop leadership qualities, and forge lasting friendships. Camping trips and hikes are favorite activities of mine as they challenge the boys to work together to overcome fears, weaknesses, and perceived inabilities. They are the perfect age—eager to learn and excited by so many things. My wife and I also enjoy community service events such as blood drives and 5K charity runs. (My wife religiously has us donate blood every 56 days if she can.) Emergency preparedness and family finance are side hobbies of mine and I enjoy sharing my knowledge on these subjects whenever possible. One thing that I love about our community is the collaborative spirit that has been cultivated among the many different denominations. While our doctrinal views may be different, we come together for several community service events throughout the year. The Apostle Paul taught that pure religion is "to visit the fatherless and windows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted before the world." This is how I strive to live my faith, looking for small ways to bless others' lives.