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Hi I'm Calvin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Nuclear Engineer and manage a small group that is responsible for safety and licensing. I am a husband and a father of six children...three boys followed by three girls. Our oldest is now 30 and the youngest just turned 18. So far I am the grandfather of three. I take my parenting very seriously and I am a strong advocate of positive parenting. I love fishing, rock climbing, hiking, rafting and playing volleyball with my kids and their friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with a strong Mormon heritage. However my parents did not attend Sunday church meetings very often. I started attending regularly when I was about 11. When I attended, I went alone until I was about 13. At about that time my brother and sister started to attend with me followed by my mother and eventually my father. As I attended, I felt a yearning to be closer to my heavenly father. I am so grateful to have had church leaders who helped me feel important and to learn how to increase faith in my Savior. I have since learned how to listen to the Holy Ghost bear witness of truth and to receive the strength and courage to follow his direction and in the process overcome the challenges of life. Over the years I have been richly blessed as I have strived to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for His gospel. Living the principles of His gospel makes me a better man, husband, father and friend. It also makes me happy. It is comforting to know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ and that they care about me as an individual and have provided means to live with them again.

How I live my faith

We attend church (worship service) each Sunday as a family. We strive to read scriptures together each day and to prayer together as a family. We struggle with consistency. All these things simply help us live our faith the way we believe God wants us to...they remind us to reach out to others and love as Christ loves. They help us to veer away from being judgmental and just to love those around us for who they are. I actively serve in our community and try to influence others to have high moral standards. I try to live my faith with a kind word, a friendly face, and a helping hand. I have taught teenage young men and women in Sunday school, provided leadership to adult organizations, taught classes on strengthening marriage, and assisted in the relief of others following hurricanes, floods, or personal tragedy.

What is being a Mormon like?

Calvin
In a practical sense, members of a congregation (Ward) view each other as extended family. We strive to help each other when we have the need. One of the most loving examples of receiving this sort of help was when my wife was recovering from a series of back and neck surgeries which left her with minimal mobility for many months at a time. During one especially difficult year, a dear sister in our ward who had nine children of her own volunteered to do our laundry (for all eight of us) and did so for a complete year! Not every member is as dedicated to serving others as this sister is, but being surrounded by this type of loving and caring people inspires me to be more Christ like in all aspects of my life. In a spiritual sense, rich blessings for me and my family have resulted from living the doctrine and commandments within the Mormon faith. These include abstinence from alcohol, stimulants and promiscuous sexual practices considered normal in society. We attend church (worship service) each Sunday as a family. We strive to read scriptures together each day and to prayer together as a family. All these things help us live to love those around us for who they are. I actively serve in our community and try to influence others to have high moral standards and a help others following natural and personal tragedy. Show more Show less