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Hi I'm Caleb

I work in an optics research laboratory, love to skateboard and listen to ska music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am, for most of the day, a graduate student. I am pursuing a Master's research thesis evolving new methods of laser scanning microscopy. In other words, I work on microscopes in a basement laboratory. Working with lasers and optics in general is very fun and constantly stimulates my desire to learn and understand new concepts. I love to read a good book. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, though I kept that to myself for a very long time. But besides that, my personal favorites so far have been "To The Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf, "Notes from the Underground" by Dostoyevsky, and "Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger. One of my favorite musical bands is Streetlight Manifesto. My day to day life consists of working on optics in the lab or reading journal articles about current and past research done in my field, and then going home and trying to balance my life with social interactions or personal recreation (reading, skateboarding, personal home projects). It is very important to me to have friends and make sure I am connecting with other human beings in a meaningful way, and most of my activities outside of work revolve around that goal.

Why I am a Mormon

The basic crux of why I am a Mormon is because of multiple quiet, soul-searching moments when I was struck deeply, both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, that this was the truth. To be more specific than "this", I mean the things I have read in the Bible and the Book of Mormon about God, Jesus Christ, and The Church of Jesus Christ. I believe with all my heart that Joseph Smith truly did see God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, in a grove in New York. I believe this because I trust those quiet, soul-struck moments when I have meditated and prayed to know my path. I believe that following the teachings of the Mormon church is what God wants me to do with my life, and I am confident that it will lead to a happy and fulfilling life. I am excited to know that this happy and fulfilling life will most likely include a wife and family with whom I can share the joy of everyday living.

How I live my faith

I volunteered myself to serve in any capacity for the church, and I have been asked to be a secretary for the local bishop. I worship in a congregation of students and young singles (18-30) in the areas surrounding my town. Most of my work for the bishop is setting up meetings with various people, both members of the church and not, and keeping track of assignments and ensuring they are accomplished. I have been asked to plan events such as a Halloween party/dance, and a retreat. In addition to this, I try to check in with various members of the congregation that I know and ensure that they are doing all right, spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically. If I can help in any way, I try to. Also, I recently have felt the need to seek out opportunities to help the homeless and other people in need in my community, like helping in soup kitchens and things. Another huge portion of how my faith affects my actions is daily re-devotion to God through prayer and study of His word. I want to have a thorough understanding of the things He wants us to know about His gospel, so I spend at least 20 minutes a day in study and prayer about topics such as faith, repentance, covenants, and personal guidance from God.