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Hi I'm Caleb

I love music. I'm from Wyoming, but I'm not a cowboy. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a rural town in Wyoming. I love to watch sports such as American football, but I prefer to do quieter stuff like golf myself. My real talent is music. I'm primarily a violinist, but I also have talents in other areas such as piano, singing, and teaching music. I love cars and love to share my knowledge about them with others, even if I seem like a nerd for doing it. In that same vein, I also like to drive and love traveling in general. I served a full-time proselyting mission for the LDS church from December 2009 to December 2011 in northern California. I'm currently attending a midwestern university studying music education. I love my family. Being a member of the family I'm from is a source of great pride for me and I feel honored to carry the name that I do. I also love my friends and I try to make friends with the people around me. I speak English, of course, pero tambien hablo español.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm primarily a Mormon because I was born one, but it really does go much further than that. Being raised in the Church, I'd always believed that the Church was true, that Joseph Smith was really a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon was true. Those things were simply a way of life in my home. It was an expectation that the sons would serve missions, that Monday nights would be dedicated to the family, that we would pray together daily, and a whole list of other things. Those things were just part of our family's culture. But the time came for me, as it does for everyone, to really know if all this was for real. I needed to feel an assurance that everything I'd grown up with was for real. I felt a conflict in my mind pulling me from one side to another. Finally, I prayed. I asked Heavenly Father to help me be calm and to know what was right. The doubts and conflict left my mind and I felt a response that seemed to say "You've always known it was true." I know that my Heavenly Father was watching out for me throughout my life and was preparing me to have a strong testimony of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I love being a member of the Church and I'm always grateful for opportunities to serve and help others. Sometimes it requires a little bit of sacrifice and getting out of my comfort zone, but I've found that by doing this I'm strengthened, and I'm able to help others more effectively and sincerely. In the past, I've been assigned to go with another of the male congregation members to visit families of our congregation on a regular basis, help the missionary efforts in my congregation, and helped to lead a group of men in the Church. Currently I serve as a leader in the Sunday School program helping to improve and enhance the teaching of the gospel to members of our Sunday classes.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Caleb
To me, everything on Earth tells us that there is a God. Things work entirely too perfectly to have not been created by design. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Caleb
When I go to church, I believe in dressing the best I can while still being reverent and respectful. My personal preference is a white shirt with a tie and suit. I really like black suits, but dark blue, and even gray is pretty cool too. I believe in a God who is happy and perhaps even jubilant at times, so holiday celebrations are an excellent way for me to feel the love of my Heavenly Father, especially when I'm among family. The holiday where I probably feel the most joy and family unity is at Christmas. For me, the Christmas holiday and family time go hand in hand and are very important. As Christians, we also celebrate Easter. As Americans, we observe Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. Time spent with family on these holidays are among some of my greatest memories. Show more Show less