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Hi I'm Calyn

I'm a non-profit volunteer extraordinaire. I'm a world traveler. I'm a creator of community resources. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife to a soldier, which is fabulous, when I get to see him. In the 12 years of our marriage, my husband has been away from the family for more than 8 years in the service of our country. It is a sacrifice of immense proportion, but one that I would never turn away from because I believe that what he does is invaluable not only to our nation, but also to our world. I've been all over the world and would consider myself very transient. I'm coming up on my 39th move since 1997. That's a lot. Especially since I do most of the packing and unpacking without the aid of my husband, all while mothering 3 amazing special needs children. Everywhere I am, I go straight to work in the community. I love to volunteer my time with organizations that create resources where none exist. I've worked with a lot of non-profit organizations in the last 20 years. I've helped to open a gift shop whose proceeds provided funds for things like scholarships to orphans and beds to nursing homes. I've ran an overseas organization that gathered books and set up libraries in many communities. This year, I decided to take a break from other organizations and focus on the education of my oldest son, who is autistic. It became obvious very quickly that his needs could not be met in the public schools system and since there were no other educational resources for children with autism in our community, I felt inspired to create a school for special needs children locally. It is a labor of love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because, first I am a Christian. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. My relationship with Christ is the most important relationship that I have. It is one that I have sought after and nurtured my entire life. I grew up southern Baptist. I dated a Pentecostal boy through high school. I was nanny to a Methodist family, a Jewish and a Buddhist/Christian family. I was exposed to many different religions and attended many churches as I sought to increase my relationship with Christ. But still, there was an emptiness in my heart. Something was always missing. I remember once, when I was 16 years old, I was involved in a very bad experience. I prayed like I had never prayed before and I promised the Lord that if He would spare my life, then I would find His church and I would serve Him for the rest of my life. Well, I was spared, but I forgot about that promise until a few years later. The missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came by. They gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. I read it. That closeness to the Savior that I had spent years seeking after was finally found. Then one day, a still small voice reminded me of the promise that I had made the Lord those few years earlier and the thought came so clearly that this is His church. I could not deny the responsibility that I felt to fulfill my promise to the Lord. So I was baptized. And I have spent my life since then, in His service. I was even lucky enough to become a missionary myself. I finally have all that I need to be as close to Christ as I possibly can, and it all started right at the end of my finger tips, as close as the nearest copy of the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I wake up everyday giving thanks and gratitude for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For every trial which I must endure, and every heavy burden which I must carry, I ask of the Lord, only that He will give me eyes to see the blessing that will come tomorrow from the burdens that I must carry today and I ask for the strength to carry them. It seems that my life has been blessed with more hardship than the average person, at least that is what I am told by others. My friends claim that I must be married to Murphy (in reference to Murphy's law, what can go wrong, will.), I tell my friends that it doesn't matter if you're married to Murphy when angels surround you. I would not know anything different, and I would also not trade my circumstances for anyone else's. When my burdens become to heavy to carry, I find respite in putting them down and carrying someone else's for a while. I love to serve those who are willing to receive service. And I love when people are willing to serve me. I have had many callings in the church over the years. I have worked in the nursery, the primary, the Sunday School, and the Relief Society as a teacher. I have held leadership positions in the Young Women's and Relief Society organizations. I have served as a missionary. My favorite calling has been that of a Visiting Teacher. I currently visit an elderly lady who lives in an assisted living center. She is so wonderful. Another assignment that I loved more than anything was working with the Deaf. I had the fortunate privilege of translating for the deaf Saints in church services and at the temple for nearly a year. It was wonderful.