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Hi I'm Cal

I'm an aerospace engineer that helps build and launch the Atlas rocket. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The greatest blessing in my life is my family.  My wife and I have shared life's adventures for thirty wonderful years.  We have been blessed with six children that have brought us immeasurable joy.  We live in Colorado along the front range of the Rocky Mountains.  Much of our family time is spent camping, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountain climbing.  Life in Colorado is a continuous "confidence course."

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a convert to the Church.  At age 18 and as a senior in high school, I discovered that all my friends were Mormons.  In the early 70's in eastern Montana there weren't a lot of Mormons in our high school, yet I managed to become close friends with all of them without knowing their religious affiliation.  Early in my life I was being guided by the Spirit toward the gospel of Jesus Christ.  My friends were great examples of Christ-like living and good missionaries.  They convinced me to learn more about the Mormon faith and why they loved it so much.  The truth resonated with me as I was taught the gospel by the full-time missionaries, and I was baptized.  I will be forever grateful for those missionaries and the persistence of my friends.  Today, I serve as a bishop in one of the wards of our church. My life is defined by the life and teachings of my elder brother Jesus Christ. Through Him and his gospel I have hope in this life and in the life to come.  In these times of financial and political uncertainty, He is the rock upon which my family is built.

How I live my faith

In addition to working full-time as an aerospace engineer, I am also the bishop to a congregation of over 500 members.  For those who may not be aware, the clergy in the LDS church is unpaid.  The time I devote to the church as bishop I give freely and willingly.  The reason I, or anyone, would be willing to do this is because of the many blessings that continually flow to me and my family as a result of service in God's kingdom.  It is a pleasure to follow the example of Jesus Christ through service.  It is through service that I am challenged, and it is through service that I grow. This summer my wife and I participated in two large youth activities.  My wife was in charge of organizing and leading over thirty teenage girls into the mountains of Colorado on a four day backpacking trip.  A couple weeks later we participated in a trip that took over 230 of our teenage boys and girls on a four day trip along a portion of the pioneer trail in Wyoming.  We all dressed in period attire and pulled and pushed a pioneer handcart over 35 miles of the western high plains.  Everyone of the youth involved in these activities learned they could dig deep and do hard things. The activities of the Church and the gospel of Jesus Christ prepare us for the challenges of life.