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Hi I'm Cavin

I was raised in the church and have served a full time Spanish language mission in the Denver South Mission. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Some of my hobbies include working out. I love the pump I feel after lifting weights - sometimes with a gym partner, often without him. A healthy diet contributes to an overall feeling of wellness also. Another fav is reading fantasy and science fiction, including the classics. I took piano lessons when I was young, and am re-learning to play - starting with hymns and working up to pop music! (Baby steps!) Music collecting and appreciation is another favorite of mine. With the current technologies available on the web, I am finding that my CD collection is .. unnecessary as it's just getting older and taking up space. Currently, I attend college and am on track to graduate with my degree in nursing. I felt inspired to do this at this time in my life as I have always done very well in various sales positions, but due to constant burnout and being laid off from my last job (during the credit crunch of late 2008), this career move seemed a natural fit for me in my progression. I am single, but am searching for my perfect partner. Dating isn't easy while I am going to college full time, either! My family is close by and very supportive. My parents and my sister and her family are all very active in the church, but my other siblings have chosen different paths - for now. I love my sisters and would do anything for them!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into and raised in the church - my father was also. My mother was a convert, but is one of the strongest people I know. Having had this background, it was difficult to comprehend what life would be like without the influence of the gospel available to me. I dutifully attended all of my meetings when I was a teen, including early morning seminary. Later, at 19, I voluntarily served a full-time mission that lasted for 2 years. It was on my mission, in Denver, Colorado that I feel I was able to really connect with my Heavenly Father - to really have a genuine relationship with my maker. On a daily basis, I relied on his support and his sustenance as my companion and I were able to work with and teach the Latino peoples the very same Gospel that I had known, and taken for granted my whole life! We were teaching truth - and we were teaching it in every dark corner that needed light! I felt that peoples' lives changed for the better when they at least honestly asked questions about GOD and the scriptures. Most did not know that our Heavenly Father cared enough about us, his children, to provide us with a plan to return back to him. The more I taught, the more I felt the truth of what I was teaching burning within me - my judgements diminished and it became easier to just teach. My testimony became clear as I found purpose in developing myself to be more like him. I know that this is the true Church, and although temptations abound and I still stumble often - my perspective is one that is eternal - and this keeps me on the path!

How I live my faith

I have held many callings within the Church including serving as a 'Gospel Doctrine' teacher, then later a calling as an activity committee chairman when I was attending the singles' ward - these were fun for me. I felt I learned much by and sharing truth with others. I don't teach directly now, but as a Ward Missionary, I can support my full-time Elders by assisting with the 'Gospel Essentials' class. This is the class that is held for new church members as well as those that are simply investigating. It is held every Sunday at any LDS Church building and lasts about 35 - 45 minutes. It is arranged to teach our basic beliefs and to field questions. It is wonderful to teach from the scriptures, to learn how to pray and to feel such an incredible spirit. Daily, I interact with my friends, family, students at the college where I attend and my classmates. A few of them are LDS also. We definitely do share a unique culture however, I do not feel 'cut off' from the reality surrounding my non-member friends and family. The challenges we all face are very real. How we deal with these challenges does define us and our personalities. Our perception can play a key role in how we develop also.