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Hi I'm Calvin

I am a business owner. I am a musician. I am a world-traveler. I am married as the luckiest man in the world. I am a Mormon.

About Me

At the age of 19, I served a two-year mission in Brazil for my church. That experience changed my life and gave me a unique love for people, culture and travel. After my mission, I became a flight attendant for United Airlines so that I could experience the world. I traveled to Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Australia as well as 47 of the 50 U.S. States. I loved that experience. On 9/11/2001 I was working a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles when the first World Trade Center Tower were struck by a plane. It was a very tramatic experience for me just as it was for many others. I decided on that day that I wanted to do something bigger with my life. As a result, I packed up my small apartment in the city of Chicago and moved to Las Vegas to go to school. I enrolled into the Business School at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). At that time, I became acquainted with my future wife Karissa. She was a strikingly beautiful and ambitious woman with an amazing drive and energy. She was younger than me, but had already started her master's degree program. Our friendship grew for almost 10 years before we realized that we were perfect for each other. Karissa and I were married in the San Diego LDS (Mormon) Temple in 2006. We have more fun together than anyone I know! My career has been primarily in Banking where I have worked as an Area Manager for Bank of America. Most recently, I have started my own insurance firm. I have a wonderful life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that he died and lived again for me. I have felt the Holy Spirit touch my heart as I have learned of His teachings and followed His example. My parents are both Mormon and raised me in the church, but that is not the reason I still practice my faith today. My faith has been like a seed. My parents, friends and family planted that seed in my heart. I am thankful to them for that. But planting a seed does not guarantee a harvest. I have cultivated the seed they planted by trying to remain close to my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. I pray to my Heavenly Father daily in the name of Jesus Christ. I read from the scriptures (The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon) everyday and ask for the Holy Spirit to always be with me. By keeping Christ at the center of my life, I know that He has blessed me and guided me in my religious and secular pursuits. I am blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and only through him can we attain true happiness. I have tasted of that happiness in my life. I am far from perfect and ask forgiveness from the Lord everyday. But He has heard my prayers and blessed me even when I have not deserved His blessings. To anyone who reads my profile, I hope that you will feel the tender calm in your heart that confirms that you are truly loved by a Heavenly Father. I believe that He is our Father and not some distant entity that cannot be understood. He is our Father - more loving and forgiving than we can imagine. If we will just turn off the noise from our busy lives and focus on Him and His son for a moment, he will touch our hearts and let us know that we are not alone. Once you have felt that love, you cannot go back. You must try to be more like Him and even when you fail, you will be happier than you ever have been before. I know that is true and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is so much more than going to church for a few hours on Sundays. As part of my faith, I am actively involved in the administration of the church. Because the LDS (Mormon) church has no paid clergy all of the members have responsibilities. My responsibilities change often and require my time and talents. I find joy and fulfillment in the service that I provide to my Church and my brothers and sisters in the church. I have provided service to the church in many capacities over my lifetime. One of the principle ways that I have served in the church is with my musical talents. Most often, I have played the organ and piano for church services and for singers and choirs. In addition to that, I have taught Sunday School classes for children and youth, I have given sermons and addressed congregations, I have had administrative duties in handling finances and donations, I have been an assistant to Bishops in organizing their calendars and schedules and many more things. Currently, I am part of a counsel that assists the 10 congregations in the Apple Valley, CA area. I attend the Big Bear Lake congregation (Ward as we call them) most Sundays and provide support to the Bishop and other leaders of that ward. Another way that I live my faith is by adhering to moral standards that I believe will help my mind, body and spirit be closer to my Heavenly Father. That includes abstaining from alcohol, tobacco and coffee. I try to keep my language and thoughts clean from obscenities and vulgar subjects. I avoid movies, TV shows and internet sites that promote immoral or violent behavior. In addition, I attempt to live the Golden Rule and treat others kindly and with respect. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a Mormon, but that has nothing to do with how or why I live to these moral standards. I know that when I keep my mind, heart and body clean that God's Holy Spirit can be with me. When I say it that way it sounds selfish, but I know it is true!