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Hi I'm Caleb

I'm Australian. I'm a student, singer-songwriter, and aspiring novelist. My new wife and I hope to live in China. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

My father is a social worker, and my mother, a music teacher, and as the oldest of five brothers, I have enjoyed playing and singing with them from a young age. I've been playing the guitar since the age of 11 and writing my own songs since the age of 14; over ten years now. I completed a couple years of a bachelor's degree in contemporary music, and then served as a volunteer youth leader, working in a fruit and vegetable shop for a couple of years before serving as a mandarin-speaking missionary in Taiwan. After returning from two years there, I moved down to Sydney to resume my University studies in music, also taking subjects in Mandarin and creative writing, and here, through mutual friends at church, met my sweetheart and new wife, Paige. I love music obviously, but also literature, poetry, art, intelligent puzzles and all things humorous. I'm a member of menza. I'm also currently working on my fifth album, my first novel, and a special Chinese side project that so far led to visit Beijing last July and will have me visiting Shanghai in April.

Why I am a Mormon

Because after all said and done, this gospel is all true and it really really is the secret to finding true happiness in this life. Growing up in the church, I lived what may be described by some as a sheltered childhood, based upon principles taught in the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was seventeen though, I moved away from home for university and was able to see and meet a great deal of various people from varied backgrounds living their lives according to their own ways of finding happiness. It did seem in many ways appealing, and so I knew I needed to make a choice. That choice was whether to live life on the whim of any passing desire, or to live a life based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. And so, in my confusion, I turned to God for direction. I said the most sincere, heartfelt prayer I had ever said before, and then that day at church, I was overcome and filled with a strong feeling of excitement that swelled in my chest, and I knew in that moment that it was God giving me an answer. I knew what he wanted me to do. I know that actively being a Mormon reminds me to be a better, kinder, more thoughtful person during the times when I just want to be selfish and lazy. It gives me more purpose in life and more hope when things look bleak. To paraphrase a favourite song from a favourite musical, "Because I know Christ, and because I'm Mormon, I have been changed for good."

How I live my faith

There are several ways in which I'm actively involved in the church in my little corner of Sydney. I teach a Mission Preparation class for young adults planning on serving a mission in the future. This has been really rewarding to me, because I've seen several of the students leave on missions in the last 6-8 months since I've been teaching the class. One of the girls in the class was even called to be a missionary in Taichung, Taiwan, where I served my mission. Other smaller things I do- I teach different Sunday school classes a couple times a month. I often try to make use of my musical talents to help bring people closer to God through music. Also, due to growing number of interested Chinese exchange students we have in the area, I often have the opportunity, because of my experience with Mandarin, to help the local missionaries here in their teaching efforts.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Caleb
They are self-funded. I myself worked for two years and saved up enough money to completely pay my own way. I personally know many missionaries who have done likewise, and most of the others I know of were helped and supported by their families and friends at home after they'd used up all their savings. Show more Show less