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Hi I'm Calvin McMurray

I grew up in Logandale, Nevada. I am studying mathematics at BYU. I love my family. I'm LDS.

About Me

I grew up in Logandale, Nevada, and currently attend college at BYU in Provo, Utah. As a youth, I loved to read and play video games. Although I've given up the games, I still enjoy a good book - a pass-time and hobby that I picked up from my mother, who loves to read. From my father, I've developed a love for all things computer. In my college studies, I am pursuing a degree in computer science, and love to create programs that can be used to help make life easier. The most important thing in my life right now is my upcoming wedding to a wonderful young woman named Emma. In the months since we've been engaged, I've been amazed by her faithfulness and her love for God and those around her. Among all of the people I know, she is one who greatly reminds me of Christ. I can bear testimony that marriage and family are a part of God's plan for each of his children - whether it comes early or late. God's plan is truly wonderful. Another valuable part of who I am comes from raising livestock in our backyard throughout my youth. When I was twelve or thirteen years old, my parents decided to purchase a handful of sheep and enroll each of us kids in 4-H. We've never looked back. The labor of watching over and caring for those animals has been something that I've come to really appreciate, as it taught me not only responsibility, but also a love for work and for God's creations. 4-H also provided many opportunities for me to get involved in my community and to serve those around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church from my birth, but there are certain things about this church and this work that I have never found a satisfactory substitute for. For me, the knowledge of who I am, where I am going, and where I have come from is extremely important. This understanding stems from the truths I have found in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and in the teachings of living prophets today, like Joseph Smith. I believe that I existed before this life as a spirit child of our Heavenly Father. While there, I - like you - decided valiantly to accept Heavenly Father's plan to come to earth, gain physical bodies similar to the one He possesses, be tested, and eventually return to Him. I am grateful to know that despite the challenges that are present in this life, I can trust my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to help me to overcome my weaknesses and move towards a higher goal. I am grateful for the redeeming power of the atonement in my life, and for a Savior on whom I can lean at any time for strength, support, and forgiveness. I am grateful for the knowledge that I have of what I can expect after this life, and for the ways that this knowledge inspires me to strive to live up to my potential as a son of God. I believe that this life is an opportunity to show our devotion to the Most High through active faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This work is divinely inspired, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my Lord in this life. Discipleship to the Lord has been one of the most genuinely rewarding and blessed experiences of my life. I know that this Church is divinely inspired of a loving God, who wishes to bless his children. I know that we are here to prove to ourselves who we are, and through faithful acts of righteousness, we can enter again into the presence of God after this life and dwell with him for all of Eternity. I am unequivocally grateful for this knowledge. I know my Savior lives, and Invite all others to achieve this same knowledge for themselves.

How I live my faith

As a young man in the Church, I have had a marvellous opprotunity to serve others. I am an Eagle Scout. I participated in 4-H and other activities as a young man. In particular, I was able to enjoy many of the youth activities put on in my local ward and stake. I have been blessed to have gone on many campouts, trips, and service-based activities. In my life I strive to live up to the example of the Savior. I believe that as we act in greater accord with the Savior and his teachings, we can be happier. I believe that one of the greatest joys in life is the opprotunity to serve others. My greatest goal in life is to become someone through whom the Savior can act to aid others. As a human being, I have come to realize that although our goals may be righteous, perfection is very difficult to obtain in this life. As far as I know, only one person has ever managed to do that. As such, in my life I have found that it is important to be able to trust in the redeeming sacrifice of our Savior in order to become clean again of the sins that we commit. I have experienced first hand the redeeming power of the atonement, and I cannot express the miraculous power thereof. I hope to stand as an example of what a person can become through the unparalleled power of the Atonement. I served as a missionary in the Texas, San Antonio Spanish Speaking mission. That missionary service changed my life, and its impact has been one of the central shaping influences in my life. I love the Gospel and the restored message of hope it brings to the world. Because of that message, I've been able to make my life something that has value both to me and to those around me. Most importantly of all, I have learned how to talk with my Father in Heaven, and how to understand when he talks back. Although I am not perfect at understanding my Father, I've learned a great deal about following inspiration, an understanding which has changed who I am.

Who are the Mormons?

Calvin McMurray
"The Mormons" are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their core beliefs center around a loving Heavenly Father and a caring and compassionate Savior. Mormons believe that Salvation comes through Faith in Jesus Christ and reliance upon His merits through repentance and baptism. One of the striking beliefs that sets Mormons apart from other Christian faiths is their belief in continuing scripture. Mormons believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and also believe that the Lord has continued to reveal His Gospel through other books of scripture both ancient and modern. Prominent among these is the Book of Mormon, which is simply another testament of Jesus Christ's divinity and love. Another source of God's word can be found in latter-day prophets. Mormons believe that God continues to call prophets today following the same pattern that he always used in biblical history. Joseph Smith, the first prophet of our modern age, was called by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to restore the Savior's ancient church in modern times following the many centuries of spiritual darkness commonly referred to by historians as "the dark ages." Among the other profound beliefs that shape the lives of latter-day saints is their belief in eternal families. Mormons believe that God's plan of mercy for mankind allows not only for individuals to be saved, but for families to be preserved after death for those who live righteously and follow God's commands. Show more Show less