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Hi I'm Caleb

I'm a brother and a son. I'm an overachiever. I have great parents. I'm an Eagle Scout. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest child (of two, great parents) out of six. My family is known for going the extra mile and for starting and finishing large projects, most of them come from my Mom's ideas. I'm an active Boy Scout, I earned my Eagle Scout back in 2010. I turned in my Eagle paperwork when I was 13, and officially got it when I was 14. Some of my favorite hobbies are Ham radio, basic electronics design and engineering, computer/network support for friends family - and recommendations that come from them, Android App development, reading, mountain biking, and service projects I get to participate with though church. I've started a "business" from my computer/network support hobby, I've been running that since I was 12. I've also gone further than just a hobby with the app development; I currently develop some Home and Visiting Teaching apps. I do my best to participate and help in the ways I can in my local Ward and Stake. So far this includes Tech Support with my Dad (mostly for the Family History Center), organizing and helping with Service Projects, participating in Scouts (even after getting my Eagle Scout Award), and helping with various emergency preparedness things we do. As of writing this, I'm a Junior in High School, and I'm going to college thanks to Washington's (the state, not capital) Running Start program. Before my Junior year, I was Home-Schooled since 2nd grade.

Why I am a Mormon

I started being a Mormon because I was born into this church. Due to the awesomeness of my friends and family (mostly my parents, again), I've been learning more about our religion and slowly gaining a testimony of various gospel principles. I love to share this gospel, especially since it's my main source of happiness. Since it's a great source for that, why leave it?

How I live my faith

As of the time that I'm writing this, I'm serving in two callings. The first one is what's called the Priest Quorum First Assistant. With this calling, when our Bishop isn't available to do so, I'm in charge of getting our quorum of Young Men - ages 16 to 18 - and their activities together, making sure each of our members have what they need, and making sure the sacrament is blessed each Sunday. I'm also a member of our ward's Emergency Preparedness Committee, specifically with Emergency Communications. As a committee, we're responsible for educating ward members on how to be prepared for various emergencies, creating and implementing plans for emergency response, and when an emergency does happen, we are to help not only our ward's overall response, but the rest of our community, and make sure everyone has what's needed. I love serving in these callings! Besides callings, and Now that I'm in college, I'm trying to be somewhat of a missionary, sharing this gospel mostly by being an example, because I'm a Mormon! (and proud of it!)

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Caleb
No, serving a mission is not a requirement in our religion. But it is definitely encouraged. Everyone I know of has always come home from a mission and said they would definitely do it again because it is the greatest (or one of the greatest) experiences of their life. Look at it this way: a mission is not required for one's Eternal Salvation, but by serving a mission, one will give others the opportunity to partake of those things that are required for Eternal Salvation. It's also like 'paying' tithing on the time we have on this earth (at least up to the point when most serve missions). Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Caleb
Definitely not. I'm part of an Emergency Response team through my local unit of the church, and in all of our preparations, we do our best to be ready to help anyone who needs it when a disaster hits, we also work directly with local government response personnel, too. Part of our preparations include helping and encouraging others to prepare -- Mormons and non-Mormons alike. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Caleb
Absolutely! We have what are called the "Articles of Faith" (see http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/articles-of-faith), and the 8th one says "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." To be a little more specific, we know through modern-day revelation that the King James version is the most correct or accurate. Reading it is part of my family's regular scripture study. Show more Show less