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Hi I'm Caleb

I was born and raised in Utah. I'm a new dad and still trying to figure out a solid career path. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a new dad (almost 11 months old) and trying to find work. I graduated with a bachelor's in psychology with the intention of becoming a marriage and family counselor. Right now I feel like God is calling me in another direction, however. I'm not sure exactly where but I know that as I trust in Him, in His time, he will reveal it to me. Right now I'm mostly just finding work wherever I can trying to get by. It's not the high life but as long as I've got my family with me I couldn't be happier!

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born in the church and attended my entire life, I still in many ways consider myself a convert to the church. When I graduated high school I decided to go to college and move out of my parent's house. When I got there I began to doubt many of the things I'd learned in the church. I started to feel what I thought was God's love leaving me. I know now that it was really Satan's influence on me trying to get me to do what I was about to do. I was determined at that point to find out the truth with a "clean slate." I wanted to remove my records from the church (kind of like a self-imposed excommunication) so as to not have that "taint" my view. I then sat down with my bishop the following sunday and told him of my intention. As I told him my story he looked as though I was stabbing him slowly right through the heart. He looked me in the eyes and said "Caleb, that would be the biggest mistake of your life." I don't know why but I broke down in tears as soon as he said that to me. He then immediately cancelled all his meetings for the day (and he had quite a few) to talk solely to me. We talked for over 3 hours. He said to me that ultimately this would be my choice and he would respect that but that before I made a final decision he wanted me to read the Book of Mormon before the end of the year (this was in late October). Reluctantly, I agreed to his challenge. I am not a very fast reader but over the next 2 months I read several chapters daily in order to keep up with this schedule. At first it was burdensome but as I read it I felt that love of Christ coming back into my soul and well before I finished it I knew that I had to serve a mission. On my mission and throughout my entire life I have had more and more experiences that have only served to further the testimony that was started in those few months. I know now that the church is true and the only way to true happiness and I'm so grateful that this bishop didn't just let me go.

How I live my faith

The only assignment I have right now in the church is trying to find people who we have bad contact information for (usually because they've stopped coming to church and then moved). My job is to find up-to-date contact information for these people and see if they would like to come back to church and get them in touch with their local leaders. I have also served as a full-time missionary in Uruguay (between Argentina and Brazil on the eastern coast), youth assistant, ward choir assistant director, ward missionary leader, and an elder's quorum counselor.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Caleb
Because it's true. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Caleb
Paul was chosen to be an apostle after the death of Jesus Christ was he not? Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Caleb
The simple answer is that it's a witness from the Holy Ghost of the truth of a particular principle of the gospel. If you think of the word "testify" you probably think of in a court where they put you under oath and you tell the truth as best as you know how. This is the same with us but think of us as the lawyers and the Holy Ghost as the witness. He is under oath to tell us the truth and he will as we ask him. As he continues to testify in our lives it forms what we call a "testimony." This testimony is different for everyone and grows as we live the principles of the gospel and receive more light and truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. A testimony generally will contain 5 main principles. 1 That God lives and is the Father of us all. 2 That Jesus Christ is His son and came to earth to suffer and die for our sins. 3 That the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. 4 That Joseph Smith was and is a prophet. and 5 That we have a living prophet today who leads and guides us in the way that God wants us to go. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Caleb
The priesthood is meant to be held in each family unit (husband and wife). As a partnership the wife is as much a participant in that priesthood (or is meant to be) as is the husband. Though the priesthood is conferred on the man the wife still has full access to the blessings and power of that priesthood that her husband holds. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Caleb
Pray about it and live it. That's how I receive every answer. The scriptures say many times, "ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you." That is what we must do to know the truth of anything. Sometimes God will tell us in a personal revelation that will strike us to the heart. Other times it is through the slow process of living and experiencing the blessings of the gospel in our own lives that confirms its truth to us. If you want to know about the church then start reading the Book of Mormon, pray and ask God to know if it's true and then put some of the principles into practice in your own life. I promise you that if you do you will see Heavenly Father open your mind and heart and in his own time give you your own unequivocal knowledge of the truth of the church. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Caleb
Mostly, they are funded either by their parents, generous ward members, or some have saved for years to be able to fund their entire missions by themselves! Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Caleb
I am often awestricken at how God works in my life. I know he exists because of the individual care he has put into my life. I've had trials where I felt like God wasn't there and that he didn't care about me. But as I worked through those challenges and came out successful, he manifested to me the different ways that he WAS there and why I had to go through what I went through. Something else that strikes me is the many instances when someone showed up to do or say just the right thing at just the right moment. I often think about the Big Bang Theory and how it claims that all this was an act of mere chance. I just can't believe that. It was just chance that my friend showed up to his grandmother's house minutes after she had fallen and broken her hip just because he got a feeling to go see her? It was just chance that someone said something to me that was just what I needed to hear on a particular day? It was just chance that at the last second I chose to go to a conference that I didn't want to go to and I met my future wife there? If you work on the law of chance then it just happens too often to not have someone guiding it all. In dice games they'd think you had a loaded die. God is in everything we do. He's all around us. He knows us more intimately than we know ourselves and he loves us. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Caleb
Life as a Mormon is about as normal as anyone else. We have challenges, we have strengths, we laugh, we cry, we fight, we make up, we struggle and triumph. There's nothing magical about being a Mormon except that there is an accompanying peace about this life and a sense of purpose of what we are working toward. Life is a stepping stone that allows us to hone and develop key qualities and characteristics that will help us in our life beyond the grave. We are not simply working toward these earthly joys and pleasures. We are becoming something that we will be able to carry on into the next life. And we are helped to reach all this by the grace of Christ and the companionship of the Holy Spirit which gift we receive at baptism and develop throughout our lives. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Caleb
The church believes very firmly in personal agency. Here in life all of us are faced with challenges of varying degrees. Homosexuals are no different. I have many friends who are attracted to their same gender and most of them will attest that that attraction was no choice of theirs and I believe them. What is their choice is what they do with that attraction. In life many of us have different attractions. Some to pornography, some to drugs, some to video games, some to gossip but it doesn't mean we should always act on them. The challenge of this life is to prove that we can have these challenges with our mortal bodies and still choose Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father over them. The fact is there is a standard set for the family and our own flawed earthly research is beginning to confirm why that is. Societies do best with strong families and strong families are most likely with a mother and a father who love each other and raise children with both parents in the home. That doesn't mean that every family with a mom and a dad works out perfectly but success is more common in that situation than in any other. The truth is that only God knows the challenges we face and as long as we are striving with ALL our might to live according to his law he will make up the rest. We don't need to be perfect, we just need to put in our BEST effort. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Caleb
Jesus Christ offers to me and my wife a rock to build upon in order to weather the storms of life. Through faith in him when life's challenges start to look insurmountable we look to him and ask him to help us through it. Sometimes he will reach down with his mighty arms and lift the burdens off of our backs. Other times he will give us encouragement as we struggle through them. But in order to hear that voice of encouragement you have to have faith in him. Sometimes even just a desire to believe will tide you through. But you develop that relationship through learning about him, through the scriptures, through talking with him, and through living as he lived. Only faith in Jesus Christ will give us the strength to overcome all the challenges that life can throw at us. I know he has done this for me and that he will do it for you too. Show more Show less