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Hi I'm Calvin J. Sakamoto

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Los Angeles, California USA and grew up in Huntington Beach, California. I am a husband, father and grandfather. I like fishing, scouting, gardening, attending BYU football and basketball games, having fun with my children and grandchildren, and serving and helping other people.

Why I am a Mormon

As I became a senior in high school, I became friends with a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was new to the area and was friendly to new people he met. As he became friends with other people, he asked them if they would join him in church activities and meet with the missionaries. As his best friend, I sensed this church was important to him. I asked why he had not invited me to see the missionaries. He said, "I thought you were Buddhist." I received the missionary lessons with him, but did not join the church through baptism. I did attend Church services and social activities with my friend for about 9 months. We often talked about gospel principles. I liked the church, but told the missionaries and my friend that I didn't know enough to join. I spent many hours on my knees in prayer asking if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and whether Joseph Smith was a true prophet, but did not get answers. One day, my friend challenged me to kneel with him in prayer. He said a prayer and then I offered a prayer. In my prayer, I felt a warmth in my chest I had never experienced before and knew this was an answer from my Heavenly Father and was baptised a member of His true church.

How I live my faith

I served on the Taylorsville City Planning Commission and held many positions in the Boy Scouts of America, including Webelos Leader, Blazer Leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Assistant District Commissioner and trainer of cubmasters, and helped to train cubmasters on the Great Salt Lake Council Roundtable staff. I achieved my Woodbadge beads and participated in Woodbadge training. I held many volunteer positions in my church serving with both adults and youth. I put my college education on hold to serve as a missionary for my church for two years. I served in the Japan Central Mission. I completed a 19 month mission with my wife in the Japan Sendai Mission on July 24, 2013. My wife and I loved doing service to benefit the survivors of the Great Eastern Japan Disaster.