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Hi I'm Callie

I love to go out in the rain and laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been shy all my life, but after a little bit of college, I'm just now realizing that there are so many amazing people out there I want to know and learn from. I love playing the piano, singing, dancing, and making jewelry. I have loved running since I was little, but enjoy almost any sport. Though I live in sunny San Diego, I love a lot of things about winter: snow, rain, scarves, and a warm fire. I don't exactly know what career I want to work toward yet, but am thinking of being a teacher or maybe teaming up with my sister in photography. Most of all, I love good, wholesome comedy and fun that makes me laugh and brings my family and friends together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that living the Gospel really makes me happy. Though I was born into the Church, I have never had reason to doubt that it is not true. When I was little, I trusted in the faith and examples of my parents enough that I went to church and followed what they did. Growing up, I learned about the Gospel, but wasn't really able to apply its teachings until I was older and started to have challenges in my life. I made mistakes and was unhappy because of them, but I also made good choices and felt the happiness that came from them. I began to see the difference between making choices that were wrong and that brought you and others down, and choices that keep yourself sacred, and help you to love yourself, others, and God more. God's plan for us isn't about condemnation, but is about redemption. We have chances every day to repent, do better, and love more. As imperfect people, we are all in need of God's grace, love, and his willingness to forgive us. I see my own imperfections and find peace in remembering who I am, that I am a daughter of God who has so much potential for good, and that I will always be loved. God loves us so much. We can see his love through His beautiful creations on the earth, through the kind acts of our brothers and sisters, and though the happiness that good and pure things bring into our lives. We have families so that we can practice the Gospel and support each other. Families are wonderful blessings when we work together. We are so blessed that God has given us the scriptures and prophets to lead us and not leave us in the dark. We have everything we need to succeed and make it back to our Heavenly Father after we die. Christ provided the perfect example for us of humility, sacrifice, and pure love through his lifetime of service and His offering of the Atonement. Following the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ helps me to have joy now and hope for my future.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one step at a time, in every day of my life, by trying to be like Jesus Christ. A big part of this is sharing Christ's love with other people through smiles, service, prayers, and simple acts that let people know they matter. I volunteer with other church members for service and humanitarian projects to help our community and even different parts of the world. I go to church each week, attend other church activities throughout the week, and pray every day, all the time. Doing all these things help me to remember that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and that I really can do better each day. For the past several weeks, I have been teaching a class of ten-year-olds each Sunday about the gospel, which I love to do. The opportunities I have had all my life as a Mormon have helped prepare me to serve and teach as a missionary in the Texas Houston Mission this coming year.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Callie
We can grow our faith in Christ by learning more about him, desiring to know Him and praying with real intent. 'Real intent' means that you are sincerely willing to follow and obey Christ's teachings and example when you receive the answer that confirms His truthfulness. When you put your trust in a wrong decision, you will feel confusion and unhappiness, but when you choose to believe in a right choice, you will feel peace of mind and happiness. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Callie
The whole purpose of life is to share our experiences with each other, whether they are good or bad, to support each other, and to learn from each other. As members of the Church, when we were baptized, we entered into a covenant, or promise, to, "...mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort..." (Mosiah 18:9). We are organized into families to practice and help each other do exactly those things in a loving and trusting atmosphere. It is so important for children to have both a father and a mother because men and women have natural characteristics as protecters and nurturers that encourage children to be strong, be happy, and do even more good in their future families. Having lived our lives in strong and loving families on earth makes it an even greater blessing to be able to live with them and our Heavenly Father for eternity. Show more Show less