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Hi I'm Callie

I grew up in Huntington Beach, California. I want to be an advocate for the disabled. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Callie! I am the oldest of six children, the oldest of 48 grand children, and I am 19 years old. I love cooking, eating, surfing, reading, writing, art, cinema, playing the piano and guitar, singing, meeting new people, being outside--anything really. I love all types of music, but I especially love the old stuff--the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Ray Charles, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, Queen, Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Belle and Sebastian, the Proclaimers, the Temptations--you name it, I'm listening to it. I love everyone, but I have a special place in my heart for people with disabilities. I have a five year old brother with Down syndrome, and he is the absolute light of my life. He is the reason my life has taken the course that it has, he has made me a kinder, more empathetic person, and has taught me how to love unconditionally and liberally. I'm a currently a college student, studying to become a Special Education teacher. I want to end up teaching high school Special Education, but my absolute dream would to be to work in the political arena, advocating for individuals with disabilities. I want to solve social problems, and erase the stigma that people living with disabilities aren't capable, and don't live full lives. I want to make a difference in the lives of people who often times, don't have somebody fighting for them in their corner.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because being mormon has done only good for my life. It has brought me to realizations and understandings that have helped me through the best and the worst of times, and I know that it will continue to do that for me the rest of my life, because it is a gospel not of man, but of God. I'm mormon because it brings love into my life. Feeling how much my Savior and Heavenly Father love me has given me the ability to feel that love for others. Understanding that love motivates me to serve others, to share the gospel with them, and to help them feel that overwhelming love also. Knowing that my family can be together for eternity has motivated me to build strong relationships with them, that are filled with unconditional love. I'm mormon because it gives me hope for the future. I am so imperfect it's overwhelming, but I trust that as I continue to strive to be better, and continue to repent, I will be able to stand perfected, through the atoning blood of my Savior Jesus Christ. .

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith, you ask me mormon.org? I live my faith one day at a time. Sometimes the counsel from the church and the commandments can seem overwhelming and impossible to live up to. There are days when I feel as though I will never be the person I want to be, because I make mistakes and I sin. Luckily, I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who sent His son to atone for my sins, and to make it possible for me to return to Him again, and so I am able to repent and start again. Thinking about all the commandments I need to follow and all the things that the Lord has required of me can seem like a lot, but when I live day by day, trying to be a little more like Christ, I find that things fall into place. Heaven gets a little closer when we spend our days trying to be a little better. I'm not perfect yet, but I have faith that one day I will be, through the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Also, music is another way I try and live my faith. I play piano for my ward sacrament meeting, for baptisms, for choirs, for anything that is asked of me. I play hymns on the piano and guitar on my own, because there is no time that I feel the Spirit more strongly than when I am worshiping my God through music. Music has the power to make us feel strong emotions, to sway our actions, and shape our thoughts--for better or for worse. By playing hymns, I feel Heaven get a little bit closer, and I am grateful for the gift of music in my life.