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Hi I'm Calista

I'm from Southern California. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family and friends call me Beast. It's a term of endearment I got from my sisters growing up, and pretty much just stuck. I am the oldest of four kids. I love home, it is my favorite place. I like laughing and having fun. I enjoy being active and playing sports, especially basketball, running, swimming, and doing yoga. I like to travel, learn about the world, and see beautiful new places. I play the piano, and love spending time at the beach. I speak Italian and a little Spanish. I received both my BA and MPP degrees from Brigham Young University. After school, I lived on the East coast for a while and recently moved back west. I work as an analyst doing statistics, and I teach English classes.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents decided when they got married to raise their children in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My dad had been an inactive member of this church for most his youth, and my mom converted while attending high school in California. She learned about it through my dad, who later baptized her. My mom's family was not initially supportive of her decision, and so she could not be baptized until she was 18. Now they accept her choice, but I will forever be indebted to my mom's courage and faith to stand alone. I am also grateful for my dad's good example to my mom. Even though he did not go to church as a teenager or serve a full-time mission (which most 19 year old Mormon males do), he lived in such a way that allowed others to feel good around him. Since that time, both my parents have actively served in their church congregation and have touched so many lives as a result. Because my parents taught good principles in our home, I followed their example and made the choice to be baptized at age 8. During college, I decided to serve a full-time church mission and teach what I had learned and felt. I know the Mormon church teaches us how to become like Jesus Christ, and brings true happiness when we live it.

How I live my faith

I am easy going by nature, but I have found that I am passionate about things I believe strongly in. One of these things is my religion. I choose to live my faith because it is what inspires me, it is what gives me the strength to do everything, it is my motivation and purpose in life. I am not perfect by any means, but my church provides tangible opportunities to constantly improve and better myself. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Mormons is service. I literally cannot remember a time when I was not serving or being served as a member of this church. And the beautiful part is, the service extends beyond just our members- it is for everyone! To me, this is how I live my faith- serve and love.