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Hi I'm Caleb

I grew up in Oregon. I enjoy tennis, wrestling, and jiu jitsu. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in the Northwest United States along the Columbia River. I am the second youngest of my family of five. I am also very fortunate to have much of my extended family live near me, many in walking distance. I grew up learning to work, as many things needed to be done. Whether it was helping harvest wood for the winter, cleaning out pipes at our families laundromats, digging up tree stumps, or shoveling out the pig's sty, I enjoyed doing it, because I enjoy working. I also love reading, often staying up till two or three in the morning on a school night because I appreciate it so much. Most of my true education has come through my own personal study. Since I would stay up late so often, my mother for a time thought I had some sort of anemia because I often looked tired. But I do not enjoy fiction that much, as I much prefer history; more specifically, people's personal experiences. The main reason I enjoy non-fiction more is because I learn much more than I would otherwise. Throughout middle school, I also participated in wrestling. I was not the best wrestler, yet I was not the worst, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and still wrestle with my friends. Throughout high school, I also played tennis, and I became quite adequate with it. I follow professional tennis as well, my favorite player being Roger Federer, but I believe Rafael Nadal is the best tennis player because of his mental game and patience.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in to the LDS Church. I grew up attending church every Sunday, going to activities, and doing the classic 'Mormon' stuff. But this does not make me a Mormon. What makes me a Mormon is my faith in my older brother Jesus Christ, and my Heavenly Father. I have gained this faith by listening to the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth. As I have acted upon those promptings of the Holy Ghost, I have grown closer and closer to my Heavenly Father. With time, effort, and patience, Heavenly Father confirmed to me that this is His church. That though there are many good men and women out in the world who are not of this church, that this church has the authority to teach and help people advance in their progress towards becoming like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. That when a part of this Church, people have at their use a correctly oriented compass, and like Moses and other prophets of old, God has given us a prophet to help guide us and help us set our compasses correctly towards Jesus Christ. That yes this church is true and it paves the path back to Heavenly Father, more importantly this Gospel is true and Jesus is the Christ, and that we must follow Him and his gospel so that we can walk the path back to our Heavenly Father. It is only through Jesus Christ and His gospel that we can reach our full potential of happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to be better every day. If one day I make a mistake, the next day I will try to be perfect in not making that one mistake, though there is plenty other mistakes that I keep messing up on. If I make the mistake again, sometime's it is discouraging, but I just keep trying to be a little better every day. A big part of my life is to make goals, not short-term goals, but rather long-term goals. I remember that the purpose of this life is to become; to become better and eventually like our Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. I am weak, but I know that through Him I can become strong. That like a little toddler learning to walk, I will sometimes fall down. But falling down is no reason to get discouraged and quit trying to walk. Falling down in this life is only natural, the real test is when we get up and try again, and again. And eventually, we will be able to walk. There are many ways I am "trying to walk." Some of them include Home Teaching. Home Teaching is when two brothers of the LDS Church go out together once a month and teach people at their home, or wherever is most convenient. Oftentimes with people who are less active in the Church, my companion and I didn't immediately start teaching them the lessons we had prepared, but rather talk to them, get to know them, be friends with them, and help them in whatever way we can. As part of home teaching, I have gotten to know people by serving them, such as mowing their lawns, helping paint their house, and helping them re-roof their house. But overall, the only way I can truly live my faith is becoming like Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. That like Them, I need to serve others and choose the right. But also so that I can become like my Heavenly Father, I need to know Them. And just as I am learning to walk, my Heavenly Father is there to help me stand up.