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Hi I'm Caleb

I am a musician, athlete, scholar, and older brother. I am a missionary, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. I have enjoyed making music for as long as I remember. I started on the piano. Later started learning the clarinet and the saxophone in school. I participated in band and jazz band throughout high school, and was selected to be in the All State Band my junior year, and All State Orchestra my senior year. I also love to compete in sports. I participated on my school's football and track and field team. I was a two year letterman and an Academic All State team member in both sports. I played tight end and long snapper on the football team. For track I competed in the throwing events, shot put, discus, and javelin. I graduated high school as one of the valedictorians. I look forward to going to college when I return from my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised by two loving parents in the gospel. I have loved to read the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon throughout my life. I took seminary in high school and that taught me more than I could have learned on my own, and strengthened my testimony. I have always known the gospel is true. I know that the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith through the power of God. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. I know families can be together forever. I have seen the blessings the gospel has brought into my life, and I want others to have those same blessings, that is why I am serving a mission. I know that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, and through His Atonement we can become clean and return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I served in various youth organization leadership positions, and love to serve. I finished my Eagle Scout with my service project for the local Senior Center. I have always tried to live the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ and have been willing to answer any questions others have had about the church. I am currently serving a mission in the Mexico Tuxtla Gutierrez Mission where I am teaching others the things I know to be true.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Caleb
We believe Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. The Bible is regarded as Holy Scripture, and I use it in my personal study. We believe that the Bible can be interpreted in multiple ways, and the Book of Mormon can be used to help us know how the Bible should be interpreted. The Bible can be compared to a point in space. Infinite lines can be drawn through this point, but when another point is added, or the Book of Mormon, only one straight line can be drawn between them. For this reason, we need both the Book of Mormon and the Bible. The Book of Mormon doesn't fight the Bible, it compliments it and makes it easier to understand. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Caleb
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is when Jesus took upon Himself the sins, and afflictions of the world. Through His Atonement we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. But this isn´t all the Atonement can do for us, it can help us everyday. He suffered for our pains and anguishes as well as our sins. Through the Atonement He knows how to help us, He knows what we are going through. The Atonement is the reason we can repent, become clean, and return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. It was necessary for Christ to sacrifice His life, is because only He could perform the Atonement. Only He could, because He led the only perfect life this world has ever known. He performed the Atonement because he loves every single one of us individually with a love so great that we cannot even begin to comprehend. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Caleb
You can become a member of the church by meeting with the missionaries, and taking the lessons. While you learn the lessons and make and keep commitments that the missionaries ask of you, you will feel the Holy Ghost testify to you that what the missionaries are teaching are true. When you are ready you can be baptized, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost and be confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by someone with the priesthood authority of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Caleb
If you want to that this church is true, or any specific part is true, you have to pray to God and ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, with faith in our Savior Jesus Christ, and He will answer you. You will know through the power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost may manifest the truth through simple feelings of peace, hope, happiness, or comfort. It may just be a feeling that it this is right. I know that if you ask God, willing to act on the answer He gives you, you will recieve an answer. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Caleb
Temples are, as it says on the exterior of every temple, The House of The Lord. Because temples are the House of the Lord, they are Holy places, and only those who are worthy with current temple recommends are allowed to enter after the dedication. What happens in the temple isn´t secret, it is sacred. We learn eternal truths, receive sacred convenants, and perform saving ordinances, such as baptism, for our deceased ancestors. Everyone and anyone can go through a temple open house, before the temple is dedicated. If you have the oppurtunity I would recommend going through. Show more Show less