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Hi I'm Caleb Litster

I'm hearing impaired and I love directing, composing, and performing music. I also love math and writing. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Iowa in a family of four (I have one younger sister) and I am currently serving a mission in Phoenix, Arizona. I am so happy to be sharing the gospel and helping others come unto Christ! I was born with severe hearing loss in both ears which has definitely been one of the biggest challenges I've faced, but I have been so blessed to be able to function relatively normally in spite of my disability! I know very little sign language, but with the help of my hearing aids and my lip-reading skills I am able to communicate pretty well. In high school I took Calculus and French, and I served as the Editor in Chief of our school's literary and visual arts magazine. I was also a Drum Major in our marching band for two years, and I got to lead the band in a parade through Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World! In my free time I would play music, fold origami, write poetry, and talk with friends. My favorite song is Consolation No. 3 by Franz Liszt, and my favorite book is Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I love the outdoors and I have so many wonderful (and less than wonderful) memories of camping with my Boy Scout Troop. One of the greatest experiences of my life was climbing Brown Duck Mountain with my troop and retiring flags at the summit. After my mission, I plan to go to Brigham Young University to study mathematics and prepare to become a math teacher. I love connecting with people and helping them learn and solve problems!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in this church, but at age 13 I started calling into question everything I had been taught. I felt like I didn't really know anything for myself and had just been accepting what others told me was true. I set out to discover the truth, and I found it here in the same place that I started! During this time of doubt and despair, I kept praying to God in the hopes that I would someday know if He was really there. I was teaching in the home of a recent convert when the Holy Spirit touched my heart and my mind and gave me a powerful experience that I will never forget. In that moment, I knew beyond any doubt that the Holy Spirit was real. Soon thereafter, I was able to find the truth of other things by the power of that same Spirit. I prayed to know if God loved me, and I felt the warm reassurance that He did. I prayed to know if Christ was my Savior, and I felt the cleansing power of His Atonement. Because of those experiences, I can say now that I know for myself that God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are all very real and love me dearly. When I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true, I didn't get an answer right away. Instead, an image surfaced in my mind of me kneeling at my bedside as a young boy preparing for baptism. I remembered that I had gotten my answer then--that the Book of Mormon was true--and that though at age 13 I led myself to believe I knew nothing, I had always known that truth deep inside me. I am a Mormon today because I know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's restored church on the Earth. I love reading the Book of Mormon and learning about God's Plan of Salvation. I am so grateful for all the wonderful truths that I know because God still speaks to us today and hears and answers prayers. While I still have much to learn, there is no place that makes me happier and nowhere I would rather be than here in this church.

How I live my faith

Pre-mission: Being Mormon really is more of a lifestyle for me than just a designation that determines where I go to church on Sundays. I participate in scripture study and prayer with my family every night, I study and pray on my own regularly, and I strive every day to be more Christlike. I attended early-morning seminary (6-6:45 am MTWRF) for four school years, which was a challenge but well worth the effort! I participate actively in my church meetings and callings; I play the organ on occasion for the congregation, I accompany the priesthood brethren on piano as we sing together, and I help plan faith-building activities and events for the youth in my area. I also strive to make Sunday a holy day by resting from my usual labors (including homework), attending church, and focusing my thoughts on Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is such a big part of my life that my friends can't help but take notice of it. I often get asked questions about my beliefs and why I do or don't do certain things, and I do my best to answer those questions. I strive to be happy and strengthen those around me, and to love them and serve them as Christ would. I live my faith by praying and asking God what He wants me to do, and then making my best effort to go and do it. Mission: I am serving a mission now because I know that's what God wants me to do. I know that the Arizona Phoenix mission is where He wants me to be. I am living my faith by happily serving those around me and helping them to learn more about Jesus Christ and His gospel!