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Hi I'm Callie.

I'm a Mormon mom, living a wonderfully average life.

About Me

I grew up on a 40-acre hay farm (livestock included) and loved it. My mom's family were our neighbors, and we've always been really close - always doing everything together. I learned how to work hard and to do a job right if I'm going to do it at all. I started playing the piano at age 4, with Mom as my teacher. I've played ever since and now teach piano lessons to children in my area. At age 6, I added the violin as my 2nd instrument (mandatory in my family). When I was 13, I switched my violin for a String Bass, which was perfect for me and by my senior year in high school, 7 out of 9 classes were music- jazz band being my favorite. I raised lambs to sell at the county fair each year to earn money for my "dream vacation" to Hawaii, which I enjoyed when I was 14. I try to go back every chance I get and have started a sand collection to remind me of that piece of heaven on earth. I have an amazing husband, who is the "Ying to my Yang." He balances me out perfectly and I would be lost without him! We were married in the Temple 3 1/2 years ago. We have a son who is almost 2 who is the absolute light of my life - there is no day bad enough for me that some time with him can't put back to right. After my son was born, I was diagnosed with Post-Pardum Depression that rocked my world. With the help of a great counselor and the support of my family, I made it through and am happily on the other side of that trial. To get me through the worst times, I took up sewing. That has become a well-loved hobby that I've stuck with ever since.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family and have witnessed first-hand the joys and blessings of living the principles of the Gospel. At an early age, I learned to serve others, give a portion of any money I earned to the Church so that they could send help to others, and have always had answers to the "big questions" in life that so many others struggle to understand. The Gospel keeps me grounded and centered. There was a time in my life that I didn't live as closely to the Gospel Principles as I knew I should. It was an exciting time, but I was far from happy and got back on track. I learned that living this Gospel brings true (lasting) happiness, peace and stability to an otherwise unstable world. My favorite part of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the blessing of being sealed in the Temple - when I got married, I didn't agree to have my husband and family for this life only. "Till death do you part" was not a long enough time for me. What if my husband or son died tomorrow? Because I was married to my husband in the Temple, I get to have my family FOREVER!! I have had family members pass away, but instead of feeling that I've lost them for good, I find that I have an incentive to live true to the Principles of the Gospel so that I can earn the reward of spending eternity with them, my husband, and my son (and any future children) in Heaven.

How I live my faith

My husband and I teach the 2-year-old children of our congregation and we love it! Because they have come so recently from our Heavenly Father's presence, it is easy to feel their love for Him, and His love for them every time we're together. Hearing them sing is my favorite part of the week! At least once a month, I get to visit a couple of women in my neighborhood (called Visiting Teaching) and have 2 women visit me. I have made some of the finest friends through this opportunity, and always look forward to it! We talk about what's going on in each others' lives and share a scriptural message or thought on a designated topic that is meant to make our lives better. It's wonderful! It is an opportunity to serve, love and get to know other women as the Savior does.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Callie.
Absolutely not! We look for ways to server others - regardless of their religion. Everyone is welcome to our classes, our parties, or any other events we have. The Mormons are known across the globe as an entity that sends help, regardless of the recipient. One of the ways we help is by donating to what is called the "Humanitarian Fund." All donations are sent to the Church, who has the resources to send help of all kinds to any place that is needing it. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti is just one example of the Mormons being one of the first entities to rush aid to a people who were largely not members of our religion. Show more Show less