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Hi I'm Caleb Vanderhoff

I'm preparing for a mission to Birmingham, Alabama. I love to direct and produce all genres of film. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the third child out of five in my family, the only boy out of four girls. I grew up in Oregon and then moved to Utah when I was nine. I recently graduated from American Fork High School, where I spent most of my time directing and producing films and sports highlights. During school I worked two jobs. One where I was a cinematographer for the events at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, and the second where I was a landscaper for the city. After I graduated, I resigned from landscaping to join a construction firm partnered with Geneva Rock. There I worked many days and long hours at multiple Air Force bases pouring concrete and building asphalt paths. Because I had to travel a little bit for that, I was able to teach myself how to really live on my own and provide for myself, which is a key responsibility to have when serving an LDS mission. Now I am continuing to prepare for the mission by studying and learning more about our gospel, though I still find enough time to spend with my friends and family by playing sports and exploring the mountains nearby.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen the life of a Mormon because I know that I am truly happy with the teachings in my life. I know that through the power of God and the faith that I have, miracles will be performed. I love helping others and making people feel good about themselves and I have found that the greatest compliment to receive is that you are a beautiful child of God. The gospel has really changed my life from "okay" to "fantastic." I love learning about the many parables and teachings from Christ and it's so great to learn from all the wonderful stories of the past prophets. I have chosen this life because I know that God loves everyone, and I love being a part of a church where He is a merciful being. No one is perfect, but through His love and compassion, everyone will be able to return. I share my testimony and witness that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that he restored the church to it's full glory once again. I know that if we study with faith and pray in the name of Jesus Christ, we can fully know for ourselves what is right and what will provide us with pure happiness.

How I live my faith

Ever since I was born, I've been a part of this church. Growing up in Oregon encourages you to really build your testimony, as many people disagree about our teachings. After moving to Utah, there was a definite change in the way people go about with things. I now live in a community where the majority is LDS, which is great when those same people would go to school with you. As I grew up though, I started to think about where I would be in five years or so. I made friends that weren't exactly the greatest for me, and because of that I would make poor decisions just out of peer pressure. I got to the point where I was seriously debating on continuing with the teachings of the church in my life. Then I had a moment of realization. I didn't want to be this person anymore, and I wasn't as happy as I could be. I then decided to read the Book of Mormon, pray more often, and attend my spiritual meetings more frequently. I started to notice that the friends that I had didn't interest me anymore, and that I started to talk to better people and become more social with everyone. I can honestly say that because of this church, I feel comfort and happiness in my life. I'm excited to serve an LDS mission soon and spread my feelings with everyone I can, because everyone deserves to feel joy. I live my faith through always trying to improve myself and by giving service to those who need it. I feel closer to the Savior now because of my choices that I have made and I'm so grateful for the gospel in my life. I believe that faith is one of the strongest foundations of our church, and by studying and praying for your own will help strengthen and guide you to eternal salvation.