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Hi I'm Jacob Callister

I live with my family in lovely Oregon, U.S.

About Me

I am a 32 year old City Planner, living in Oregon. I have a beautiful wife and two little twins. I love my northwest home. I love the out-of-doors, being a youth leader, road trips, classic, folk, and country rock music especially Poco, Crosby Stills & Nash, John Denver and the Moody Blues and being with my extended family. I have a reverence for our natural environment and choose to see mankind as stewards of God's creation. My testimony and reading of Christ's teachings also tend to gravitate me towards what seem to be generally perceived as progressive ideas. I admire my father, many of my ancestors, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall and former LDS church President David O. Mckay.

Why I am a Mormon

There are several answers to this question I am a Mormon because my father was, and his father, and his father was. Its a legacy of faith, and a heritage that I love and respect. Considering the sacrifices of my ancestors sends chills down my spine. The reasons I remain a Mormon include the fact that it works. The assertion found in Mathew, that all good brings forth good fruit, is a test that I have applied and reapplied to my faith throughout my life. There was a time when my conviction was based largely on the fact that it resulted in powerfully positive things in my life and others I knew who were living it. As a young adult I developed a testimony that the Book of Mormon was true, This conviction has helped me through challenging times of confusion and doubt.  

How I live my faith

I jump in head first. I have embraced the principal that nothing good comes without sacrifice. As a leader of young men in the church, much has been required of me. I make an effort to balance my personal and family needs with a genuine desire to be a powerful influence for good on those young men. The rewards of service can be achieved in no other way. I am impressed with the ways that members of my ward, old friends and family members can maintain a sense individualism and personal expression and still live our faith well and with strong conviction. This has strengthened my faith. The Lord has a lot of children here on earth, who see daily life quite differently, its powerful to know that and feel that God has a respect for that, and that my faith makes room for, and even celebrates, that idea.