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Hi I'm Clint

I'm an attorney, I'm a father of five, and I'm married to the love of my life, Kathy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Southern California. Dad sold cars and Mom wrote in the local newspaper. We attended Christian church services. I became acquainted with some Mormon kids in high school and went to church with them occasionally. I joined the LDS Church when I was 17, then attended college and law school. I am happily married, with five children and a wonderful life. My hobbies include service in the community - especially family causes, hiking, scuba diving, family history, playing guitar and ukulele, and being a father and husband. I have coached all my children in baseball/softball, and have enjoyed the relationships with my neighbors in those activities. For my living, I practice law in areas that allow me to help real people with real problems find peace of mind. Since June 2016, I have been serving with my wife as a missionary in Tallahassee Florida. We love the South! We regularly associate with about 200 wonderful missionaries ages 18 to 75, as well as many others here who love the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I first became interested in the Church when I saw the good examples and happy lives of the kids at school who, it turns out, were LDS. I attended Church and felt peace there, a welcome attitude from the people, and I wanted to learn more. The Book of Mormon was the key. I began to read in it, and knew it was no ordinary book, but was scripture, words of God that I had not heard or read before. It was not what I expected, but I knew it was true and decided to learn the rest of the story from my Mormon friends. I have been given the help and encouragement I needed to try to pattern my life after the Savior, Jesus Christ, and have maintained eternal perspective because I know God's plan for his children. It is truly a happy, blessed life!

How I live my faith

I have loved being involved in the Church since I was a teenager! In my daily interactions, I try to be Christ-like, caring about others and offering help and encouragement, especially to those who are having a difficult time. In my own trials, I live by faith, not by fear. So I press forward, trusting that God is there and it will all work out if I stand true. Kathy and I are currently serving as fulltime missionaries in the panhandle of Florida. We are on duty 24/7, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, and helping the missionaries in whatever they need. It is glorious and fulfilling! I bear witness of the reality of the Savior, Jesus Christ, His love and His mission wherever I go.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is actually very much like the Bible. It contains writings of prophets, just like the biblical books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Malachi, Matthew, The Acts, and others. It was written by prophets who lived before and after Christ, on the American continent. Joseph Smith is key figure in the bringing forth of the Book of Mormon. He was called by God to be a prophet in these latter days, to restore the ancient Gospel of Jesus Christ, complete with apostles, prophets and priesthood authority like Moses and John the Baptist had. Moroni, the last prophet who wrote the record, appeared as a resurrected being to Joseph and showed him the location of the record. It was written on plates of gold and hidden in a hill in New York. Joseph translated it by the gift and power of God, and it is a powerful witness of the sacred mission of Jesus Christ and His Gospel, as well as evidence of the divine calling of Joseph Smith in restoring that Gospel in these times. Many have tried to discredit Joseph Smith, but none have any credible explanation of the origin of the Book of Mormon since it was published nearly 200 years ago. That's because it is true! It came about just the way Joseph said it did. And anyone who reads it with a desire to know that will find out too. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

One of the great principles of the Plan of Salvation is that we have agency, the right to choose. Our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, made it possible for us to come to earth to learn to exercise faith in them to do good, and to make and keep covenants that enable us to enjoy family relationships forever. This is a wondrous, glorious message of hope and joy. All believers have a duty to share it. Jesus said. "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:10) Young men choose to receive the priesthood beginning at age 12. All young men who are worthy and willing can receive that priesthood, and all are are encouraged to serve full time missions. In fact, the prophets have stated they have a duty to serve, because of the sacred nature of the priesthood and its attendant responsibilities. Young women are also welcome to serve and do a great work, though they do not have the duty to do so. Young men are not "required" to serve a mission, and a mission is not essential for their salvation, or to attend the temple or to fully participate in the Church. However, to miss the window of opportunity to serve (single men age 19-26 may serve) is to miss a life-changing growth opportunity, one that allows unsurpassed experiences serving the Lord and his fellow men. Show more Show less