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Hi I'm Clinton

Proud father and Army medic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving in the US Army as a Combat Medic. My unit and I were in Iraq for 9 months until July 2010. I am blessed to be back with my wife and one year old son who were sorely missed. I joined the army to serve my country and to improve myself and family. I want to go to school after my Army service to learn more about business. I look forward to owning my own business and working hard to support my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I am a Mormon because the Church is true. That is to say that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored Church of Jesus Christ. This is His Church restored to the earth with prophets and apostles and organized like the Church in Jesus' day. The keystone of the Mormon faith is the Book of Mormon. When I read from the Book of Mormon I cannot deny the truth of it. It is a strong witness that Jesus is the Christ. It supports the Holy Bible by testifying of the same gospel and message. The message is that God has a plan for us to bring us joy and happiness and help us return to Him. We all fall short in some way and are not able on our own to return to our Heavenly Father. This plan is made possible because of Jesus Christ, who paid the price of our shortcomings. If we will accept Christ as our savior and follow his example, serving others and improving ourselves until the end of our time on earth, then through His grace we will return to our heavenly home, where we can find eternal joy with those we love. One cannot merely accept that the Church is true without studying it out and seeking heavenly guidance in humble prayer. Why am I a Mormon? Because I know the Church is true and the Holy Ghost witnesses this truth to me as I read from the Book of Mormon and live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

When I was deployed to Iraq we had a small building that we used as a chapel. When we first arrived, there was no one who could lead church meetings for our faith. I contacted church leaders and was asked to serve as a Group Leader. As a group leader I would be responsible to hold weekly meetings and look after the members of the church serving in my battalion. The battalion was spread out to many outposts and many members were not able to attend the weekly meetings. On average there were only three of us in attendance. We sang hymns, prayed, gave lessons and talks, and bore our testimonies to each other. These meetings were a source of great strength that was otherwise unavailable while deployed. Others in my unit are often intrigued that I do not smoke or drink alcohol, coffee, and tea or use foul language. As I set a good example for others around me, I am watched more closely. Those who know me and my standards often refrain from using foul language around me and apologize when they let a bad word slip. I am grateful for this opportunity to "let my light shine" and let others see the joy that is mine as I live the standards of my faith.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

There are many ways to increase our faith in Jesus Christ, such as keeping the commandments, fellowshipping with others who believe in Jesus, praying and reading from the scriptures to name a few. For me the best way to increase your faith in Jesus Christ is to be committed to keeping His commandments and following His example by serving others. As we follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ we are blessed and find great joy. To learn about the life of the Savior we should read from the scriptures. Prophets since Adam have taught about Jesus Christ and given commandments for us to follow. It is difficult to remain strong on our own. As we attend church meetings or meet with our families to teach and share testimonies, we strengthen one another. Good habits of reading from the scriptures and praying daily, along with regular church attendance all help to increase our faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

My family is where I find my greatest strength. Those are the relationships that last through any trial. When I was serving my mission for the church in Oklahoma, in 1996 a proclamation to the world was sent out by the leaders of the church, called "The Family." We wanted everyone to hear this important message. It was printed in the news papers and given out as fliers. In this proclamation the church teaches "that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children." Parents have the responsibility to teach and "rear their children in love and righteousness. ... By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed." Many other important truths are taught in the proclamation. Now that I am married and have one small son, I live these principles by working hard to provide for my family. My wife and I love and teach our son together and find great joy in his growth. There is love and unity in my family that comes as we attend church together, and strive for our common righteous goals. My wife was told that she has to be a single mom while I am deployed to Iraq. She responded that she disagreed, because she feels provided for and protected. We know our roles and help each other in fulfilling them. We have found ways to stay connected through internet video calls. In this way I can interact and play with my son, and help my wife providing much needed social and emotional support. I am grateful for the restored church of Jesus Christ. It is because of Christ’s church that I have the principles that strengthen and unify my family. Show more Show less