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Hi I'm Clark

I'm a college student. I'm a pilot. I'm a brother and a son. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a student at an Arizona college studying Finance. I am also working part time as a waiter at a Mexican restaurant. At this time in my life work and school are probably the two main activities with which I spend most of my time. I also fly for a hobby as a private pilot. Looking down on the Arizona desert from the air is fantastic and probably one of the most tranquil yet thrilling activities for me to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was already Mormon, but like any individual who is born into a particular church, I reached a point in which I had to find out if what I've been taught is really true. Earlier in my life I had read The Book of Mormon, and had even prayed to know if it was true. However, I wasn't sincerely interested to know at the time. Rather, I was only doing those things because I thought it was what I was supposed to be doing. Later in life, however, when speaking with a friend during which we began to speak about religion, he asked me the question, "How do you know Joseph Smith didn't make it all up?" I didn't know how to respond. He was right because I really didn't know. This, as well as other subsequent events, led me to once again read The Book of Mormon, to learn about the life of Joseph Smith, and the Church as a whole. However, this time I did it with a sincere heart, having real intent, for I truly wanted to know for myself if any of it was true. Why am I a Mormon? Because I now know that no man could have written a book such as The Book of Mormon unless he was called of God to do so. I know that it is a literal record of a certain small lost Hebrew tribe in ancient America, that it was translated by the power of God through Joseph Smith. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, for The Book of Mormon is physical, tangible evidence of this, as is the life he lived and the life he gave for this matter. I am Mormon because I know that this is Christ's Church that has once again been restored on the Earth, and this is news so great that I must share it with all!

How I live my faith

One stepping stone in helping me to live my faith was when I was called to serve a mission and to preach the message of the Restored Gospel to the people in Italy. During those two years I learned to love the Italian people as I served them, to read my scriptures daily, and to develop a relationship with my Father in Heaven. Though I returned from the mission a few years ago, I still love to read the scriptures, to continuously pray and converse with my Heavenly Father, and I try and search for ways to serve others, even if they are only small. I notice that when I do these things that my life is full of more joy, my outlook is more positive, and I am a more structured individual.

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

Clark
The Bible is a record that speaks of God's dealings with His people in the Old World through His prophets, even including the birth and mortal ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Book of Mormon is a record that speaks of God's dealings with His people in the New World through His prophets in the New World, and even climaxes when Christ himself appears to the ancient Americans in his resurrected, glorified body after his ascension from the Old World. The two books bare testimony of Christ and his mission, and even bare testimony of each other. They were written by two different civilizations a whole world apart, yet they spoke of the same Messiah named Jesus, with the same divine mission, teaching the same doctrines. This is proof that God loves all His children all over the world. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Clark
To sum it all up, Mormons strive to live happily, for even happiness takes effort to achieve. The world has been filled with lies that there are so many things or people surrounding an individual that can make that individual happy, when the truth of the matter is that only you can make yourself happy. I know that living the principles of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ brings joy and happiness to all of God's children no matter what their cultural background happens to be. There is a common stereotype that Mormons "can't" do this or that. They can't drink alcohol. They can't work on Sundays. They can't have sex before marriage. The truth of the matter is that I can do whatever I want. I have control over my actions, but I don't have control over the consequences of my actions, which is why I choose on my own accord not to do those things. I know that they will not bring me the happiness that I have, nor will they give me the further joy that I am looking for. There are simply certain principles and laws, much like the laws of physics, that simply will not change no matter how you dress it. An action will result in a reaction. Much like a scientist experiments on theories to prove whether they are true, so have I experimented upon the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I therefore know that it is true. Show more Show less