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Hi I'm Cliff

I've been a Mormon for over 30 years and I am still learning.

About Me

I am nearing retirement. I spent most of my career in Information Technology, but am now performing a billing function for a medium sized company. I am married. My wife and I have 6 children between us from previous marriages. We have been married for over 20 years and are still on our honeymoon. I am an amateur photographer and enjoy writing, as well. My wife and I enjoy taking trips into nature to photograph its wonders.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up without religion, yet, I enjoyed reading the Bible as a child. When I asked "Why are we here?", the answer I got was "To worship God." This didn't make sense to me. By the time I was a teenager, I had questions that no one could answer, so I put "religion" on the shelf for several year. As a young adult, however, I started making up my own reasons for our existence and the character of God. My "own religion" suited me well enough for a few years. However, I met this beautiful girl and I wanted to know more about her. It turns out she was a Mormon. As we dated, she introduced me to the missionaries and gave me a Book of Mormon. Since I liked her a lot, I read the book and met with the missionaries. After finishing the book, I took the missionaries' challenge to pray about the book to find out if it was the word of God. I received a witness that I could not deny. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I started attending Church. I attempted to see life through the "eternal perspective". I tried not to look at each circumstance as a story in and of itself. As I studied the Mormon doctrine and looked at life from that perspective, all of the questions I had as a child were answered. I was baptized within a few months. What about that beautiful girl? We were close friends until her untimely death about a year after my baptism. I look forward to meeting her again in the Spirit World.

How I live my faith

It is hard to separate my day to day life from my faith. Having an understanding of the Plan of Salvation, with its eternal perspective changes the way I look at daily problems. I get frustrated at times. I have not been a patient person. But, I really have bee able to check that frustration by remembering that this life is only a small, albeit important, phase of my life. What I accomplish temporally in this life s of little consequence. It is the relationships that I and my family gave with The Lord that really is important. So, I live my faith by working on building better relationships with my children and grand-children, my brothers and sisters, my nieces and nephews, etc. I deliberately look for ways to help others around me. If I can cheer up someone that is going through a hard time, I feel I have shared the Lord's love. If I can help someone make sense out of a tragedy, I feel I have shared the Lord's love. My faith is nothing if it is confined within the walls of the Church. If it doesn't help people be happier, be better, be more hopeful about the future, it is worthless.