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Hi I'm Clark Tenney

I'm a dad, a teacher, a coach, and a marathon runner. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 4 terrific teenagers and an 8 year-old. They keep us busy! Four of our children were born in Japan, while we lived in Tokyo for 12 years. We love playing games together, being outdoors, and watching movies together. Nothing is more important to me than my family! I have taught school for 20 years, and I love it. Kids have a positive energy that is contagious, and I love helping them discover the world. I coach our school's Cross Country and Track teams, and I am an avid runner myself. I log about 700 miles a year, and have run 6 marathons. I love being outside, staying fit, and challenging myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS Church, but like everyone, as I grew up I had to make decisions for myself about what path I wanted to take in life. I've never had a single, life-altering experience that proved to me that the teachings of the LDS Church are true. Instead, I've had hundreds of smaller, simple experiences that confirm for me that I am living as my Heavenly Father wants me to. As I pray daily, as I read the Bible and Book of Mormon, and as I do my best to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, I feel happiness and a sense that I am living as God wants me to. This is the Holy Spirit's confirmation to me that the teachings of Church are true, and that I am doing my best to follow Heavenly Father's plan for me. As I look around the world, it seems clear to me that the happiest people are those who are doing their best to serve others and to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Active members of the Mormon Church are among the happiest, most successful, most satisfied people I know. Jesus taught, "Ye shall know them by their fruits." I am grateful for the example of good people everywhere who give service to others, who love their families, and who make their communities better places to live. Those are some pretty good "fruits".

How I live my faith

Among the things I love best about being a Mormon are the many opportunities to serve. Since we have no paid ministers, we all volunteer our time and talents to help run local Church units, and to serve each other. I help our local leadership by organizing meetings, making appointments, and keeping accurate records. I also make monthly visits to 3 families in our congregation to help them with any needs they may have. In addition, I appreciate opportunities at Church to present lessons or talks on topics such as Faith in Christ or Serving Others. Outside of church and my family, I coach teams at our high school, sponsor an after-school club, and help organize local road races for charity. I also volunteer as a leader with the local Boy Scouts. I think this is a great way to give back to my community and help develop tomorrow's leaders. Each of these things helps me focus less on myself and more on my fellow man.