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Hi I'm Clark

I'm a husband. I'm a "daddy." I'm a family man. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently received my PhD in civil engineering (water resources). My job provides somewhat flexible hours, so I wake early, work hard, and come home in time to play with my family and help around the house in the evening. I have an amazing wife who loves me and lets me cook dinner as often as I like! (I really like cooking.) We have four children who remind us of the important things in life with their simple-yet-profound questions and beliefs.

Why I am a Mormon

I wanted to know if the things I had heard about the Church and its teachings were right. I prayed and know they're true. I feel happy as I respond and try to follow Christ.

How I live my faith

I do the things that make me truly happy: loving, laughing, living the gospel.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Bible is the record of the Lord's chosen people (Israel) and their dealings with God. Written through the views of prophets, leaders, and faithful saints, the Bible teaches that we are not alone--that God has a plan for us now and in the future. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Many fear what they don't fully understand. The apostle Peter wrote of the early Christians as being peculiar--meaning they were the Lord's own, exclusive, or special (see 1 Peter 2:9). The same description applies to Mormons today: As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, Mormons say they are His own--His covenant people. Mormons are exclusive in that we are complete and undivided; we welcome all people to join us and be one with us in Christ. We are special in that we know and embrace the restored truths of Christ and His Church. Because our beginnings, beliefs, and practices are different from others', we are seen as mysterious and sometimes labeled as a cult. As you come to learn about us and the truths God has restored, you will see that we are indeed peculiar, just not in the way that others describe us. Show more Show less

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

Just as the Bible teaches of the prophets and the dealings of Lord's covenant (or chosen) people in the Old World, the Book of Mormon records the Lord's dealings with his people in the New World (the Americas). The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible in its location; they both teach and affirm that God lives and loves all people and has a plan for them to learn, improve, and be happy. Similar to how the book of the law was found, translated, and implemented in Josiah's day (see 2 Kings 22-24), a record of the Lord's people came forth at a later time to shed light on a people who were lost, and in a time of darkness. The golden plates (the record from which the Book of Mormon was translated) came into the hands of Joseph Smith with the help of an angel (coincidentally the same person who had preserved and hid the record while in mortality). Having obtained the record, Joseph Smith was able to translate the plates through the gift and power of God. They were made available and the Lord's people now embrace the additional truths found therein. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ Show more Show less