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Hi I'm Stuart Clark

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California. I work as a company executive and have a wonderful family.

About Me

I am 69 years old and working as Senior Vice President for an international construction company. I am married and have a large family with 13 children and 29 grandchildren. We adopted some of our children. I love to spend time with my children. We like to go backpacking and mountain climbing. I have climbed over 23 mountains in the world including the highest trekking peak in the world, Mera Peak at 21,250 feet in Nepal. I like to visit Nepal and see the Everest region. Together with my boys we like to go on adventures and visit some of the beautiful places in the world. We also like to ski and water ski and I enjoy boating and doing carpentry work around the house. I am also a ham radio operator and like to be involved in emergency preparedness with the radio. I have been a member of the Mormon church all of my life. I have a graduate degree in Business Administration and think education is so important in life. I spend time in my church calling and in my work and at home. I am also a member of the local Rotary Club.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a father and mother who loved Jesus Christ and made it the center of their lives. My father was a Mormon and my mother was a Methodist. We always went to church and made the bible stories a part of our life. I remember my mother becoming a Mormon. Nothing changed much because she always believed in the same principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up going to the Mormon church and at an early age, I became aware of God and his love for me as an individual. I was around 12 when I had a prayer answered directly to me and I knew that it was God who answered it. That became an anchor in my life. My family went to church together. We learned about family prayer and had family prayer together growing up. My mother taught me how to pray and taught me to try to choose right. I loved bible stories growing up and then stories from the Book of Mormon after my mother joined the church. From a very young age I felt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true and provided the answers I had about life. At 14 I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it and I felt my knowledge of life expand and grow and I began to comprehend the things of heaven and the purpose of life on earth. I loved to read about Joseph Smith and his great accomplishments. My great grandfather knew Joseph Smith and received a blessing at his hand when he was in Illinois. My great grandfather lived to see that blessing fulfilled. He wrote his testimony of Joseph Smith as a prophet of God. He listened to him talk many times and heard him say, "I go like a lamb to the slaughter" just before he was martyred. My great grandfather moved west with the Mormon pioneers and settled in Utah. He knew all of the presidents of the church through to President Joseph F. Smith. That legacy of my great grandfather and his testimony of Joseph Smith helped to fortify my belief that I already had. I gained my knowledge through reading the Book of Mormon and attending church. I felt personal revelation as a young man about the reality of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and felt the Holy Ghost testify in my heart that they live and they are real and love us. That has been a big anchor in my life. My grandfather met one of the three witnesses of the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated it was David Whitmer. David Whitmer's testimony is written in the front of the Book of Mormon. David Whitmer bore his testimony to my grandfather that he did indeed see the plates and held them and testified that it was a true book, that an angel of God had shown him the plates along with others who were present. My grandfather also knew Martin Harris, one of the scribes of the Book of Mormon. Also my great Uncle met Martin Harris when he came to Utah and heard him bear his testimony that he saw the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated and that it was true. When I was married my great Uncle came to my wedding and told my wife and I how he had heard Martin Harris bear his testimony in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. My great Uncle was 104 years old then. These eye witnesses further added to strengthen not only my faith but my knowledge that these things were true that I had already known at a young age. I count myself very fortunate to have learned the gospel at a young age and to have had a strong witness that the Church of Jesus Christ had been restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I have a always known this from a young age and have tied to pass that same experience on to my children. I bear this my witness to the world that Jesus Christ lives. That he restored his church to the earth and that he is preparing us for his second coming. We are led by prophets and apostles today. Anyone can find this out for themselves by reading, studying, and praying about this fact. God will reveal it to you by the power of the Holy Ghost which is stronger than seeing.   

How I live my faith

The Mormon Church is a living church and offers members the opportunity to serve in many different capacities. I attend church each Sunday and have had opportunities to serve in various positions from time to time. I served as a missionary for the church in Chile and Uruguay when I was in my late teens and early 20s. I worked with the Boy Scouts in Chile and helped to establish the scouting program in the church in that country. Since that time have been asked to be a Bishop overseeing an entire congregation. I married people, performed funerals, conducted and organized the meetings and got to sit and meet with many members one on one. It was one of the highlights of my life. I later served as a counselor to several mission presidents who oversaw the missionaries in the area where I lived. I worked with the missionaries and enjoyed seeing others join the church. I worked with the youth of the church where I live for many years, organizing youth outings, youth conferences, dances, athletics and spiritual meetings. I enjoyed speaking with the youth and sharing my experiences. I really enjoyed sharing with them my experience in going to Mt. Everest and seeing that great mountain. I tried to tell them they could accomplish anything in life if they put their mind to it. I attend church each week and enjoy the worship services and the discussions on the gospel. I am also a member of the Rotary Club and like what it does to give relief to people worldwide. I am currently in charge of public affairs and help organize service projects for our congregation. I also teach a class to the men in the church. I read the scriptures everyday to further my knowledge of Christ and his teachings.  

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Stuart Clark
The words "eternal life" have two meanings to us. One is that we will live forever after we die. The other is that we will live with God, the "eternal being" after we die if we keep his commandments. Thus we can live with the eternal God which is life with the "eternal" or "eternal life." Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Stuart Clark
The Mormon Church or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was restored to the earth through Joseph Smith in the state of New York, USA. God called Joseph Smith as a prophet to restore his church and his priesthood power to the earth for everyone to enjoy. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Stuart Clark
Faith in Jesus Christ can be the center of our marriage. If both people have faith in Jesus Christ they have a common bond that holds their marriage together and provides and anchor for facing the difficulties of life that come to every one of us. Christ can likewise be a strong anchor in our children's lives as they face the challenges of life. A Christ centered life is one of living His teachings and applying his principles in our life. This anchor of faith is a strong bond within the family. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Stuart Clark
We teach that baptism is essential for salvation. As Christ taught Nicodemus in the Bible, " except a man be born of the water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." We believe that and practice that. Baptism is a covenant with God that you will keep his commandments. It is the way Christ taught us through his example of being baptized. We believe we should follow Christ. Notice that Christ walked all the way to Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist because he had the authority to baptize. We believe one must have the authority from God to be baptized. That authority is in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a wonderful blessing to be baptized. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Stuart Clark
We believe in the sanctity of life and that we should do all we can do to preserve life. Abortion is just the opposite, it destroys life. We believe in the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" which means that we should not take a life.Only in the instances of incest or rape or endangerment of the mother's life should it ever be considered. Even then, it should be prayerfully considered by the individual. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Stuart Clark
We believe that the Church is on the earth to give us opportunities to practice the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That service should be given freely and not for pay. All members are given church responsibilities, that way we can work together for the common good and not for monetary reward. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Stuart Clark
Relief Society is the women's organization in the church where women are organized to provide relief and assistance to those in need. They meet together each week and are taught gospel principles and have fellowship together. It is the oldest women's organization in the USA. They do a lot of good to help others in need. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Stuart Clark
Yes, there is a prophet of God on the earth today, just like Moses. He was called by God to be a prophet and receives revelation to guide the church. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Stuart Clark
The Lord expects to be self-reliant on this earth. Our prophets have also taught us this truth, that we need to take care of ourselves and be prepared for times of need. We know that we live in the last days. There are many calamities that have been prophecied in the Bible for the later days. We can see them all around us now. We are taught to be prepared for such emergencies so that we can live free and independent. It brings a lot of satisfaction to know you are prepared. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Stuart Clark
Through the gift of the Holy Ghost we can receive a testimony that God lives and Jesus is the Christ. The Holy Ghost is the comforter. He can comfort us when we are down or in sorrow. He is a teacher. He can teach us the things of God and let us know what is true. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Stuart Clark
Marriage is ordained of God. He performed the first marriage with Adam and Eve and told them to multiply and replenish the earth, or in other words to have a family. Families become a center of our lives just as they are the center of God's life. Of course he wants us to be together after we die. He has made this possible by giving his prophets the power to "seal on earth and it will be sealed in heaven." This is talked about in the bible when Jesus gave Peter this same power. Today, couples can go to the Mormon Temple and be "sealed" together forever by this same power called the priesthood.This power has been passed on by Joseph Smith to today's prophet who holds this power to seal families forever after they die. It is available to all who want to receive it.This way families can live together in heaven.  Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Stuart Clark
A testimony is to know what is true. This comes through reading the words of God, praying about them and practicing his teachings. Through this effort we can come to know in our heart what is true and real about God and Jesus Christ. This confirmation in our heart comes from the Holy Ghost. It is real, we can feel it. We can then testify that it is real. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Stuart Clark
No, there are no restrictions based on race or color. Anyone can join the Mormon Church  Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Stuart Clark
We believe that we are the children of God and that we are part of His family. He sent us down on earth so that we too might have the joy of having our own family. Therefore, families are very important because they are what God would have us experience. We believe we will exist in heaven with our families. Heaven wouldn't be heaven without each other. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Stuart Clark
We believe that baptism is essential for salvation. It is a covenant with God to obey his commandments. Christ taught that we all must be baptized. Some people die without being baptized or knowing about the Church of Jesus Christ. They must also have an opportunity for salvation. Those who have died are taught the gospel in the world of the spirits. But, baptism is an earthly ordinance. So we can perform that ordinance for them by being baptized for them, just as Christ died for us as a proxy for us, we can be baptized for others. This is authorized by Christ in his church to be performed in the temples. The person who died can either receive this gift or reject it. They still have their agency. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Stuart Clark
Chastity is to live a moral and clean life, free from sexual sins. By living modestly we do not encourage others to think immoral thoughts. We also do not advertise that we are interested in immoral acts. By keeping our bodies covered we do not provoke wrong thoughts of those of the opposite sex.Parents can teach their children to dress modestly, to keep their bodies covered, to not use suggestive language and to not go to or watch suggestive or immodest movies. By teaching our children about Jesus Christ and his teachings we can instill in them a desire to be like him. Show more Show less