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Hi I'm Claire

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 24-year-old wife, a college graduate, and I run my design business from home.

Why I am a Mormon

Like a lot of Mormons, I was born in the church. I also lived next door to our meetinghouse, have 7 brothers and sisters, my father worked for the church as a manager of the construction of buildings, and was the bishop of our ward. My life was surrounded by the fact that "I was Mormon". It wasn't until high school that I seriously started to question why I went to church and claimed my 'Mormon' label. Did I really believe that some kid back in the 1800's saw God and Jesus Christ? Did I even believe that there was a God, and that Jesus Christ died for my sins? I had no idea what the answer was to those questions, and it was easier to avoid them than answer them. Instead, I started looking closer at the lives my friends were leading. They seemed to be free. No rules about dating or drinking. They watched rated R movies, and could do whatever they wanted on Sundays. And best of all, because there were no rules, there was no guilt. I started flirting with a life without religious mandates. I graduated from high school, and was accepted to two schools: A prestigious art school in L.A., and BYU-Idaho. I did not want to go to BYU-Idaho, but because I didn't have enough money for a art school, and my parents would only pay for a church school, I was shipped off to Rexburg, Idaho. My first semester was also Kim B. Clark's first semester as president of the school. There was a special inaugural ceremony for him, and the first presidency of the church was speaking at the ceremony. On that day, I happened to walk out of the library and cross the parking lot just as President Gordon B. Hinkley stepped out of his car. I stopped because it's not every day you come across supposed prophets. He smiled and waved at everyone else who stopped to see him. And at ten yards away, my eyes welled up with tears because I knew he was a prophet, that there was something remarkable about the church he lead, and that I needed to change my life.

How I live my faith

While I have gained a testimony of my own, and have become more informed about my faith, I never stop asking myself why I do it. Just because I have gained a testimony, or had a remarkable experience, doesn't mean that I am solid in this faith, and don't falter. I am human and I falter all the time. I go to my church meetings and pay attention the best I can. When I do and participate, I find that my mind is enlightened and that enlightenment is the reassurance of my knowledge of God, Jesus Christ, the Prophets of old and now, and all the other pieces that make up this religion.