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Hi I'm Cliff

I own a small business. I'm a husband, father and grandfather. I'm learning to play the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Over the course of my life, I've lived in nine of the United States. I enjoy playing board games, swimming, playing racquetball, musical theater, soccer, camping, and interacting with friends. I've graduated from college and law school, but no longer practice law. I design software that is used by the legal profession. I like to create with my mind and I always seem to have one or more creative projects in the works--things like writing a book, a poem, or a song. I've had a few articles published, but I'm still looking forward to having a book published or a song produced. I enjoy learning new things and for the past year or more, I've been teaching myself to play the piano. I've decided my talent is persistence rather than music, but as I keep at it, I'm getting better little by little. My wife and I have been married for over 30 years. We've learned and grown together, sharing great times and difficult times. She is my best friend. We have four grown children and four grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with each of them.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons. So were all of my grandparents and great grandparents. But growing up in the Church doesn't guarantee you'll stay there all your life. This is a demanding religion. I don't think anyone stays true to this Church without a firm and continuing faith in Jesus Christ. I played football in high school. Many of my friends drank beer, used drugs, had sex, and did other things I had been taught were wrong. I found myself at a crossroads. I needed to decide for myself whether I was crazy to keep my standards or whether they were crazy to live as they did. I had been taught by my parents that if I would read the Book of Mormon and pray sincerely, God Himself would tell me by the power of the Holy Ghost that it is true. I chose to test that promise. For months, almost every evening, I would read a page or two in the Book of Mormon and then pray to know whether it contained God's word as the Bible does. In this manner, I read the entire book. As I read, I found many things that were inspiring, but I still didn't really know for myself whether it was true. Shortly after I finished the entire book, I was attending a religious service where people shared the beliefs about the Church and the Book of Mormon. I had attended similar meetings all my life, but on this occasion, I felt a sweet, overwhelmingly wonderful spirit that I had never felt before. This amazing sensation was accompanied by words in my mind. They weren't audible, but it was a specific message that I received at the time telling me that the Book of Mormon is true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, indeed, the true Christian church re-established on the earth after many centuries of absence. As a consequence of this experience, I chose to act on my new God-given knowledge. I began to live more fully and independently the teachings of Jesus Christ. That was more than thirty-five years ago. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith brings meaning to most of my waking moments. Almost every morning, I start the day by reading the Book of Mormon and saying a personal prayer. Throughout the day, I do my best to be aware of, and act on, promptings from the Holy Ghost. I might be prompted to call my Mom or one of my children on the phone, to do some small act of service for my wife, or simply to stop daydreaming and get back to work. Over the years, I've been asked to serve in the Church in a variety of ways. I've taught the youth, helped with the Boy Scouts, spent two years in Spain as a full-time missionary for the Church, taught Sunday School classes to adults, cleaned the chapel, and canned food to be sent to people in need. I've served as the Bishop (lay minister) of our local congregation and been involved in other leadership roles, where I helped to coordinate the service and teaching efforts of others. Of course, my service hasn't been limited to doing things in the Church. I've coached and officiated for a neighborhood soccer league, been active in local politics, and helped out at my children's schools. I think, however, that living my faith has mostly been a personal thing in my life. The teachings of Jesus Christ help me to be kinder to those around me. I try to be honest in my business dealings and forgiving when I'm hurt by family, by neighbors, or by other businessmen. My faith helps me avoid pornography and other destructive vices that are so prevalent in our modern society. It helps me see those around me as brothers and sisters--fellow children of a loving Father in Heaven. It helps me be constantly grateful for so many blessings that come to me every day. It helps me endure trials and difficulties that also are a big part of my life, as they are for everyone else. My faith gives meaning to most everything I do and keeps me trying to be a better person.