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Hi I'm Clayton

Music, computers and being an extra ordinarily tall guy (no I do not play basketball) basically compiles my life. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a pretty tall drink of water. At 6'6 I enjoy the viewpoint but dislike low hanging objects. I'm a native of Pleasant Grove, UT and currently reside as a missionary in the Jacksonville Florida mission. Inherent with being a missionary is being all hyped up on baptism, which I do not disappoint. I love music, computers, explosions, gaming, philosophy and learning. Somehow this is all going to come together when I become an electrical engineer and invent magic.

Why I am a Mormon

Yes I was born into the church, however that really doesn't mean much. It is like being given a hammer and then being told how to use it. It isn't until that you actually use the hammer that you are able to build something out of it. I was just given the gospel in my life and told the entire time how to use it. But it wasn't until I experienced the redeeming power of the Atonement that I was converted. As I've continued to liberally apply Jesus Christ's sacrifice in my life, I have been able to see my testimony grow. I hope that It will never stop growing. I know that this is God's church on the earth today, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that the prophet Joseph Smith was called by Christ to restore all of Christ's teachings. And when I say I know it, I really know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

I participated in the Young Mens program that the Church has. Through that program I have received my Eagle Scout award, met most of my closest friends and found the strength to continue doing what I know is right, especially amongst all of the worldly things that plague youth today. The Church has helped me be in leadership potions, become a Sunday school teacher and most recently to stay worthy enough to serve the Lord as one of his missionaries for two years in the Florida Jacksonville Mission. I'm now out teaching the people of Florida the same gospel truths that I have tested time and time again and seen the blessing from. So far my mission has increased my commitment to follow God's commandments and has shown me the consequences of their transgression. It is a messed up world out there, and the commandments are eternal laws that will inevitably lead to happiness. And perhaps most of all, I have learned that this life is amazing and a gift from God. I want everyone to have the same peace and Light of Christ as our members have!

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Clayton
God has made it clear that marriage is between a man and a women and homosexual activity was even condemned in the Bible see Romans 1: 24-32. What God has said is his law and there is no use for us to argue against it. People who deal with homosexual desires are still sons and daughters of God and should be treated as such. God has promised that he would not tempt you above that which you are able. In my eyes, that means that a homosexual individual who is able to overcome those most basic natural desires and live in accordance to all of God's commandments is an extremely strong and valiant child of God. I know of homosexual members of the church who are fully fellow shipped into the gospel and are given full rights and blessings in the church. They have overcome the sin of pride, which plagues all of us, and overcome our most basic and carnal desires. I don't know how or when God will do it, but he will bless those brothers and sisters abundantly for their incredible faithfulness in keeping this commandment of the Lord. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Clayton
The significance of the atonement comes from the eternal laws of justice and mercy. God has told us repeatedly that no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom. Our nature is to mess up and fall into sin, hence making it impossible to return to God. That's justice. Mercy comes in where Christ suffered for us and died on the cross. Since Christ has already suffered for us, justice is fulfilled due to his mercy. In exchange for this, Christ set up a way for us to become perfect, like God, and still be able to make mistakes along the way. So long as we repent of our sins and follow Christ's example, we still can make it back to living with God again. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Clayton
The Mormon lifestyle is normal. But the morals are anything but normal. We strive to live life according to what God has told us will make us happy (i.e.: the commandments). But just like anyone else, how much we put into life is how much we get out of it. The only true difference is that we try to keep clean from the worldly things and have a Christ centered existence. 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?

Clayton
If you look at what they teach, they are the same. They both record the gospel of Jesus Christ and tell us about the principals of salvation. The biggest difference is that the Bible records these truths from a historical point-of-view of Israel. The Book of Mormon is a historical record from the ancient Americas. Joseph Smith was given and assisted in the translation of the Book of Mormon by an angel named Moroni, who was the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon. Heavenly Father had set aside the Book of Mormon as evidence that Jesus Christ's church had been restored on the earth today. If through pondering and prayer you find out that the Book of Mormon is a book of holy scripture, then just as all other scripture has been put forth by prophets, Joseph Smith would have to be a prophet to reveal the word of God. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Clayton
We view family different then the rest of the world. We don't see it as a momentary step that will dissolve when we get to heaven. It is a foundational principal that will come with us into the eternities. We will be with our families in heaven. If anything, this knowledge makes me treasure my family relationships more considering we'll be together forever. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Clayton
Being called a cult typically comes from misunderstanding or lack of understanding. There are many rumors about Mormons that are just not true. Any detailed research of the Mormon doctrines will show you that we not only believe the same things as most of Christianity, but almost all of it can be taken from the bible. There is nothing unreasonable about Mormon belief or lifestyle. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Clayton
No, and just like anything else in the church, we are not required to preform any calling. There is a strong tradition of missionary work infused throughout the entire church, resulting in an emphasis for the young single adult males to give two years to the Lord by serving a mission. It is an intensely personal decision that is made between the individual and the Lord. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Clayton
If we were saved by grace alone, then we could do anything that we want and still get to heaven. But as James tells us, "faith, if it has not works is dead, being alone" (James 2: 17) Jesus Christ didn't teach all of those commandments for no reason, he wants us to keep them ("If ye love me keep my commandments" John 14: 16). But inevitably, we will fall short, and this is where grace comes in. Only after doing everything that we can to repent of our sins will the grace of Christ come in and redeem us from our sins. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Clayton
Faith is the opposite of 'seeing is believing'. Like when you plant a seed, you have faith that it will grow. It is also the first principal required to understand God and our purpose in life. This life is a test for us to prove ourselves to God. When we have faith, we can believe in God and receive help on our test. It is the basis to our relationship with our Heavenly Father and the key to happiness in this life and the life to come. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Clayton
No they do not. The Church takes the approach that they will teach us the principals of God and then leave it to us to support and up hold those standards. However they do encourage the members to be proactive in their government affairs. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Clayton
First and foremost, Heavenly Father has asked us not to. Going a step beyond that, our purpose is to live a life of purity after the example of Jesus Christ, and those particular substances do not give us a clean image or body. What most people forget is that Heavenly Father's health code contains more dos than do nots. He admonishes us to eat fruits, grains and vegetables and partake of all things in moderation. In comparison to the modern food pyramid, the similarities are striking. Also considering that the revelation on the health code was given back in the 1830s prior to any of the knowledge and research that we have today, we see the infinite wisdom that Heavenly Father has to give to us. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Clayton
It is God's stamp of approval. It is required for leadership in Christs church, along with essential ordinances such as baptism and eternal marriage. It truly is what makes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints unique. We are the only Christian denomination that claims to have authority to continue receiving revelation through a modern day prophet. Having this authority doesn't make us better than everyone else, rather it is a very serious responsibility that God will hold us accountable to. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Clayton
A prophet (like Moses or Noah) of God, sent to begin the building of Christ kingdom prior to the Second Coming of Christ himself. Through him, many precious truths, as well as additional scripture was revealed. He was an incredible man that literally went through heaven and hell for his Savior. You can find out for yourself that Joseph Smith is a prophet by reading the Book of Mormon -a book of scripture brought forth through Joseph Smith by the power of God- and asking God if it is true. He will answer you! Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Clayton
No, we don't. People typically mix up Mormons with their reformed break offs. Several of those groups practice polygamy, even though historically the commandment from the Lord to have plural marriages has been repealed. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Clayton
Why did Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon practice plural marriage? Because God told them to. So why did Mormons practice polygamy? Because God commanded us to. There is nothing new about the concept of polygamy. It is only a tool that the Lord sees fit to put in place on his own time. Any other reasons for it are God's reasons and the fact of the matter is that an all knowing, perfected being, who also happens to be the father of our spirits commanded that it should be done. It really all comes down to your faith in God. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Clayton
We try to follow the Savoir's example by selflessly serving all those around us. We know that the Savior and his apostles never received and compensation for their work. This translates into our church by having all positions be unpaid volunteer callings. Even the leaders of the church will receive no compensation for their work. Besides, we shouldn't have to pay for salvation. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Clayton
Many people are searching for truth and security in this crazy world. The church provides that through Jesus Christ. Or rather, Christ is providing that through his church. Sincere seekers of Christ recognize that he has restored his church on the earth and flock to this haven of security. many find the church to be a safety for their soul. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Clayton
Did Jesus only help other Jews? No! We are all children of God and deserve to be treated as such. The church has an incredible welfare program that strives to permanently enable people to become self reliant. And when ever there is a natural disaster, the Mormon Helping Hands are usually not to far behind. We enjoy contributing to humanitarian efforts. Show more Show less