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Hi I'm Candace Clyde

I'm a Mormon. I'm newly married, live in the Carribean, just got my Masters, and excited to start a family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the church. I come from a family of 8 kids, which means I always had friends! I was raised in Camarillo, CA near the beach, fresh fruit in the backyard, and plenty of neighborhood kids. It was a great childhood, and living close to extended family meant regular family gatherings. When I turned 8, we moved to Texas. My family lived in the Houston, TX area for 11 years, moving 3 times. This was a time of great development for me. My love for music was cultivated through piano and participation in substantive school choir programs. In middle school, I played volleyball and basketball, and then switched to soccer in high school. Four years of early morning seminary, participation in church youth programs, and some unique learning experiences helped formed the core of my young testimony. I left home to attend college at BYU in Provo, UT and my family moved to Palmyra, NY. During summer breaks, I worked at all the Church Historic Sites in the Palmyra area. Two years later, I left on my mission to Portugal. As I served the people of Portugal, I gained a love for them, and my testimony of the gospel matured. After my mission and some hard life experiences, I finished my bachelor's degree and began a career. Later, I started working at a university, where I pursued my masters degree. Recently, I met and married my husband, whose employment brought me to Puerto Rico. Now, we are starting our life together on the promises of our temple covenants and faith in Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

The Mormon faith is not just a belief, it is a way of being and living, which requires an individual, personal knowledge of its truthfulness. Even though I was raised a Mormon, I needed to gain my own knowledge and testimony it was true. This process started as a teenager. As I read the Book of Mormon daily and prayed, I felt a peace and assurance telling me the book was true. I began to see a correlation between the happiness I felt and living the principles of the gospel. I began applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ and feeling the power of repentance in small ways. One day, I had the special experience of praying in the Sacred Grove, like Joseph Smith, to know if the gospel principles were true and if the LDS Church was the restored church of Jesus Christ. I did not have a vision, but like Joseph Smith, I left the Sacred Grove knowing it was true. Since that day in the Sacred Grove, my testimony and knowledge have continued to grow as I find guidance, strength, and peace living the gospel principles. As I have entered the temple and made covenants with my Heavenly Father, I have gained a deeper understanding of the eternal nature of the gospel principles, families, Heavenly Father's plan for us, and how the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes it all possible. These truths, and the promises attached to them, are found only in and through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know Heavenly Father loves me, and his promises for eternal life and eternal families are real. Heavenly Father lives, Christ lives, His church is restored on the earth again, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday by looking for opportunities to serve those around me. My husband and I read the scriptures and pray together on a daily basis. We also have family home evening every Monday night. Within my ward, I serve as the Young Women's President and the Sacrament meeting pianist.