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Hi I'm Clif

I'm from Arizona. I'm a normal guy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy trying to squeeze as much good stuff out of life as I can. I love athletics, specifically soccer. I like to read, have worthwhile conversations, and work for an incredible non-profit organization. I refuse to let the opportunity for good times or good memories pass me by.

Why I am a Mormon

I try my best to be a Christian man, and I discovered early in life that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church. I struggled with that originally, because joining a church, following certain rules and guidelines, and having to sacrifice at times made me feel like I was putting God in a box, or worse, he was putting me in one. Although I was born and raised in the church, I was so grateful that when I finally had the nerve to tell my family and church leaders I wasn't sure if this was right for me. Rather than criticism or condemnation, they were excited for me, because they knew I'd finally find out for real that God is there, and is fighting for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith from the inside out. My most worthwhile minutes of each day are those I spend doing whatever it is that connects me with my Father in Heaven, which involve a lot more than just going to church. I used to think that, because so much despair and evil exists in the world, that Heaven must belong to God, and Earth must belong to Satan. I've recently realized that isn't true. This world, and everything in it, is God's, and which means people and things aren't inherently or automatically bad. We all are firstly, children of a loving God. No matter how hard bad stuff seems to come after us at times, I know that God is fighting even harder to help me find the incredible joy and happiness He has in store for all of us.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Clif
The answer to this question is the same as anything else that God asks of us. Of course he wants us to do good things, and stay away from things that ultimately won't make us truly happy, and a mission is no different. He wants us to serve because of the incredible goodness that comes from serving, as well as being served by others. However, he loves us enough to value our agency and freedom, and therefore will never force His children to serve missions, or any other request he asks of us. Show more Show less