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Hi I'm Clarke Ohlendorf

I'm a native Texan and youngest of 5 kids. I'm studying to become a psychologist, to help men be their personal best. I'm a Mormon

About Me

The opportunity and my ability to learn are so important to me. I love learning more about things of this world and how they relate to things of eternity. August 2012 marked the time I finished my classes for my bachelors in International Business, but is not the end of learning. Next year I plan to continue my education by applying to psychology masters and doctorate programs. It'll be difficult to be back in school, but I really look forward to the opportunity to learn how to help men improve and become their best selves and have the credentials to back my efforts! As I've just recently finished school for a little while, I am trying to restructure much of my time and what I focus my life around. I love to play racquetball. I also try to garden—a great way to connect with nature and appreciate what the Lord has given me. I also spend a good amount of time working with men who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction (aka same-gender attraction). I find it very fulfilling to help men in their journeys as they work to live their various faiths (some LDS, but most not). Helping them learn to develop and utilize the strengths they already have, instead of focusing on their potential weaknesses, is a great experience. I've seen so many men gain such hope and power as they work through their individual journeys and I love spending my time working to help them.

Why I am a Mormon

Christ is truly my own, personal, Savior and Redeemer. His Atonement gives me such great hope and knowing that He desires to forgive me gives me hope also. At times, having done some of the things I did in my past brought me very low. It has only been through focusing on repenting and learning to recognize my limits, allowing the Lord to take over after I've done what I can, that has gotten me through my lowest points. I can't think of a better cheerleader than Christ and I pray in gratitude often for His supporting me regularly. When my father died, November 2000, one of these low points set in. To combat the feelings I had, I tried using anti-depressants, but they were not what got me through that tough time. Only relying upon the covenant my parents made with the Lord, when they decided to seal their marriage and themselves together to the Lord for time and all eternity, and my faith regarding sealings helped me get through that time. I know that covenant is God-given and a true ordinance--that is what marriage truly is, an eternal gift. He has made it possible to be an eternal family and I know that I will be reunited with my father again after this earthly life. I look forward to that day with great anticipation. My work in this life is to learn what the Lord would have me do, how I can best follow Him, and to follow-through on what I learn. It is not always easy, maybe not even usually, to follow Him. However, when I do follow Him, I am ALWAYS happier and better off.

How I live my faith

Currently I am a Sunday School teacher for 14-15 year old young men and women. It is a great opportunity to help them better understand the scriptures, as it is a scripturally based class, and the faith that they have chosen to live. They are such a wonderful group of young people and inspire me with their desire to do and be as the Lord would have them live. Considering that I am a teacher, I feel an increased responsibility to earnestly live my faith. Studying the scriptures (Bible--Old and New Testaments--the Book of Mormon, words of the living prophets, etc) is one of the most essential things I know to be necessary in living my faith. A regular prayer life is also essential for me. I need both the opportunities to talk with God and to listen to Him. I'm not always great about listening in my "daily grind," but when I take time to study the scriptures, I can better hear His voice, and when I pray to Him, I have an opportunity to give voice and recognition to my needs and blessings--sharing with Him those things of which He is already, but I need help recognizing.

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

Clarke Ohlendorf
The Lord does love all of His children and wants us to be happy. We all have the opportunity to choose to be happy and to follow Him. Though we may experience same-sex attraction (SSA), that does not make us a sinner. However, to be faithful in following Him, we must not act sexually upon those attractions or feelings and forsake them, if we are acting upon such. One of the most important considerations regarding the idea of "homosexuality" or SSA is the difference between a person and their actions. Feelings do not inherently equal actions. As a core teaching of Christ and the Latter-day Saint faith, we are here on this earth to be tested and to make choices. Some choices are easier for some, while more difficult for others. Some people may have no trouble following the Law of Tithing contained in Malachi; others may find giving away 10% of their income an almost impossible test. Each of us has the ability to place Christ before any desire, including homosexual behaviors. Christ has given us a Law of Chastity, which applies to all. This Law specifies that sexual relations are only to occur within the bonds of marriage. Additionally, marriage is a divine bond which He has stipulated is to be a bond between a man and a woman. This special bond is intended to help and guide that couple in a special opportunity to grow in Christ and to raise children unto Him as well. Same-sex marriage does not fall within the Lord's guidelines for marriage or chastity. Show more Show less