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Hi I'm Clark

I'm a father, I'm a doctor, I'm a mountain biker, I love the ocean, I am serving as a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Pulmonary/ Critical Care physician. I love my work, especially serving other people and helping them with their lives. Working with other professionals to help those very near death recover their health is deeply satisfying. Research has also been an important part of my professional life and has included improving medical outcomes for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and septic shock. I am a father of 5 children and grandfather to 14 grandchildren. My family is the most precious part of my life. I love watching my family learn new things, grow and develop their talents, and help contribute in the community. I love to mountain bike. Whenever I get an opportunity I am in the mountains on my bike. I love a challenge of seeing if I can make it to the top of a hill. Then comes the exhilaration of making all the turns on the rugged downhill. Currently I am serving as a missionary. As a young man, I also served. The president of our church called me to serve again, this time as a mission president to train and supervise the young missionaries. As a missionary I get to see the other people learn about the gospel and receive the joy that comes from living as God would have us live.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because as I read scriptures and pray to my Father in Heaven, I feel His presence. I feel His love for me. I feel Him answer my prayers. I feel Him directing my decisions. He helps me with my work, my family, and anything that is important to me. As I seek Him and ask, I find God’s influence in my life. I find that as I keep the commandments of God, I find joy in my life. I also find that when I am not obedient, I am not happy. I love the scriptures. The Book of Mormon seems to open a channel to heaven. I find answers to my questions in its pages and feel the Lord with me. I am endlessly intrigued by the language, doctrine, and structure of sacred texts. I love the way the Bible and Book of Mormon fit together to provide a picture of who God is and what He expects of us. For me, there is comfort in the words of living prophets. I know that God loves us today and provides leaders to help us with the many problems and challenges of our modern world. The inspiration and wisdom that come from our leaders also are testimonies that God leads this church. My experiences every day lead me to trust that God lives and cares for me as an individual. He wants me to be happy and has given me a plan to be happy in this life and in the world to come. I have found for myself that God Lives, that he has revealed His word to us through ancient scripture and through modern prophets and apostles. As a family we have seen family prayer and scripture study bring into our home love, harmony, and peace. Living the gospel brings families great power for good.

How I live my faith

In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Alma is talking to his son Helaman. He tells him that by living the small and simple things, great things come to pass including God’s great and eternal purposes and the salvation of many souls. Alma 37:6-7 I try to do the small and simple things. In another book of Scripture, called the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord teaches that by doing the small things we lay the foundation for a great work. Doctrine and Covenants 64:33. That means I pray each day, several times per day. I read scriptures daily. I attend church each week. I fast each month and contribute 10% of my income as tithing. I follow the teachings of our modern prophets. I help and serve other people whenever I can. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I am his servant. I represent Him to do what He would do if He were here. My family gathers together each week in a Family Home Evening. We review events of the coming week. We review the past week and plan for the future. Then we have a night of fun, song, and study. When my children were small we would act out stories from the scriptures. We would play games telling each other of what we admired and were grateful for in each other. Now that our children are raised and married with families of their own, my wife and I continue to have a night together of Family Home Evening each week. We find that we can keep tuned into each other as we share our lives together. Currently I am serving as a missionary. I am able to teach the gospel and teach and train other missionaries how best to share the message of the gospel as restored through modern prophets. I also get to help young missionaries prepare for a life of being a faithful member of the church and an asset to the community.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Clark
The church is growing because those who investigate and join the church find they come closer to God. Their questions are answered. They come to know God and feel His divine help and His perfect love for them. Work, school, and family life all have more purpose, more focus, and more joy. Even though the church has many commandments, or rules, people find obedience liberating. Freedom from the burden of sin brings a feeling of peace. Freely choosing to obey God brings power and a feeling of great personal strength. Worshiping together in a community with other people also brings unity and strength. The sense of belonging, knowing that you can help others, and in times of need, others will be there to help you, secures confidence and a sense of well being. Show more Show less