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Hi I'm Clark

I'm an Army ROTC cadet, I'm a college student, I'm a husband and father of 2 (one on the way), and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was married September 1st of 2012 to my sweetheart, Julie. I currently attend Brigham Young University and I'm majoring in Exercise and Wellness. The plan is create a career for myself in the health field using my opportunities in the military to further serve and love those around me. Growing up while being taught the teachings of Jesus Christ and seeing the positive examples of my parents, siblings, and friends is the reason I love life as much as I do. Without the direction of God, my Heavenly Father, I would be lost, wandering aimlessly simply trying to attain as much physical/temporary pleasure and satisfaction as possible. I served a mission in the Central American country of Honduras from 2009-2011. There, I saw great examples of the influences of both God and Satan. Those who lived the teachings of Jesus Christ, being selfless, loving, hard-working, and family focused were filled with hope, peace, and purpose. Those who concentrated simply on personal pleasure and gain, suffered. I chose to be an example of those that follow Christ. In high school I wrestled, sang in multiple choirs, ran track, played tennis, played the tuba in marching and concert band, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The teachings of Jesus Christ gave me purpose and desire to perform my very best in all that I did, and it also helped me avoid damaging substances such as alcohol that would have, at the very least, hindered my athletic and academic performance.

Why I am a Mormon

I'll be honest, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was eight years old primarily due to the fact that my parents are members. However, the reasons why I've stayed and chosen to continue living the teachings of Christ is because I know that if I do my part, God will bless me with a family that I can love and cherish for this life, and even after. He offers this blessing to ALL who desire to do as He directs. We show that desire through our choices to be obedient to His teachings, and He is bound by His own laws to give us the blessings and comfort that come from our correct decisions. He wants us to succeed. He wants us to be happy. He hasn't abandoned us. All we must do is honestly strive to do as He asks, and He will give us what we need to return to Him. I know that God's son, Jesus Christ, is the only way that we can receive forgiveness from God for our many mistakes. I also know that He desperately wants us to use the sacrifice that He made on our behalf to cleanse ourselves from selfishness and pride. He welcomes us all and rejects none who truly desire to do as He directs. Try, and you'll see.

How I live my faith

Today I simply trust in the Lord and follow the direction He gives me, whether it be through the communication He provided in the past to prophets of old such as Moses, direction through the living prophets of today, or personal revelation through prayer and living obediently to His commandments. Some ask why I choose to be obedient to words from a God that I've never seen in this life and why I would trust Him enough to listen as He speaks to me through a prophet in this day and age. The best reason that I have would be that I've tried it, and I feel that it's right. Whenever I follow the counsel that I've received, I'm happier. When I don't, I eventually (if not immediately) feel disappointment, regret, and sadness. Guilt is to the spirit what pain is to the body: A sign that something is wrong. I try to follow Christ's example in my service to others and in my continual efforts to learn about the truths of this life and the eternal life after. I know my purpose here on earth is to become a father, live my life in righteousness, and guide my wife and children under the direction of God's commands so that we can be truly happy. A happiness that doesn't end with death.

What is being a Mormon like?

Clark
I think the most accurate word to describe my feeling about being a Mormon is, secure. The answers to all of life's important questions are there, you can find out for yourself, and it's great news! We were sent to this earth by a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to learn and achieve true happiness. As such he's given us some rules so that we can avoid misery. Today He guides us through the exact same way that He's always used. A Prophet. He's looking out for us and is working hard for our success in this life and the next. All we have to do is choose to do as He asks. Easier said than done, but definitely worth it. Show more Show less