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Hi I'm Tony McClain

I grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and have lived in Texas most of my adult life. I'm a Mormon, and convert to the Church.

About Me

I'm 52 years old, have three grown sons and three grandchildren. I love golf but recently had back surgery so I won't be able to play for a while. I have the greatest profession, as a geologist, that I could ever want - can't wait to go to work every day. I've spent the last nearly 28 years applying the science of geology to the business of finding oil and gas. The most important thing to me in this life, is my wife and family. If those relationships aren't a going well, nothing else really matters.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The reason for my conversion is interesting, given I wasn't raised in a religious family and had no religious training of any kind. I remember going through a period in the early 70s when I was quite young, where I listened to a popular rock opera about the last week of the life of the Savior. "Superstar" wouldn't be considered by Church members to be a particularly good source of information about the Gospel or the life of Jesus, but given my upbringing it was the only source I had at the time, and if follows the Bible fairly closely. I found the story depicted in the opera to be extremely moving - and I didn't know why. Years later in college, when my future wife introduced me to the missionaries and asked if I would like to learn more, I said sure, thinking it would be a chance to learn more about her Church. As I took the lessons offered to me, I felt things that I'd never felt before, reminicent of some of the feelings I'd had in my childhood, but much more intense. I know now that those feelings were the Spirit of God, bearing witness to me of the truth of what I was hearing. Jesus really was the Son of God. He really did die for me and for all mankind, making it possible for us to return and live with Him someday. The Gospel, in its fulness, had been lost by the time the original apostles had died, and was, in fact, restored as a result of revelations given to the Latter-day prophet, Joseph Smith, in the early 1800s. Similarly, revelatory experiences led Joseph to the translation of ancient records which were published as the Book of Mormon. I accept this book as the word of God, and as an additional witness, along with the Old and New Testaments that Jesus is the Christ. Hopefully, my story will encourage others, who may have a feeling that there's something more to life than they are presently experiencing, to investigate further and to feel the power of the Spirit of God lead them home.

How I live my faith

I really enjoy serving in the Church. I've worked in many areas of Church service, but have probably spent the most time working with the youth in one capacity or another. I've been a Scoutmaster in our Church-sponsored Troop for about 5 years, and worked with the scouts in other capacities for probably over 20 years. I've also had the great opportunity to teach youth in a Gospel setting for many years. This has been one of the most rewarding things - to help young people to understand that they do, in fact, have a loving Heavenly Father, who knows them and is interested in them personally, and that his love for them is so great, that he sent his only Son to provide a way that we might all return to live with Him and with Them, again. It's a wonderful message of hope and encouragement in a world with lots of mixed messages and difficult challenges. I have to say that my life has been greatly enriched as a result of the many opportunities I've had to serve in various capacities, and I look forward to many more such experiences.