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Hi I'm Clint Smith

I grew up not as a Mormon, but in a family who sought for answers to life's questions. I am now a Mormon!

About Me

I am a husband of nearly 26 years. I met my wife while attending Brigham Young University where I went to play football in 1985. I had returned from a Spanish-speaking mission in San Jose, California, came home, then walked on at BYU. My dream was short-lived though as a devastating injury ended my football career. I have 3 children, ages 15, 22, 24- the latter being married, the 22 year old working in Alaska. I work as an Elementary School Principal and have been in education for 16 years. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades and have been in administration for 8 years. My wife has taught school for 24 years- with a love for middle school Mathematics. I love college football, playing golf, and fishing. Nature is amazing and I enjoy being in the outdoors. Weather has always been a fascination for me and my dream some day is to chase tornadoes on the plains of the United States. I love having fun with my family and eagerly await grandkids when my children are ready to have families of their own. We moved to Utah for a simple reason- to be near our older children. Life is a challenge, but it is good to me and I am thankful for the daily blessings, struggles, and questions I have.

Why I am a Mormon

My life did not start out in the Mormon Church. Until I was 10, my family went from church-to-church, looking for answers to life's questions. We would pray, try to keep the Sabbath Day holy, but much was missing from our lives. My dad was a paint contractor and when I was 10, we painted a Mormon's farm buildings, fences, etc. Dad never had an issue with his painting not lasting 5 years or more. This particular place was different though- within a short time, the paint of the Mormon man's place began to peel off, leaving my dad with no choice but to go back and redo the job. We went back- the whole family helped with the job. This man saw our family altogether and told his wife that "this family needs the gospel". Then the man introduced my mom and dad to the church. Soon, this man and his wife started teaching missionary discussions to my parents in our home. A few weeks later, my mom, dad, and 3 children were baptized into the Mormon church. It was not easy as Satan went nuts trying to get my parents to go back to their old habits and stray from the church. However, my family persisted in living the gospel and today, some 38 years later, I am still a Mormon. I am Mormon today because of the goodness and rightness of the doctrine of this church. There have been things in my life that are unmistakable miracles, things that can only be attributed to following Jesus Christ, His teachings, and His example. I know that the priesthood and prophecy are two huge things in my life that the world rejects, but these things only make sense. In the Mormon Church, we believe families can be together forever and Temple Marriage, the sealing of familes together for Time, and All Eternity- this just makes sense and I believe it deep in my soul. God is real, not some imagined fairytale. I love Him, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the gospel that has been restored with full blaessings upon the earth. My life is truly better, richer, and filled with purpose because I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I have served in a variety of positions. I currently teach 14-15 year old students in Sunday School, this year focusing upon the Book of Mormon. I also work in the Provo, Utah Temple where I am an ordinance worker. Working in the temple is an amazing and humbling experience. I work there every Friday evening where my wife and I enjoydoing temple work. I am not a really preachy guy when it comes to my religion. I give my all in how I live and try to let my example speak for itself. I attend church every Sunday, try to be a good neighbor, a good employee, and a good friend to those who are friendless. I love people and do not feel I have to push my religion on anybody. If I live right, people will know who I am. Not to say that I shy away from speaking about or teaching my religion- when the opportunity presents itself, I am open and willing to answer any question put before me. My religion includes how I treat my family, how I try to pray daily as often as possible, how I include the scriptures in my life- on and on. Religion is not just a set doctrine, but I truly believe how I treat others and live my life in a way that makes people want to know why I am the way I am.