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Hi I'm Clint Gurney

I'm from Utah, but have lived in UK, New Zealand, Australia, Indiana. I have 6 children and 14 grandchildren. I'm Mormon

About Me

Educated at the U of Utah, BA in Accounting, and at the U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MBA. Worked as an internal auditor at Kennecott Copper Corp 3 years when I was a student at the Bingham Mine in Salt Lake and summers in the Ozarks in Southeastern Missouri. Next Eli Lilly and Co in Indianapolis, which was a great company that afforded me great opportunities in finance and accounting. I had 10 different jobs in 13 years, most of which involved international work including a 3-year assignment in the UK as Financial Controller of a large manufacturing plant in Basingstoke and as Treasurer of UK Operations in London. In 1982 I accepted the position of Treasurer with the LDS Church. This began an exciting 26 years working up to worldwide head of finance and later Human Resource, and finally the Director Temporal Affairs for the Pacific Area located in New Zealand. After retiring from Church employment I was asked to be CEO and President of Deseret First Credit Union, which I did for over 2 Yrs. and retired in July 2012 Have also served on many boards including SHRM, HRCI, Zions Trust Companies, Ouelessebougou Alliance and DMBA. I love my family and we enjoy visiting grandkids. We live on a golf course and I still love playing. Am a BYU sports fan, particularly football. In our earlier days my wife and I loved to snow ski and camp. After Thanksgiving we're going on an 18-month mission to the Alpine German-Speaking Mission. We're veru excited.

Why I am a Mormon

I have loved the Church all my life. My parents raised me in the Church and always expected me to live the commandments. I have always had faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I first felt that when I heard my Mother pray at the dinner table. She said simple prayers, but she couldn't say a prayer without tearing up. I always felt that she knew God was there listening to her as a loving father would. Hence I have always felt that too. I know that I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father. He wants nothing but the best for me and my family. I also know that he loves each and every one of his children no matter what their circumstance, race, or religion. As I grew and learned about the precepts taught by our Church, I haved embraced our faith fully. Through study of the scriptures, the Bibel and Book of Mormon; fervent prayer, and listening to the words of our prophet and apostles, I have a firm testimony that the Plan of Salvation and Happiness taught by our Church is true. I am equally convinced that my eternal marriage to my spouse of 42 years is sealed in heaven and is indeed eternal, and that if I am faithful I will be with her and my children throughout eternity. I also love the structure of our Church. I believe that our wards and branches are a society of weak and humble members who are all supporting each other to become better. And that through consistent faith in Jesus Christ and repentence, we can become more like our Heavenly Father and return to live with him someday. I hope and pray that my wife and I can help the young people of Europe to become stronger members of this great Church.

How I live my faith

I have always been active in our Church. I have served in many service responsibilites including Seminary Teacher in New Zealand, Scoutmaster, sunday school and primary teacher, Bishop in Indiana and in England, High Councilman several times, Temple Prep instructor. I was just released as 1st Counselor in a branch presidency at the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center (MTC), where we were the ecclesiastical leaders for young missionaries training and learning the Tagalog language headed for the Philippines. We loved working with these young men and women. The assignment took much time including Sundays from 6:30am to 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday nights, and other times when needed. As we were training, giving talks in Sacrament Meeting, and teaching in Priesthood Meeting, we spent hours preparing. I loved interviewing these missionaries. There is a special Spirit at he MTC. Our missionaries stayed 9 weeks. We were always amazed at how much they progressed in 9 weeks. They grew in love for their companions and their district and their testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ increased dramatically. They left the MTC ready to go. My wife and I have raised all of our children to be faithful members of the Church. We feel blessed that all of them are active members. Four have married wonderful spouses in the temple.and now serve with their spouses in their various wards. One is a bishop in Austin Texas. Another is in a Bishopric in Utah. In addition they are or have been missionaries, seminary teachers, Auxiliary leaders, advisors, and teachers. It thrills me to watch them grow and participate. My wife and I are thrilled to soon leave for our mission together to Munich Germany. Our mission covers Southern Germany, all Austria, and 3/4ths of Switzerland. I'm thrilled to be returning to my mission where I served as a youth. We are feverishly learining and relearning German. Our assignment is to work with the Young Adults.