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Hi I'm Kevan Clawson

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am a writer and a book publisher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to a Mormon family, who attended church regularly. However, shortly after being baptized at the age of 8 my family left the church, and began attending other churches. Eventually my parents began attending the Calvary Baptist Church. I became an athiest. All during my teenage years I sought for answers to the meaning of life. Finally, in desperation, I decided to find out, once and for all, whether or not there was a God. When I was 19 I began studying all of the religions of the world. The two I like the most were Buddha and Confucius. I especially liked the idea that we had lived before this life (an idea that most Christian churches do not teach). As a last resort, I began to read the New Testament, and soon found myself converted to a belief in Jesus Christ. This then led me to read the Book of Mormon, which led me to be converted to the Mormon faith (the faith I had been brought up in!). When I was 20 I began attending Church for the first time since I was about 9 years old. For most of my life I have been a roofer (my father was a roofer). I worked on large commercial roofing projects as a project manager for over 40 years. I am currently a writer and book publisher. I have written 8 books that are available in LDS bookstores around the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for one simple reason: the Mormon Church teaches the truth. I spent years searching for the meaning of life, and the 'truth' about our existence. And although I discovered great truths being taught in other religions and philosophies, ONLY the Mormon Church had a fulness of the truth. I still love the Buddha, and Confusius, and other religious leaders (such as the Christian protestant leaders) and the truths I discovered in my studies of these religions. That is the wonderful thing about the Mormon faith-- you do not have to give up the truths you have already come to know and love-- you simply add to them. The Mormon Church will give you a fulness of the truth. I have now been an active member for almost 40 years, and each day I learn more things--more truths--about life, about my religion, and about our future life after death. We call this eternal progression: the ability to continue to grow and learn and discover new things, until someday (long after this life is over) we will know all things. I cannot think of another religion or philosophy that has such an expansive and exciting view of life than does the Mormon Church.

How I live my faith

My church participation seems to have fallen into three categories: missionary work, quorum leadership, and teaching. I have served as a missionary for more than 15 years: a full-time missionary at age 21; as a local missionary for many years; as a local Mission Leader; and a Stake Mission leader. My wife and I served a part-time mission at the Utah State Prison teaching english and job skills to inmates; two part-time missions aboard the USNS Mercy with LDS Charities (she seved as a medical provider aboard the hospital ship and in-country, while I worked with the Seabees in remodeling medical clinics, schools, and orphanages); and we are currently preparing to serve another full-time mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have served in the Elders Quorum Presidency (for men), as the President of the Seventies Quorum (for missionaries), as High Priest Group Leader (for older men), and as General Priesthood Leader (in Ohio I was placed over both the Elders and High Priests, because the ward was so small). Over the years I have served as a teacher in the following classes taught in church: Gospel Doctrine twice, the Seventies Quorum, the High Priest Quorum, Teachers Quorum twice, Missionary Preparation, Marriage and Family, Stake Institute, Temple Preparation, and the Investigator class. I have enjoyed missionary work, and teaching the most (they are basically the same thing ! ). There is something very fulfilling in teaching people about Jesus Christ. It is exciting both for those who are learning about the gospel, and the person teaching-- both receive a special witness by the Spirit about the truth of the gospel principles.