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Hi I'm Clifford

I love life and the adventures it brings! I enjoy spending time with my family and visiting the amazing world we live in

About Me

I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world, whom I met and fell in love with whilst I was a student. We have three incredible sons and one beautiful daughter-in-law! I have always enjoyed a very active life - whether playing football, climbing mountains, running marathons, playing tennis or just running around with kids in the garden, I love extending energy! I am a business professional and have enjoyed a career in strategy consulting and private equity - my roles have enabled me to work with and for some remarkable people and travel extensively around the world working in dozens and dozens of countries. Traveling is something we also enjoy as a family - we place a very high priority on family holidays and are fortunate to have visited many countries of the world and enjoyed marvellous sights and cultures. Our holidays also tend to be very active - with skiing, boating, hiking and any adrenaline-filled activities high on our list. I have a large extended family with lots of siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews to spend time with and 'spoil' as appropriate! I love music and especially love live music. We love going to concerts and enjoying the atmosphere and talents of musicians of all genres of music.

Why I am a Mormon

My Grandmother joined the church in the 1940's and my Father in the 1950's. My Mother joined the church when she was 17 and so I was blessed to be born and raised as a Mormon. Although I always attended and participated in Church whilst I was growing up, I needed to find out for myself whether the things I had been taught and learned from an early age were true. When I was 15, my older brother was killed in a road accident, and this made me question all the things I had been taught about Jesus Christ, the purpose of life, life after death and that God lives and is our loving Heavenly Father. I determined that if I did find these things were all true, then I would resolve to follow Christ and be a faithful disciple as we read of in the New Testament. As I sought to do so, my prayers became more sincere and I read The Book of Mormon and prayed to ask God whether the things I was reading were true. As I did so, I felt great peace and reassurance. I broadened my study and prayer to find confirmation of many important aspects of the Church. As I have grown older I have continued to try and live the commandments and teachings of Jesus Christ. Being a Mormon brings me great joy, peace and happiness! It enables me to know what is really important in life and helps me to make good choices when faced with conflicts or trials in my life. In particular I am so glad to know that I can be together with my wife and children after this life is over - my family mean everything to me! Although there is so much noise and conflict in the world around me, I get so much peace and tranquility by spending time with my family and enjoying fond memories and experiences. I enjoy every day of my life (even when tough things happen and tough situations arise) and wake up each day looking forward to what will lie in store.

How I live my faith

I have been an active participant in church service from an early age and continue to devote a great deal of my time in serving others. I taught a young boys Sunday School Class when I was 16 and served as a missionary for our church in Atlanta, Georgia. Today I have a responsibility which enables me to travel across Europe and meet with members of our church. It is wonderful to meet people from very different cultures and backgrounds - but who have embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are trying to follow His teachings and example in their lives. This common bond brings people of all nationalities, cultures and economic circumstances together. I am blessed to be able to be accompanied by my wife as we visit many of these cities and countries on assignment. As we meet with and address congregations of the Church - from groups of 50 young people, to full congregations of 1,000 - it is wonderful to encourage and reassure them. My wife has such strong faith and is able to relate to many newer members of the Church in particular as she joined the Church when she was 17. I have been blessed to lead congregations of the Church in England for the last 25 years as a Bishop and Stake President (oversee a number of congregations in a specific geographic area). Through this service I have met with and served with some remarkable people that have taught me greatly and helped me to become a better person. The most important type of service we give, however, are the informal acts of service: visiting widows, inviting people for dinner, helping clear up gardens of those unable to do so themselves, dropping off surprise gifts or packages to people in need etc. etc. These are the acts of service I remember most and have such tender memories of doing so with my wife and children. Many of these acts have been carried out anonymously - those have been the most special and memorable! I love to serve!