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Hi I'm Clair

I'm a daughter, sister, wife and friend. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied English, History and Education at University and now work as an English teacher. Part of my degree was studying "post-colonial" texts written by authors such as Chinua Achebe as well as Scottish writers like Janice Galloway. I also have a keen interest in American History which is complemented by a study of writings by Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Whilst teaching English I have the opportunity to re-read over and over many of my favourite books like The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird. I also enjoy reading and teaching plays by Shakespeare and Miller as well as the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy. But my favourite thing about teaching is feeling like I can make a difference. Working with teenagers can be challenging, but it is also inspiring and hopeful. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband. We love watching television, films and football. Our favourite team is Arsenal. I also enjoy socialising with friends and love to eat out - particularly Indian and Chinese food or a nice steak. I love to travel and have been very blessed with opportunities to do so. One of my favourite holidays was when I went to Singapore and Malaysia. However, my most treasured travel experience was when I attended General Conference in Salt Lake City and heard the apostles and prophet of the Lord speak. I have visited America a number of times as I can't get enough of the waterparks and rollercoasters.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a strong Mormon family and am a third generation member. My dad was a prominent leader who was well-known within the community. I have two brothers and two sisters and many members of my extended family are also Mormons. However, everyone has to choose their own path and make a decision about what they personally believe and in that sense we are all "converts" to the church. At the age of fifteen I decided that I needed to know whether or not the church really was true. I prayed about it and felt an overwhelming warmth in my heart and I began to cry tears of joy. I knew that everything I had been raised to believe was true. This made me realise that some things that I had done were wrong, and I had to repent and change my ways. Since then my testimony has grown and changed. I have experienced some trials and heartbreaks, and at times this has set me back, but I have always been able to get through anything with the help of the Lord. I know that the Lord has carried me more than he has walked with me, and I am grateful for the way that He keeps providing me with opportunities to be happy. I know that he has guided my path and brought me to my husband and my friends and my job. I know that living the laws of the gospel has made me a better person. It teaches me that following the Saviour's example is the way to true happiness. One of the greatest blessings in my life is the temple. As a child I was sealed to my parents and siblings, and as an adult had the opportunity to be sealed to my husband. This blessing brings me great joy as I know that if we are faithful we can be together forever. The temple is the most special place on earth; it is a place of love and peace and personal revelation. My testimony is best summed up in the words from this song: "I know God lives. I know He loves me. I know He hears me and He answers when I pray. I know His son is my Redeemer. And that He died for me that I might live eternally one day."

How I live my faith

As a member of the church I have had countless opportunities to serve in a variety of capacities. I currently teach a scripture study class before school every morning for teenagers aged 14-18. Although this can be tiring, I feel that studying the scriptures is a great way to set yourself up for the day. I have also been involved in weekly youth activities at the church as well as camps and conventions. I feel that when I was younger I enjoyed these opportunities myself, and so being a leader or helper in the youth gives me an opportunity to give something back. Once a month I go to visit other people from the church who have been assigned to me. I really enjoy this as I get the opportunity to get to know people better in their home environment. It can also give me opportunities to serve if they need any help. There are always opportunities to help people in other areas of church life. Once every six weeks I work on a Saturday night at a local soup kitchen. We regularly collect items such as toiletries or canned foods or clothes to donate to shelters or hospitals. I also attend both social and spiritual fuctions at church and usually bring along some soup or sandwiches or a curry.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Clair
Yes. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the plan of salvation. For most people their family is the most important thing in their life. Therefore it stands to reason that God would allow us to continue to be in our family units in the next life. It is a great comfort for people who lose family members to know that they will see them and be with them again. I know that the temple sealing power is real and is a great blessing in my life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Clair
While some people from other churches may say that we do not agree on some aspects and doctrines of Christianity, there can be no doubt that we believe in Christ. Our church bears His name and we have pictures of Him in our homes and churches and temples. We use his name in prayer and in talks and study his life in the teachings of the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon. I believe in Jesus Christ. I know that He is my redeemer and saviour. I know that He died for me and everyone who has ever lived on the earth. He is the most significant person who has ever lived and I give thanks to Him for his teachings and example but most of all the atonement which means that I can repent of my sins and be with God again. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Clair
Our churches are very similar to other churches in that they are usually local and have a chapel and a hall and other rooms which are used for classes. This is a place which we can go to every Sunday to worship God, and there are other social and sporting activities which take place there. The church is a place everyone can attend no matter their age or stage in the gospel. Indeed non-Mormons are most welcome to come to church services and find out more or worship. Temples are more sacred than churches. Before anyone can enter the temple they must go through a recommend process where they answer questions before priesthood leaders, who represent the Lord, to determine their worthiness to attend the temple. In the temple we practise sacred ordinances which we believe are essential to our salvation. Some people are lucky enough to be able to attend the temple regularly, although for most people it is a more special occasion especially if they live quite far away from their closest temple. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Clair
Yes, I really do. To me it seems odd to believe that there would be prophets in the early days of the world but not any longer. God needs people to be His spokesperson on earth as much today as in the times of Noah and Moses. I have seen Thomas S Monson speaking in person and I felt the truthfulness of the words that he spoke. He truly is a great man and for me there can be no doubt that he speaks the word of the Lord. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Clair
The law of the tithe is a wonderful opportunity. I know it might sound implausible but I believe that when you follow it you are both financially and spiritually blessed for it. I always remember a lesson I was taught as a child about tithing. Imagine you had no sweets and someone gave you ten, but then asked for one back. You would give it back in an instant. Tithing is no different. You have nothing except what Heavenly Father blesses you with so to give him 10% back is really no big deal. Tithing is more about faith than it is about money. If you have the faith to pay it I know you will be blessed so much that you won't have room enough to receive it all. Also on a more practical level I know that the money is used for a good purpose. It allows the church to finance everything that the members need as well as being able to donate to other important causes. As members of the church we enjoy beautiful churches and temples and receive free manuals and other study materials. Also many church activities are subsidised which means that everyone has the opportunity to participate regardless of their financial position. There is always money to help people who really need it whether they are local members or people from the other side of the world. Show more Show less