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Hi I'm Erik Clemens

I'm a runner. I love researching my family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of Latter-Day Saints. I love listening to piano covers of popular songs. I started running when I was thirteen, and my favorite race is the 800-meter run. Nothing compares, though, to a long run or hike through the beautiful mountains and canyons of Utah. I enjoy building robots, and I'm studying to be an electrical engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of this church for my whole life, but I don't attend solely because it's what my parents taught me to do. I know for myself that this church is true. This knowledge began as simple faith in the power of prayer. I know from experience that when I pray, God hears me and will answer me in the way that is best for me. With an understanding of prayer, my faith has been able to grow in other areas. I have prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true, and have received countless confirmations that it IS God's word. I have prayed when I needed solace, and learned that the Atonement of Jesus Christ helps heal us from all of our pains and suffering, as well as our sins. I know that Christ lives, and that he knows and loves every single one of us. I have prayed to feel the Holy Ghost, and have learned that Joseph Smith, Thomas S. Monson, and all of the other leaders of this church are prophets of God. I have prayed to understand the importance of temples, and known that I truly can be with my family for eternity. It may not always be easy to obey God's commandments, or to go out of my way to help someone else. When I do, however, I am filled with a joy that far exceeds any difficulty I experienced. I know that this joy will continue into eternity, so long as I remain obedient. I am constantly in awe of the power of the Lord, and am deeply grateful for His mercy and love.

How I live my faith

I serve as secretary for the group of men (called the elder's quorum) in my congregation. I also participate in church choirs, and I love how music helps me draw nearer to God. I love attending classes at my local institute of religion. I try to live my faith every moment by following the example of Jesus Christ. He dedicated His life to the service of others, and He chose to die so that we might be forgiven and return to live with Him. This brings great peace to my life, and I strive to share that peace with others. Because I know of Christ's love for me and all mankind, I am always looking for ways to help and encourage others.

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

Erik Clemens
Absolutely! Families are a key part of God’s plan for His children. Within the family unit, principles of love, respect, work and cooperation are taught, along with many others. When a husband and wife are “sealed” in the temple, they make eternal promises to each other and God. In return, God promises to use His power to unite the couple in this life and the eternities to come. This special type of promise, called a covenant, is also extended to link children to their parents. Our understanding of eternal families provides incredible solace at times of loss, and is one of our major motivations in doing genealogy. By studying our family histories, we honor those who have gone before, and learn more about ourselves. Family history work also enables us to perform temple sealings in behalf of our deceased family members. Should they choose to accept these covenants, our families can then be eternally linked across generations. Show more Show less

What are Mormon temples used for?

Erik Clemens
Our temples are considered sacred. They are dedicated as Houses of the Lord on Earth, and His presence can be felt there. Worthy Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) can visit temples to learn God’s answers for their personal questions, and temples have many spaces reserved for thinking and communing with Him. Latter-Day Saint temples are also dedicated places where prepared individuals can make covenants (promises) with God. These covenants are often made through sacred ceremonies called ordinances. Due to the sacred nature of the ordinances, details are not discussed outside of the temple. The crowning ordinance is the sealing, through which families can be linked together for eternity. This means that their familial relationships will continue forever, even after this life. Temples also serve as locations for saving ordinances to be performed in behalf of the dead. Saving ordinances are those covenants that need to be performed for us to receive God’s greatest blessings, both in this life and in life after death. Since many of God’s children have not had the opportunity to make such covenants, proxy ordinances exist to give them that choice. A worthy member of the church, often a family member of the deceased, performs the ordinance in behalf of that person. Those who have passed away into the Spirit World have the choice to accept or decline these ordinances. Without the proxy ordinance, however, this choice would not be available. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Erik Clemens
We are strongly encouraged by our church leaders to serve missions. However, missionary service is not required for church membership or even temple admittance. If it’s not required, why do we have so many missionaries? Our choice to serve as missionaries comes from our love of Jesus Christ and for our brothers and sisters. We have been extremely blessed to have God’s truth in our lives, and we want to share those blessings with others. Missionary service also helps us express our gratitude to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less