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Hi I'm Clint

I was born and raised in Alpine, Utah. I now live in Mountain View, California with my wife and 1-year old daughter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I moved to the Bay Area last year right before we had our first child and we have loved every minute of it. Our daughter is always up for an adventure (she went to a Stanford football game when she was four weeks old), so we are constantly exploring new places. I work for a tech company (no, not Google) and bike to work as often as I can. I'm also a big soccer fan (not just during the World Cup), have played since I was four and am playing on an indoor soccer league with our company. I had the unique experience of growing up on a "farm", which consisted of several orchards with thousands of apple and peach trees. We try to make it back to Utah during August (when the Red Haven peaches are in harvest). That experience taught me to work hard and enjoy the outdoors. We recently took our daughter on her first camping trip to the Redwoods.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, an upbringing for which I am very grateful. In my opinion, every person, regardless of whether someone was born in the church or not, will have their faith tested and will need to decide for themselves whether they will follow Jesus Christ and live His commandments, or not. For me, it was not an overnight "conversion" - it was a series of choices over many years. Christ has said, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). I did my best to live the commandments, and in certain moments I have felt God's love and seen His hand in my life. I've learned a lot about our Heavenly Father after having our first child. I know that God loves us and wants us to grow. Sometimes, that means letting us learn through challenges and allowing us to figure things out on our own. Other times, He guides us more directly and helps us avoid poor choices. I have seen this pattern over and over again in my life and I am learning every day how to recognize God in my life. I live the gospel now because it blesses me, my family, and those around me. I've seen it change lives for the better. I want to live with my family forever and I want to do good and serve others in this life. I want to make the world a better place and I want to eventually return home to God having done everything I could to serve Him here.

How I live my faith

The Mormon religion gives so many opportunities for service. I work with the youth group, ages 12-18, in our church, so I do my best to help teach lessons on Sunday as well as coordinate activities during the week that help the kids gain skills and have fun together. I also translate for our sacrament services into Russian (I served my mission there and we have a few Russian-speaking members) and do my best to serve in other ways (helping families move in and out of apartments, helping other families in the church, etc.).