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Hi I'm Rdean M. Clark

I grew up in Utah, lived in Oregon and Oklahoma. A retired orthodontist. One of my six children has Down Syndrome.I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired health professional. I have an interest in sports having played football, basketball, tennis, and participated in track in high school. I am actually more interested in college sports than professional. I am now at a stage of life where I spend time watching some of my twenty four grandchildren participate in sports and other activities. I played golf when I was slightly younger than I am now. I attended a university and then dental school. I served as an army dentist at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for two years. I then returned to the dental school for specialty training in orthodontics. I practiced in Oregon for almost ten years before returning to Utah. I have 6 children. My fifth child has Down Syndrome. I have 24 grandchildren and am expecting my second great grandchild. I have an interest in family history related information. My wife and I have been married nearly fifty years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon. My father had not been able to serve a mission for our church because of family circumstances. He was the oldest son in a very poor family with a widowed mother. From the time I was a toddler he spoke to me about how much he looked forward to my serving a mission. When I was a senior in high school I knew that the question of going on a mission was facing me. I was an athlete being recruited to play basketball and football in college. I did not want to go on a mission. I dreaded telling my dad because I knew how disappointed he would be. I decided to be sure of what I should do. I had read The Book of Mormon about three times by that stage of my life. I decided to take the time to reread The Book of Mormon. But this time I committed to myself that I would pray about it, which I had not yet done. I prayed to ask if the book were true because of the promise given in the tenth chapter of Moroni verses four and five. "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Because of the powerful spiritual witness I received of the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon, I never had that talk with my dad. Instead, I served a mission for my church because it was important to me personally to do so. That witness was so strong that I still feel the power of it more than fifty years later. And it has motivated me to be actively engaged in trying to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve in His kingdom because of the love I feel for my God and my Savior, and all of mankind as my brothers and sisters.

How I live my faith

Over my lifetime I have served in my local church congregation as a volunteer in many different ways. I have taught Sunday School classes for both youth and adults. I have been a bishop (pastor) in three different congregations, one of which was for adults ages 18-30. I have also served in administrative positions in a group of congregations. I continuously served and continue to serve as a home teacher to assist and teach individual families in our congregation. I have served on a local school board for an elementary school in my community and also as a board member in an organization to assist individuals and families impacted by disability. Both of those experiences were during the time I was living in Oregon. I also volunteered as a soccer, basketball, and football coach for youth in my community. I coached children ages 6 to 16. I have tried to live a life of honesty and integrity as guided by the gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ. I have tried to show my acceptance and love for others, independent of their personal circumstances. Because I am now retired, my wife and I are now able to serve a mission for our church.