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Hi I'm Wesley Clark

I was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. I am an Eagle Scout, bass player, Taekwondo Black Belt, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Indiana to a loving LDS family. I earned my Black Belt in Taekwondo at age 19 and have significant experience in other martial arts as well. I am also an Eagle Scout as well as a skilled jazz bassist. I recently started school at Brigham Young University-Idaho studying music. Though most of my musical skill is mostly jazz-based, I also have a deep appreciation for the music of Handel, Bach, Mozart, and other Baroque and Classical composers. I have also been called to serve a mission in the Chile Santiago West Mission and am eager to share the gospel to the Chilean people.

Why I am a Mormon

Why do I choose to be a Mormon? Because I know this church is true. Plain and simple. Of course, people with opposing views may think I'm biased since I was raised in the church, but it is not always easy to live the standards of the church in my hometown. Where I grew up, people have very liberal views, and the beliefs of the LDS church are not very popular. To add to that, some of my best friends growing up have since left the church, and some have even developed very negative views of the church. By now, most of my childhood friends are either non-Mormon or inactive, with only two or three still actively practicing the faith. I chose to stay in the church because I know that it's true, even if what we believe is not always popular. I promise that if we choose to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can experience a fullness of joy that we cannot obtain from the world.

How I live my faith

On November 30, 2015, I received my mission call to serve in Santiago Chile. This means I will spend two years of my life serving the people of Chile and teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Prior to this calling, I also helped teach many lessons with missionaries serving in Indiana. I am very enthusiastic about sharing the gospel with others and will gladly answer any questions people may ask about our faith to the best of my ability.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Wesley Clark
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is one of the events that is central to our religion. It is also difficult to fully understand, and even I am trying to understand it further. What we know is that in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ suffered all of our mental and physical pains, sicknesses, and sorrows, and upon the cross He suffered death itself, which He ultimately conquered. By overcoming these things, He has allowed many things to be possible. Firstly, we are able to repent and overcome any sin. Christ paid the price of our transgressions with the Atonement, and by having faith in that, and by doing our part in making amends for our sins, repentance is always possible. Second, He allows us to return to our Heavenly Father's presence. Because of the Fall of Adam, and because we our all imperfect, we alone would remain unclean, and no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. However, the Atonement of Christ paid this price as well. If we follow the commandments of God, we can be made clean through Christ's atonement. Thirdly, we can be resurrected. By overcoming death, Christ has made it possible for us to be resurrected as well at His Second Coming. There is infinitely more to the Atonement than is covered here, but nobody can describe in words the full meaning of the Atonement. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Wesley Clark
The Book of Mormon is called "Another Testament of Jesus Christ" on the front cover. The Bible is one witness, and the Book of Mormon reinforces the truth by being a second witness. They compliment each other in many ways, but a few things set them apart. First off, the Bible takes place in the Middle East, while the Book of Mormon deals with Christ's dealings in the Americas. We believe that after Christ was resurrected and ascended into Heaven, He visited the inhabitants of the Americas and taught them the word of God (covered in 3rd Nephi starting in Chapter 11). The Book of Mormon is also more accurately translated than the average edition of the Bible. As for the question "did Joseph Smith receive the gold plates or the Book Mormon?", the Book of Mormon is Joseph Smith's translation of the gold plates. The gold plates are a compilation of teachings of prophets living in the Americas as early as 600 B.C. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Wesley Clark
Our eighth Article of Faith States: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God." Yes, the LDS church accepts the Bible as scripture. In English, we use the King James translation of the Bible, but there are a few translation inaccuracies in some of the verses, so in our copies they include footnotes in the bottom of the page that offer a more accurate translation for those phrases. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Wesley Clark
The issue regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage is complicated to say the least. Our official stance is that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and that same-sex marriage goes contrary to our doctrine. However, church leaders strongly encourage us to be loving of all of God's children, and that includes people with same-sex attraction. I actually have a cousin who's gay, and we all love him and accept him. We may not entirely approve of the lifestyle he chooses to live, but he is still a part of our family and always will be. Our doctrine concerning marriage is eternal and unchanging, and so is the commandment to love one another. Show more Show less