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Hi I'm Claire

I am a vegetarian, a rainbow guide leader, a doctor, a mum and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mum of four beautiful children. Like most mothers, my life is a balancing act. I like to take time to do those things that are important; snuggling and listening to my children, spending time with my hubby, visiting a friend in need, going to church and building a personal relationship with God. I try to always keep my eyes and heart open to the small miracles and blessings I see each day that remind me that I am loved and a child of God. I'm not a medical doctor, but I received my PhD in Plant Molecular Biology in 2007 after four years of research and study (and two children). I have used my PhD to work part time as a Science tutor but mainly to show my children that 'mummy used to be smart!' and what they can achieve if they put their mind to it and work hard. Through my daughters I discovered girl guiding and have trained and become a Rainbow guide leader. With help from a team of other volunteers, I run a Rainbow unit in our area. We have lots of fun indoors and outdoors. I have become passionate about the girl guide cause to encourage girls to aim high and to do their best! I am known in the district as being 'the leader who sings' and find many opportunities to introduce well known LDS primary songs into our Rainbow song repertoire: such as popcorn popping, hinges and children all over the world.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was fourteen I read the Book of Mormon for the first time, although I had been brought up in the Mormon church and was familiar with the stories, it was not until I read that book of scripture that the light of testimony started to burn within me. I knew simply that it was true. I truly felt closer to God from reading it. I cannot exactly describe the feeling of light and joy that I, just a young girl experienced and still feel every-time I read the scriptures and feel God´s love for me, it is wonderful! At that time I had no idea of the challenges just around the corner, soon after finishing the book my dad lost his job and I was sent from my home in the Middle East, across the world to a boarding school in England so that my education would be stable during this time of uncertainty. My testimony of the Book of Mormon that I had only just gained, helped me stay true to the faith when I was far from home and for the most of the time, alone in my faith.   I have since read the Book of Mormon many times, it is a true testament of Jesus Christ and every time I read from it I learn and understand more of the great love that our Savior Jesus Christ has for us.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith daily. As a family we pray together morning and night and we read from the scriptures. Personally, I try to start the day by reading and pondering the scriptures and kneeling in prayer but sometimes my day starts abruptly when the children jump on me and I have to make the time to study later on! My faith is an integral part of who I am, I have had so many witnesses of God's love in my life that I just cannot deny that he is there. In essence I am a scientist, I studied zoology and worked hard to gain my doctorate in plant molecular biology. I like to question and I like to know and understand. I apply the same principles in my faith: I have questioned and found the answers to my questions, the Holy Spirit also witnesses truths to me. Moroni 10:5 says 'by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things'. The more I learn about the world the more I realize just how amazing this world is. Some wonder how I can be religious and a scientist at the same time, I see God as 'the master scientist' and he knows all, we are merely scratching the surface in discovering the 'hows'.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Claire
The simple answer is 'no, it is not requirement. However, when you are truly converted you will want to share the gospel with everyone around you. This is how I feel, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the most precious gift that have to give and I have a great desire to share it. There are times I would like to 'shout it from the rooftops' but then people would just think I was a crazy person! I try not to be pushy in my missionary efforts and I respect my friends other beliefs as they do mine, although I wish that they would ask me more about my faith. So many times I see my friends struggle in life and I know that the knowledge I have would help them. Missionary work is motivated by love, love for our Savior and love for each other. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Claire
We don't drink coffee, tea and alcohol because God has asked us not too. For me, I love God, I trust him and I know he wants whats best for me (as a parent I really understand this now!) so I choose to obey this law of health which was revealed to his prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. As a scientist, I also know the proven health and lifestyle benefits of abstaining from these addictive, and this helps me see further God's great wisdom. I have never felt deprived, and enjoy a healthy active life as a result. The law of health also encourages us to eat healthily, grains, fruit, vegetables and meat, everything in moderation. In addition I have chosen to be a vegetarian, some of my friends get confused and think this is 'another Mormon thing' but it is not. It is just my choice because I like animals and if I can get by without eating them, I would rather not! I made this choice when I was 8 years old (much to my mum's displeasure but I guess I was a stubborn child!) and like my faith, is a part of who I am. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Claire
Jesus Christ is Son of God, the Savior of the world. He is our personal Savior. He loves us and is our advocate with the Father. One of the requirements for us to return to God the Father, is that we need to be perfect. However, we are not perfect, we have all made mistakes (and still do!). Jesus knew this and volunteered to come to Earth, to live a perfect life, resisting temptations, and to then offer his perfect life as a sacrifice for sin. He paid the price for our sins so that we can repent and become clean. Like the time I boarded a bus with my three kids and found myself to be 20p short of the fare, desperate for mercy so I could get home with the kids but also aware that the bus driver needed the full amount, I was so grateful to the lady behind me who gave me of her own money, the extra money! Jesus Christ is like this wonderful lady, he makes up the difference! he pays what we can't pay ourselves, showing us love and mercy yet fulfilling the requirements of a just God. Show more Show less