Sister Sue Clark shares her story


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For the past 10 years, President Kim B. Clark has served as the president of BYU-Idaho, and Sister Sue Clark has supported him by his side.

“When I first met Sister Clark, I knew she was close to the Lord,” said President Clark in a 2009 devotional titled, “Has There Been So Great Love in All the Land?” “I recognized the light in her eyes and the virtue in her heart. It was inspiring to be with her.”

Sister Clark said she and President Clark will be married for 44 years in June.

“His love of learning and also his love of the gospel,” Sister Clark said. “That’s the first thing that really drew me to him.”

Sister Clark said she noticed a few things about President Clark from the beginning.

“I’ve always loved curly hair,” Sister Clark said. “His blue eyes, too. Everyone in my family had brown eyes. So, it got kind of boring not having any blue-eyed people. And so I was attracted to those blue eyes.”

Sister Clark said they met in their student ward at BYU, and she invited him and his roommates over for dinner.

“We met, and both of us individually were impressed the first day that we were together,” Sister Clark said.

She said she knew that day they would get married, and she said President Clark had the same impression.

Sister Clark said President Clark did not actually propose.

“Because of that spiritual prompting, our romance progressed pretty quickly,” Sister Clark said. “We bought the ring together. We went to the store and picked it out. The whole thing was a team effort.”

Sister Clark said things worked out well during their engagement, but they also ran into some difficulties.

“He wanted to go back to Harvard right away,” Sister Clark said. “And I didn’t want to move to Boston.”

Sister Clark said she would cry sometimes because she did not want to move, and President Clark would assure her that the ward and area were nice.

“This one night, he got frustrated with me,” Sister Clark said. “And he stood up and said, ‘So, maybe what you really want is to marry a seminary teacher from Podunk, Utah, but that’s not me.’ And when he said that I thought, ‘That’s not what I want! I want you! And you’re going to Harvard, so I’m going to Boston!’”

Sister Clark said at that moment, she realized she would need to make sacrifices because she wanted something good.

“We loved Boston,” Sister Clark said. “It was a great place. We lived there for 34 years. Our children were all born and raised there, so it was home. It really was home.”

Sister Clark said when she and President Clark first came to BYU-I, Rexburg really became home for them even though neither of them had ever been to Rexburg.

“We came here as strangers,” Sister Clark said. “But from day one we have felt so welcomed and loved by the people here in Rexburg, and when you’re loved like that, it becomes family, and then it is hard to go.”

Sister Clark said she wants the students to know she has loved being a mother to her children.

“That is the sweetest thing in this whole world,” Sister Clark said. “Of all the things that Kim has done professionally, nothing compares to being a father.”

Sister Clark said being a parent is hard, but it has taught both her and President Clark patience.

“That has been our biggest accomplishment,” Sister Clark said. “Raising seven children that all got married in the temple, who are bringing us the most amazing grandchildren.”

Sister Clark said one of the things that has helped them most as a couple is communication together and with the Lord.

“Communication is probably one of the best focuses you can make,” Sister Clark said. “Communication together is so important, but it works so much better if you include the Lord. You want to have the Lord’s guidance.”

Sister Clark said after President Clark is released as BYU-I’s president, they plan on settling in Heber City, Utah.

“We plan to serve the Lord for the rest of our lives,” Sister Clark said. “We will go wherever we are called to go.”



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