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Hi I'm Clayton

I'm from Utah. I studied in Chicago. I served a mission in Paris. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a family of 5 kids in an idyllic neighborhood. I was always excited by large cities so I decided to study architecture in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology. It was an awesome adventure and a chance to live in a setting of diverse opinions and backgrounds. During the middle of my studies I left on a mission to Paris. I had studied French for 6 years and had always dreamed of going there; the language was still difficult. I got a thorough dose of rejection among a people generally disinterested or skeptical of any religion. But I also met many amazing, faithful people and I really value my mission. My fourth year of studies I returned to Paris for a semester and played tour guide to my school mates. Now I am working towards becoming licensed as an architect while working at a design company in Provo, Utah. My family adopted three teens from Ukraine and we have come to love them and enjoy the cultural experiences they contribute to our family.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised a Mormon, I've had ample opportunity to leave this church. I believe Christ leads the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I choose to follow him. My testimony has been strengthened by numerous personal spiritual experiences that I consider gifts from god. I've also learned from periods of a lesser connection with god and witnessed the emptiness that follows a materialistic and self-centered life. I have faith to move forward.

How I live my faith

I believe in Jesus Christ as my savior and perfect example. Day to day I try to make choices that he would appreciate. I have learned many times over that I am happiest when I strive to follow his teachings and maintain a personal connection with him through prayer and scripture study. I try to be willing to keep commandments and follow heavenly promptings, even when difficult. I try to be aware of those who are struggling and reach out in some way.