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Hi I'm Clay

I'm a Yankee turned Southerner. I'm a devoted family man. I work in an ER. I'm much better looking in person. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been happily married for almost 14 years (as of 1/2012). She's truly amazing and somehow manages to put up with all of my faults (not the least of which is my corny sense of humor). We've been blessed with 4 beautiful daughters. I count my wife and my daughters as the best things that have ever happened to me. I work as an ER physician, and although my line of work can be very rewarding, it's also challenging. What really motivates me is knowing that I have a family who loves me and depends on me (I sure depend on them!). They make it all worth it. I have a lot of interests but don't always have time to pursue them all. With the ages of our girls right now, much of my free time is spent with my family, and I wouldn't have it any other way. We love to do things as a family. Fortunately, all of my girls love the outdoors and LOVE going camping--I'm talking *real* camping, none of this RV nonsense :). On Friday nights, if I'm not at work, we have what we call "Friday Night Party Night" as a family. It usually involves eating pizza, popping popcorn, and playing games or watching a movie together. The older I get, the greater appreciation I have for the simple things in life. I'm incredibly grateful to a loving Father in Heaven for all He has given me. I'm so grateful that He has provided a plan that can enable me to be with my family forever, through the gift of His Son. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation for everything that's good in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm fascinated by human behavior. Studies in "nature vs. nurture" have always interested me--what makes people do the things they do? While both our genes (nature) and our upbringing/environmental conditioning (nurture) undoubtedly play a significant role in making us who we are, they ultimately do not determine our destiny in God's plan--our choices do. One fundamental and very empowering tenet of our faith is that we believe everyone born into this life has the gift of agency, or the ability to choose for themselves how they will live and who they will become. In my experience, individuals who choose to adhere to God's principles of truth and righteousness enjoy real peace and happiness in their lives, regardless of whether they fully understand or recognize that those principles actually come from God. Those who reject true principles, by choice or due to lack of knowledge, simply can't attain this same measure of happiness (again, whether they realize their choices are in opposition to God's laws or not). I've never found any exceptions to this observation. By means I cannot comprehend, Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, provided the way whereby I can partake in true peace and happiness. For some reason, He loved me enough to atone for my mistakes and die for me. Without the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our ability to choose would be voided. Through His Atonement, I have been given the opportunity to follow Him. The more I align my life to His principles/teachings, the more I am blessed with peace, joy, confidence, and understanding, despite living in a world that is filled with chaos, misery, uncertainty, and confusion. I know that following the Savior leads to this happiness because I've experienced this personally again and again in my own life. This is why I'm a Mormon. When I follow the Gospel of Christ as taught within my faith, I experience a measure of peace and happiness that I have not been able to attain by any other means.

How I live my faith

One of Christ's most simple and yet most profound admonitions is to "Love thy Neighbor." I try to live my faith by following this powerful and life-changing directive, although I often fall short. I'm pricked in my heart when I read the oft-quoted words of Gandhi when he lamented, "“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” As a Christian, I hope that the people I interact with every day--my neighbors--will know that I am a follower of Christ by the way I treat them. I'm far from perfect, but I certainly try :).