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Hi I'm Clair

I am a retired Army Officer that loved serving my country, my family, my church, and Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired Army Officer. I work fulltime as a Business Marketing Manager to help support my wife's love for sharing gifts with our 23 grandchildren. I was raised in a small farming community. I enjoyed working on the Farm as a youth and it helped me earn money for college and my mission. Growing-up, I loved hunting and fishing with my family, but now I love reading, and spending time with my family. I am blessed with a wonderful wife who loves to help family, friends, and any of our Father in Heavens children. We enjoyed the opportunities we had of living in multiple areas of the country, while I served in the military. We made friends all across this great country and are very thankful for the opportunity of living in the United States of America.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he has restored His church through Joseph Smith. I know the church is true, because I have read, pondered, and prayed about the "Book of Mormon." My prayers were answered by the power of the Holy Ghost and I was told the book is true. I received confirmation of the truth of the following line of thinking. If the "Book of Mormon" is true (and it is). Then Joseph Smith had to have translated the book as he said he did. That also means that Joseph's testimony of the visitation of the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is true and that Joseph Smith was (an is) a prophet of God. With Joseph Smith being a prophet, then the church restored through him has to be true. And the Priesthood of God has been restored to the earth. The Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ's true church. I have had my prayers answered many times. We have been directed and received confirmation on decisions in our life that have benefitted our life. We have been comforted during sorrows and challenges during our life. My family has had our children and children healed when the doctors thought they would die. When our granddaughter was born the doctor told us she had a rare complication and they did not expect her to live. Her Bishop and I, as Elders of the church and holders of the Melchizedek Priesthood, anointed her with oil and gave her a blessing through the power of the priesthood, as instructed in James 5:14-15. In the prayer she was promised to be healed and that she would have no complications during her life from this event. My granddaughter is a healthy and energetic girl with no signs of the illness. I know God blesses us, and keeps his promise when we are given help and guidance through the Holy Ghost and the power of the priesthood.

How I live my faith

When I was going into the military I had people say they were concerned, because of the many evil influences that can be faced in the military. I pointed out that it was an opportunity to be an example and to share my testimony of the gospel. I have found that by following the guidance of the Prophets and studying the scriptures, daily prayer, and striving to keep the Sabbath Holy. I made a promise to myself and I know the Lord has blessed me for keeping that promised and helped me be the example I wanted to be in the military and for my family. I understand that many times in the military and in civilian life we have to work on Sunday. I made a promise that no matter how long I had to work on Sunday that when I was not working I would be at church. One time in the military I had to work most weekends during a 23 week period. I always felt the spirit and love of the Lord, because I knew He knew that I would be in church when I could. When you are busy and then stay home from church, because you are tired after a few Sundays of working, the weeks you miss church will continue to add-up and you would miss the blessings the Lord provides for going to church. Until recently I was serving as a ward mission leader and enjoyed the opportunity of sharing the gospel. I am now in the High Council (12 High Priests who support the Stake Presidency and their efforts to guide the Stake.) I enjoy the opportunity of speaking and helping the different ward. A ward is a local congregation of 300 to 500 people. The Stake supervises and supports six to nine wards. At work I have let people know that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I strive to be respectful to all that I work with. I attempt to let them know I love the Lord and want to be of service to my neighbor. It meant a lot to me when one of my co-workers stated she knew I was a man of God and would I pray for her. I was able to give her a blessing. I love serving my family.