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Hi I'm Sandi Clayton-Burgess

I'm a Mormon. have 6 children and 16 grand children, an operatic singer, voice teacher, music director and motivational speaker.

About Me

I was born into the church with wonderful parents who loved and served the Lord and their fellowmen. I learned from that. I come from a family of musicians with my great grandfather, William Clayton, having crossed the country with the Pioneers and writing a famous Mormon hymn, "Come, Come Ye Saints." My grandfather Clayton was a concert violinist, and taught me piano at a young age. My father was a celloist and mother a singer. My heratage gave me not only a love for the Lord, but for music. I an operatically trained and have been blessed to travel the world singing. I've raised six children and currently have 16 grandchildren who live all over the world. I teach private voice lessons, still sing publicly and direct many musical productions in the Orange County area. Music has brought me great joy, and the most joy with music has come in the service of our Heavenly Father with church callings and opportunities to serve others. Two of my sons are professional basketball players and their involvements have taken me worldwide to watch them play. They have represented our beliefs beautifully and I am proud to be their mother. I am also a motivational speaker and trainer. I teach and empower people to work from home and still be able to raise their families. This, too, has brought me tremendous joy over the past 40 years. I am blessed. One favorite moments with music was with the dedication of the San Diego temple. I sang in the choir and felt the presence of angels as I sang.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised to love the Lord, attend church on Sundays and honor the Sabbath Day. I am grateful for that upbringing and watching tears well up in my fathers eyes as he studied and read the scriptures. When he died I wept for the loss, but also for the joy of knowing I would see him again. That knowledge has given me hope when life has thrown me a curve ball. My 5th child, a little girl Jessica, had a near-drown accident when she was 11 months old, leaving her permantely brain damaged. She died at age four. I could never have survived that loss of my precious daughter if I hadn't the knowledge of eternal families and live after this. I love that knoweldge. It gives me hope. And the gospel is like a baseball game where we know the path to take to return to our Father in Heaven. Without that knowledge, I would be lost. And for that I'm thankful. Eternal family, or what we coin "families are forever" keeps me focused on doing what Heavenly Father wants me to do to return to him and our family. Through trials, the gospel buoys us up and keeps me focused on my eternal goals. I love the scriptures and service. The gospel has given my life purpose. When I was blessed to sing with the choir for the dedication of the San Diego temple, I was standing at the top of the stairs in the Celestial room and as we were taking our places to sing I felt the presence of angels surrounding me and voices of angels joining me in song. This was life-changing for me and that is when I knew we are not alone, that we are surrounded by angels and Christ's loving arms. All of these things add to my testimony of the gosple. Eternal perspective has kept me on track and moving always forward to that eternal goal of being with my family and friends in life after death.

How I live my faith

I am very involved with music and basketball with the community and church. I assist with the musicals and classes at the high school, direct productions for the area in musical theater and classical involvements. As an operatic singer I was blessed to sing all over the world with a special choir from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. And as a trainer and motivational speaker in networking, I am watched for how I act, what I say, and what I drink. Living the gospel has been important to me, and people have noticed that I don't drink or wear immodest clothing. Living the gospel is a lifestyle - not a Sunday thing. Living the gospel is in how we act, the things we say, and the service we perform. With local productions I have spent 20 hours a week for months perfecting a product with the writing, editing and rehearsing of that production. And in the end, are rewards are not monitary, they are spiritual and bring tears to our eyes because a life has been touched by the music or spoken word, and friendships made. I have my raied my 5 living children to do the same, to give and serve freely, letting go of ego or demanding to be paid. The rewards far out bless us than any earthly monitary reward. I love the Lord and to show my love, I serve, even when I don't think I have the time or energy to do so. I am always blessed for it. I won't write about my children, I will let them do that, only to say that I am proud that they are known as Mormons worldwide. At Duke University, my son, Chris, was known as the "stormin' Mormon." For that I am proud.