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Hi I'm Clay

I'm a father, an entrepreneur, a wedding DJ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and the father of two young children. My wife and I both work in the wedding industry- she's a videographer, and I'm a DJ. I have several side projects, including a gold/silver milling project in virginia City, Nevada, and a social media consulting project. My wife and I are also vintage swing dance instructors, and I'm active in my community, as well as church.

Why I am a Mormon

For those of us that grew up in the church, this is a question that we all ask ourselves at some point- it's not easy being a disciple of Christ, and following his restored gospel.... for that reason, each person needs to find out for themselves that the principles that they follow and the beliefs that they hold are true and good. So even though this is the "faith of my fathers", there came a point when I needed to know for myself if I believed it, and would continue to follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ. There are two main reasons that I'm Mormon- the first is that I believe that the principles and beliefs that we have are good and right and true. The second reason is that it brings happiness and fulfillment into my life. While I'm a pretty easy going guy, I also enjoy a good challenge, and I've found that the most valuable and precious things in life are generally not easy. But to know that despite the challenges I have a loving Heavenly Father, and a brother and Savior in Jesus Christ, who know me, and care about me, and want what's best for me- that gives me strength and hope. And to have a clear understanding of the big picture- where we came from, why we're here, and where we're going after this life, helps bring guidance and peace into my life. So while being Mormon is not easy, it is absolutely worth it.

How I live my faith

I currently have several responsibilities in my ward (congregation). The one that occupies most of my time and energy is working with the men's group, the Elder's Quorum. In addition to teaching and trying to strengthen the faith of those in our group, we also work on projects to help physically take care of our ward. For example, this last year, I headed up a project to help families of our members install gardens at their homes. We called these projects "Garden Parties" (which got some raised eyebrows at first), and the concept was like an old-time barn-raising... that is, many hands sharing the work, and getting it done much more quickly than if the family was doing it on their own. There were wonderful lessons learned, including teamwork, and a measure of self-reliance and confidence that has grown with our members. We help organize to take care of physical needs of those in our group- for example, we help people move quite regularly, and we even painted the exterior of one guy's two-story house in one day. I'm also involved in supporting the full-time missionaries that work in our area. I meet with them weekly to discuss needs they might have, and how we can help them teach those who are interested in learning more about our beliefs. My faith also encourages me to be involved in and support our local community- I ran for school board this last election (and lost ;) and currently serve on our town's parks and recreation commission. I also try to live my faith within the walls of my own home- though I have lots of room to improve (and even though our kids are young), we try to have prayer together as a family, and family night weekly, and personal scripture study (with family study to come as the kids grow). While it's difficult in my line of work (weddings most often happen on weekends), I try to observe the Sabbath on Sunday- to keep it as a day of worship and rest, and to not make others work either.