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Hi I'm Clay

I love outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my wonderful wife for 42 years and I'm the father of three great sons and one beautiful daughter, all of who are married to wonderful spouses. I'm the proud grandpa of twelve. Growing up I spent a great deal of time playing sports and I'm still a sports enthusiast today, although I've toned down my competitive spirit, at least a little bit. I'm a huge fan of BYU sports, especially football and basketball. I love to be outdoors, especially in the mountains. Some of my fondest memories with my kids are of hunting or fishing trips. There's just something special about the solitude of the mountains. I think I'm a bit of an introvert, although there are those who know me who might think just the opposite. I guess, in a nutshell, I'm just an ordinary guy who enjoys life.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon all of my life and I've always had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can't really pinpoint a certain time or a specific experience that cemented my belief in Jesus Christ and His church - it's just always been there. My family has been so blessed over the years because of our belief in Jesus Christ and our membership in His church. Yes, we've had our share of struggles along the way, but we've always been able to work through them and pull ourselves back up when we stumbled. I've read the Book of Mormon many times, and have received a personal witness of it's truthfulness, just as I have received a witness of the truthfulness of the Bible as I have read and studied it. I know that there are many that have a difficult time with this book and the whole Joseph Smith story. But, for me, it makes perfect sense that God would continue to speak to and direct His church in this day just as in days of old. I'm so grateful that we have a living prophet on the earth today. In summary, I've been greatly blessed because of my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I've felt the love of my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and I know that this is Christ's restored gospel on the earth. And, that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is not just a Sunday thing. It's a lifestyle, it's who and what I am. I definitely fall far short, but I try to live my faith by studying the life of Jesus Christ and then trying to do as he did. I try to let my actions represent what I believe in all that I do. I try to live my faith by serving - in the community, in my family, and in the church, as well as being charitable and loving to others. In the church we all have opportunities to serve. We have "callings" and are able to serve wherever and whenever we are needed. I was recently released from a calling working with the young single adults in our area. It was great being able to work with and serve single adults ranging in age from 19 - 30. My wife and I were recently asked to serve as senior missionaries in the Wyoming Mormon Trail Mission. We are so excited about this opportunity to serve. Over the years I have had so many different callings, some for long periods of time and others for brief periods of time. It really doesn't matter where we serve, just that we serve. As my kids were growing up I achieved great satisfaction from coaching their sports teams. This allowed my to spend quality time with my kids, but hopefully I was also able to have a favorable impact on some of the other kids and parents. I also try to live my faith by being kind and charitable to those in need. Sometimes this might include a monetary gift but often times it is simply being kind and understanding to those less fortunate. A simple kind word or a smile can go a long way in this regard. Some of my most memorable experiences are working with the homeless, whether serving a warm meal or talking with them on the street. I'll never forget the words of one homeless man after I spent a few minutes chatting with him when, as I turned to walk away, he gently grabbed my arm and said, "thanks for acknowledging my existence". I can certainly do much better but I try to live my faith by following the teachings of Christ.