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Hi I'm Clint

I am a foot surgeon. I to love carve, sculpt and invent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a podiatric surgeon, and enjoy the challenges it offers. You wouldn't believe how many requests for foot exams I get, when people find out what I do. I actually enjoy it. My interests first started in scouts in 7th grade. My dad introduced me to a wonderful scouter, wittler, named "Bill Burch." Known world-wide for his caricature neckslides, Bill, oddly, took me under his wing and let me constantly badger him and taught me his tricks of the trade. Soon I was carving and painting my own pieces. Eventually, he even asked me for one of mine. This begat a life long hobby of drawing with a knife. Give me a piece of wood and suddenly 10 hours will disappear. I progressed into sculpture and developed a taste for marine life. I think my favorite is a 14 inch seahorse. After serving a two year mission in Japan, I met my wife Katharine. She had me from "Hello". Hearing her voice is probably one of the only ways to get my attention when I am working on one my sculptures or inventions. Seeking for a career that would support a family and incorporate my passion for sculpture, I discovered a career in surgery. (Thank heavens for a patient, loving wife) I have continued to dabble in my hobby, and it expanded into surgical modelling. Married for 22 years, we have four children.

Why I am a Mormon

Born into a mormon family, I never gave much thought to other religions. My parents pretty much had my schedule laid out for me and it seems to fit me just fine. Sure I had lots of friends. Some were Catholic, some Baptist, Methodist and some others, but none ever sparked my interest that maybe I was missing something. I earned my Eagle scout award a week before my 14th birthday, and graduated from high school in the top of my class. I was active in choir and band, in wrestling and football. I never gave the question much thought, until the opportunity of serving a mission for the mormon church was presented to me. At age 19, I found myself 7,000 miles from home. It was too expensive to call home to Mommy, in a country with a language so foreign I was my only friend. That was when I really got a chance to listen to that little me, deep down inside. The scriptures call it the "Light Of Christ", born in all men, and I heard it louder than I had ever before. As I began to share the restored gospel to the people of Japan, I realized just how much I believed the very words I was sharing. It was at that moment that I fully understood how grateful I was for having been blessed, from the very start, with the truth of the Christ's word. I could see first hand how important it was to have that blessing in my life. As an inventor, as a doctor, I always have to question right and wrong, risk verses benefit, but as for the answer to "Why I'm a Mormon?"; nothing draws me closer to my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ than the fullness of the restored gospel.

How I live my faith

Mormonism is a natural lifestyle. People, in all cultures, seek for acceptance, and the desire to feel safe. We all want to believe we are amongst those that have our best interest in mind. I believe people, in general, are good. I try to take that approach in what I do as well. As a podiatric physician, I find myself immersed in all kinds of personalities, and experiences. Most are rather intriguing, some I would rather avoid, but this gives me a chance to serve while supporting my family. Currently, I spend a lot of time with the young mens group at church, helping them with their scouting advancements and activities.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Clint
The short answer is "No." The church has a creed call the "The Thirteen Articles of Faith." These were written by the prophet Joseph Smith when asked what the church believes. Article 12 states, "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." The church has always advocated in being active citizens in our communities and government to support righteous endeavors and leadership. To me that means I am responsible for my choices and should not being a spectator on the sidelines of our government. Show more Show less