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Hi I'm Clate

I'm a father of six, a sports fan and a CEO. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California and raised in Arizona by good parents who worked hard to provide a great upbringing for me and my 5 siblings. My parents instilled in me a strong desire to follow Jesus Christ and be my best. As a result, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and I am a hard-working, ambitious husband and father of six, who is always learning and improving. I served a mission in Costa Rica, which was the best experience of my life. I've seen over and over how those two years prepared me for my adult life. I developed a love of humanity, a deep desire to help others and a clear understanding of who I am. I wish the mission experience on every person I love. I got married shortly after returning from my mission. My wife and I decided to start our family right away. We had two kids when I started law school and we were expecting our fourth when my wife and I graduated together--she with a degree in human development and I with a law degree and MBA. Those were hard years, to say the least. During the summer before my last year of graduate school, I worked for a start-up software company. I quickly fell in love with the high tech industry. Two years later, I joined a couple of partners and we started a software company to help entrepreneurs and small businesses successfully grow their companies. Today, we have hundreds of employees, thousands of customers and big ambitions to change the world for small businesses. I am an entrepreneur and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I love Jesus Christ. And I love improving. I have found the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught in the Mormon Church, to be the most complete, most impressive and most inspiring personal development program on the planet. But it's not just a personal development program. It's an eternal plan that enables us to have joy in this life and live together forever as families with our Heavenly Father. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a way of life that draws us closer to God, helps us feel his love and encourages us to share His love with others. I realize it may seem strange to some that I believe God speaks to a prophet today, but I do. I believe He has always done this. I believe we lived with God before this life and I believe this is His method of teaching all of us, His children, what we must do to return and live with him someday. It is clear to me that those prophets were not on the earth during the "dark ages," that the light needed to be restored after Christ and his apostles were killed. And I have learned, through study and prayer, that Joseph Smith restored the light of Christ's gospel and I enjoy that light every day. The words of past prophets are written in scriptures. I enjoy studying the scriptures every day: the Bible, as scripture revealed to the inhabitants of the old world; and the Book of Mormon, as scripture revealed to the inhabitants of the ancient Americas. I thank God for giving us these scriptures. And I thank him for sending us the Holy Ghost, which helps us know what is true scripture by the feelings we get when we read. I get that peaceful feeling and enlightenment that come from the Holy Ghost when I read the Book of Mormon. I know it is the word of God and I am grateful for that book. I am an avid reader and the Book of Mormon is one of my all-time favorite books because it teaches and testifies of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I feel God's love as I live the gospel, read the scriptures and keep his commandments.

How I live my faith

Life as a Mormon can be busy, but it is so rewarding. With a wife and six kids, a fast-growing business and responsibilities in the church, things can definitely get hectic at times. We have a big family because we believe these family ties will last beyond this earth life and will be treasured and enjoyed forever. I serve in the church because I believe doing so is spiritually strengthening to myself and those I serve. I spend a lot of time with the youth in our church, attending boy scout camp outs, weekly activities and Sunday school meetings. I also am part of the leadership group in our ward, which requires weekly meetings, visits to the homes of others in the ward, and assignments to speak and teach most Sundays. I probably spend about 15 hours a week doing my church responsibilities. The time I spend is very rewarding and brings a certain balance to my work life. If I didn't spend a lot of time with my family and church responsibilities, I would probably be a workaholic. I find that my faith grounds me, balances my life and keeps me focused on the big picture. I love that about my Mormon faith.