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Hi I'm Clay

I grew up in Idaho and spent my adult life in Arizona I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho next to a beautiful lake nestled in the rocky mountains. We had a small farm where I learned the significance of work and responsibility. I also treasured being in the mountains where I spent time hunting, fishing and enjoying the stunning mountains and nature that encircled us. After graduating from college my wife, son and I moved to Arizona where we were blessed with four more precious children. All seven of us enjoyed scuba diving and I transferred my love of stream fishing to deep sea fishing, which we enjoyed together. After twenty nine years of content and unified family my wife died very suddenly. I had enjoyed so much love for my family through the years prior but at that point I really understood how critical it really was to me. As I turned even closer to our Father in Heaven my heart was stretched even further to absorb the love around me. He has blessed me with another companion and wonderful woman in my life. Her children melted their way into my heart also. I have lived a very rich life and as my little family grows my riches just seem to magnify beyond belief.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of a variety of reasons. First it provides me an unyielding foundation to construct my life around. The modern Prophet and the council that we receive gives me hope that I can stay on that foundation and participate in the joy that is there. I think one thing I cherish most about the church is its teachings and beliefs on the family. As each precious grandchild comes into my family, whether it is direct blood line, by marriage or by adoption they are mine and my love for them is incalculable with the joy I receive. The teachings of the church on values and families is what brings me hope. I know that if my children will follow what they have been taught and what the modern Prophets give to us they will never fail. They will always have joy and happiness. They will teach that joy to my precious grandchildren. The church brings me much happiness but the highest elation I could ever know is that my posterity will feel that same joy. I truly know by experience that even the death of a loved one, even a spouse can not tear down that joy. By knowing the gospel and the plan of salvation that the Lord has established, I know I can be with my loved ones again and even death is a beautiful step in the eternal plan.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to work with many of the men in our ward. As we do service for those in need, we truly learn to love. As I learn to love those around me I learn to love God. It is a cycle that draws me closer to my father in Heaven and his love for me and for my family. I have a long way to go to understand how God loves us all as he does but I live my religion with that ultimate goal.