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Hi I'm Claire

I grew up in western Washington. I am youngest of five girls. I love art and music. I am a starstruck newlywed. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Arizona, but at age 2 my family moved to Washington. I grew up in an average town with my Mom, Dad, and 4 older sisters. I didn’t always like being the youngest, but I learned that it has its advantages. My family was always very musical. I think my family is the only one that I have heard sing Happy Birthday in harmony. I learned how to play the piano, but mostly I love to sing. When I sing I feel good. Throughout my life I have felt the Spirit of the Lord speak to me through music. Many of the hymns and songs that are sung at church are near and dear to my heart. I also love to draw. It has been a hobby of mine for many years. When I was in college, I first chose to study Family, Home & Consumer Science. But every time I needed to register for classes, I wished I could take an art class. So I changed my major to Art. Not long after that I felt that the Lord wanted me to serve a mission for the church. I served in Kentucky and Indiana for 18 months and learned to speak Spanish. When I returned home, I planned on returning to school to study art and music. But the Lord told me to stay home instead. It was hard, but I knew that the Lord knew what was best for me. Only a few weeks later, I met the man of my dreams. We were recently married in the Seattle Temple in August 2011. I still have opportunities to learn new things and I am happier than I ever was. I know that happiness comes from listening to the Lord, even if I don’t understand why at the time.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church all my life. My parents taught me how to pray at a young age and have always been good examples. The church has always been a big part of our family. I can't say that I have had one big defining moment where I suddenly knew that the church was Christ's church and that the Book of Mormon was true. But In my life I have had many little experiences that have helped me to come to know of the truthfulness of these things. I have come to know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was God’s chosen prophet. I know this because The Lord has touched my heart in countless ways, telling me that this church is His church. When I read the Book of Mormon and follow its teachings, I feel my Father in Heaven telling me in my heart that it is true. When I follow the teachings of the prophets today I am blessed. It isn’t always easy doing what is right, but every time I choose to follow Christ, the Lord gives me what I need to be happy. The blessings I receive aren’t always what I expect them to be, but they always are exactly what will make me a better person and give me peace in this life. I know that when I am obedient, I am happy and receive blessings and joys that I could not have without having Christ in my life. So, in a nutshell, I am a Mormon because of the happiness, joy, and peace that come from obedience to the commandments and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

About 3 months ago I used to work at a fast food restaurant. I probably could have gotten a higher paying job if I wanted, but I chose to work there because the manager gave me Sundays off. Whenever I tried to look for a job that might be better, I never was able to find one that would give me Sundays off. So I chose to stick with fast food until I could work and honor the Sabbath at the same time. However, I didn't keep the job for too much longer because my family needed help. Now, during the week, I babysit for my sister when she needs to work. We have come up with a trade that works for both of us. I watch her two daughters (ages 8 months and 2 years) every Wednesday and she brings me fresh eggs from her chickens. I also help my mom take care of my grandma. Grandma lives with my parents because she has very severe dementia and arthritis in her knees and hips. Mom can't leave the house without someone being there to look after Grandma, so I go over when Mom needs to get out of the house to go shopping or see a friend. Trading a job for looking after kids and my elderly grandmother may seem like a big sacrifice (especially because I'm newly married and money doesn't grow on trees), but it is all worth it. Family is more important than a few extra paychecks. Besides, I love fresh eggs! =) On Sundays, after the main service at church, we have classes that we all can attend to learn more about the scriptures and the teachings of the gospel. My special assignment is to help take care of a boy who has special needs so his parents can attend classes and teach others. It may not be viewed as the biggest or most important job to to, but I love doing it. Mostly I just try to be a good person every day and follow what Christ tells me to do. I try to be a good neighbor, daughter, sister, and wife. I'm definitively not perfect or even close to perfect. But I know that when we do what we can, the Lord helps us with the rest.