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Hi I'm Clint

I grew up in Alberta, Canada. I've lived in the U.S. for 17 years. I became a U.S. citizen in June, 2000. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been happily married for 36 years. We are the parents of 5 children and we have 9 grand children with another on the way. I grew up in southern Alberta Canada, met my wife (from New Jersey) during my freshman year at BYU, and after serving as a missionary for the Church in Guatemala and El Salavador, was married to her 4 weeks after I got home. I graduated from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta four years later with a degree in accounting and went to work in Calgary, Alberta where I completed the requirements to become a Chartered Accountant while working in the field of public accounting. Shortly thereafter, I began working in the oil and gas industry, eventually working for one of the largest oil companies in the world. This gave us the opportunity to travel around quite a bit. In 1994 we moved to the company's head office in Houston, TX, two years later to Denver, then on to Venezuela, back to Houston and finally to Billings, MT. I retired early in 2010 to pursue my desire to be a professional Santa Claus. I have played Santa for many years for Church and Community associations, and Company parties as a volunteer, and it gives me a lot of joy to make children of all ages happy, so this seemed like natural thing to do. I also enjoy wood working and I guess that goes along with my second career as Santa Claus because I can truly say that I am a "toymaker" who loves to make children happy. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to faithful Mormon parents who raised me in the Church. I can not remember a time when I did not believe what I was taught by them and by the Church, however, I continue in the church now because of the personal testimony that I have received of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the fulness of the gospel is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that this Church was restored in these days through the Prophet Joseph Smith. When I was 18 years old, a freshman at BYU, the church announced that worthy young men, preparing to go on missions could be ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood at the age of 18, instead of waiting until they were called as missionairies when they were 19 years old. by this time, I had decided to go on a mission, and this announcement made me think that it was high time I knew for myself whether this Church was true, and not just lean on the testimony of my parents. I clearly remember beginning that afternoon to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover for the first time. I had read portions of it many times, but never from start to finish in a short time, with the intent to find out if it was true. This was a pivotal moment in my life. I read steadily for about 12 hours and finally stopped at about 4:00 a.m., in need of sleep. I then completed reading the rest of the Book of Mormon over the next few days. While doing so, the Holy Ghost witnessed to me that this book was true. I knew that if it was true, then Joseph Smith was a Prophet and that therefore the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was also true. Since that time, I have had many experiences that have strengthened my testimony even more, but that stands out in my memory as the time that I first knew for myself.

How I live my faith

Since returning from my missionary service in 1975, I have always served in the Church in some capacity or other. I've taught young children in Primary classes on Sunday, served in administrative capacities in various wards we've lived in, maintaining ward financial and membership records, and serving as a councellor to three different bishops. I've also served as advisor and councellor to the church youth organizations, and Aaronic Priesthood groups, including several years as a Boy Scout Leader to young men aged 11 to 18 years old. I have served in leadership positions in the adult Priesthood organizations as well. I currently teach Sunday School to the junior and senior high school aged young people in our ward. I love this calling because it helps me remember what I was going through at that age, and I get a sense of fulfillment and gratitude in helping these young people gain and strengthen their testimonies of the gospel. I love helping people and making them smile. While living in Houston, I had the opportunity to help on several weekend work crews, cleaning up peoples yards and homes after the devastation of Hurricane Rita which hit western Louisiana and east Texas about 2 or 3 weeks after Hurricaine Katrina. The feeling of helping people who were facing such a massive recovery effort with always stick with me, and besides, I got a new chainsaw out of the deal (for cutting down trees)... a man can never have too many power tools. Other than that, I try to be kind. One of my favorite Church leaders put it very simply when he said that in addition to repenting of our sins, being baptized, and continuing to repent for the rest of our lives, we also needed to be "nice" (paraphrased from a talk by Elder Hartmon Rector Junior).