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Hi I'm Clay

I am a husband to the beautiful Christine. I am a Harvard Business School professor. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been blessed to marry a wonderful and beautiful woman. I worked HARD to convince her that she wanted to marry me. Thank goodness she did! Together, we have a wonderful family of 5 children and almost 5 grandchildren. I have the best job in the world - I get to teach at Harvard Business School and learn from the smartest people in the world. I learn more and more each day. I have survived cancer, a heart attack, and a stroke. I am grateful to have more life to life and more to give.

Why I am a Mormon

I had been given a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University in England. After I had lived there for a few weeks that the time had come for me to learn for certain and for myself whether Mormonism was true. I had read the Book of Mormon before – seven times, to be exact. But in each of those instances I had read it by assignment – from my parents or a teacher – and my objective in reading it was to finish the book. This time, however, my objective was to find out if it was a true book or a fabrication. Thus, I reserved the time from 11:00 until midnight, every night, to read the Book of Mormon next to the fireplace in my chilly room at the Queen’s College. I began each of those sessions by kneeling in verbal prayer. I told God, every night, that I was reading this to know if it was His truth. I told Him that I needed an answer to this question – because if it was not true I did not want to waste my time with this church and would search for something else. But if it was true, then I promised that I would devote my life to following its teachings, and to helping others do the same. I then would sit in the chair and read a page in the Book of Mormon. I would stop at the bottom of the page and think about it. I would ask myself what the material on that page meant for the way I needed to conduct my life. I would then get on my knees and pray aloud again, asking the Lord to tell me if the book was true. I would then get back in the chair, turn the page, and repeat the process, for the remainder of the hour. I did this every evening. After several weeks, as I sat in the chair and opened the book following my prayer, I felt a marvelous spirit envelop my body. I had never before felt such an intense feeling of peace and love. I started to cry, and did not want to stop. I knew then, from a source of understanding more powerful than anything I had ever felt in my life, that the book I was holding in my hands was true. It changed my heart and my life forever.

How I live my faith

I have come to understand that while men and women – and I – might measure my life by summary statistics such as number of people presided over, number of months of consecutive 100% home teaching, and so on, the only metrics that God will apply to my life are the individuals whom I have been able to bless, one by one. When I die and embrace my Savior, and we review my service in His kingdom, my service as a bishop or counselor to the mission president will not come up. Rather, our conversation will be comprised of a recounting of the individuals whose self-esteem I was able to strengthen, whose testimonies I was able to reinforce; and whose discomfort I was able to assuage, as I was serving in those callings. Callings are simply different contexts within which God’s real purposes can be fulfilled, and the true measurement of my life taken. This realization, which occurred over a decade ago, has made a huge difference in my life. It has guided me every day to seek individual opportunities to bring blessings to the lives of individual people in ways tailored to their individual circumstances. As I have prayed that God would help me find someone every day whose life I might bless in some way, He has answered those prayers. I testify that my happiness, my sense of worth in the Kingdom of God, and the closeness I feel to my Savior, has been immeasurably improved as a result.

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