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Hi I'm Clay.

I'm a student, a friend, and a disciple of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in New Jersey, I can't call it my home. Before I was even two years old, I began a decade-long international experience along with my parents and three sisters – and no brothers. In 2006 we moved to Southern California, where I graduated from high school in 2013. I am enrolled at Brigham Young University, but currently I am serving in the Singapore Mission until September 2015. Baseball is my passion! I love both playing it myself and following professional teams. In addition to taking academically strenuous classes, I was on the comedic improv team at my high school, as well as a Mock Trial program that competed with other schools in the county. I cannot imagine a better way to spend my free time than reading or blasting music of all genres with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been born and raised a Mormon, but that's not the reason for my belief in my religion. The strong moral values alone advocated by the Latter-day Saint faith would be enough for me to continue in this church. These principles have become the foundation for my entire life; almost all of my close friendships, successes in school and extracurricular activities, and essential relationships that I have with the others in my family are results of my dedication to live the ethical principles of my church. However, the Mormon church doesn't merely provide its members with moral values; it contain the fullness of Jesus Christ's message. Despite my being raised in this church, I too have had a spiritual conversion to this religion. There came a time in my life when I was no longer content attending church without my own personal conviction of its truthfulness. I felt a keen desire to learn for myself the truth of this work. My testimony of this faith solidified when I was 14 years old, and attended a weeklong Mormon summer camp in Nauvoo, Illinois. There I learned of a surety that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God, comparable to any seer of old. And the beauty of this church? Once you receive a confirmation from the Holy Spirit regarding the truth of one aspect of the Mormon faith, everything else falls into place. Because Joseph Smith was a prophet, the Book of Mormon is undoubtably true. Because Joseph Smith was a prophet, the authority from God to prophecy continues today in President Thomas Monson. Every tenet of the Mormon church becomes unquestionably and definitively true. If you haven't already, I would exhort you with every fiber of my being to read the Book of Mormon. Not just to read it, but to do so with an open heart, willing to receive some kind of confirmation. If you do this, I testify that you will come to a knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book with no doubt in your heart or mind.

How I live my faith

The Mormon faith is centered around Jesus Christ. As all devout Christians, I seek to emulate Jesus Christ in my words and actions. I serve those around me in various capacities, as Christ did while he lived on the earth. My congregation often plans service activities with the teenagers, ranging from visiting veterans hospitals to collecting canned goods as part of a food drive for the homeless. This service is a fundamental part of my faith, as I know that if Christ were on the earth today, he would spend his time serving those around him – yet another reason the Mormon church is the church of Jesus Christ. My faith in Jesus Christ and his divine message is not only seen through service, but my decision to serve a full-time, two year mission for the Mormon church. I am sure you have seen the Mormon missionaries, in white shirts and ties, somewhere out and about. I was assigned to and currently am serving in Singapore and Malaysia. Mormon missionaries spend their time teaching people about Jesus Christ and proclaiming his gospel. I find such joy and comfort in knowing that my family can be together forever – there is no "till death do us part" in the Mormon church – and the other wonderful truths of my faith that I accepted the Savior's call for us to "teach all nations" (see Matthew 28:19-20). I have put my life on hold, leaving behind my family, friends, and education, to give the work of bringing souls unto Christ my entire heart, might, mind, and strength. When I consider the blessings that my faith has brought me, I cannot help but to want to share this with others – and so I have devoted my life to this cause.