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Hi I'm Clay

I'm married, with 4 kids and 3 grandkids. I love doing things with my family (especially the grandkids). I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a computer programmer. I've loved programming since I was forced to take a programming class as a part of my engineering courses in college. As a result, I'm blessed to love my work. I love the outdoors and especially beautiful scenes and vistas. I started riding motorcycles about 7 years ago. I try to take a long ride two times a year to get out and see God's great handiwork. I also enjoy woodworking. I like cutting objects, scenes, toys, Christmas ornaments and such things out on my scrollsaw. I also enjoy making wooden pens on a lathe.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has a long history of membership in the church. My father was a local leader for many years and I sort of coasted along following what was lain out before me. When I as 19, I applied to serve a mission because that's just what you do as a young LDS boy. I was sent to England to serve my mission and spent allot of time in South Wales where my family originates. While serving, I came across a man that knew far more about the LDS church than I did, and he quickly ripped into me and my weak testimony. By the end of the evening I was convinced that I should go home and that it was all a big mistake. My companion counselled me to do the things we'd been telling others to do, read, study, and pray for guidance. Things continued to get harder and more confusing for a time until one night I just needed to know. I'm not going to relate the exact things I did or the experience I had that night because it's a very sacred thing to me. It's not a formula such as do a, b, and c and you'll get d. Our relationship with our Heavenly Father needs to be individual. That night I received confirmation that Jesus did and does Live. I received a testimony of the Atonement. And I received the knowledge that God lives and Loves me. I also knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon was true. Through the years I've received other confirmations of the Gospel. At times my faith wavers, but usually when I find myself distracted by more worldly things. I always feel the spirit the strongest when I'm listening to the living Prophets testify of Jesus, or when I'm serving my fellow men.

How I live my faith

I am a "Prison Service Missionary" which means I volunteer my time to go down to the local Federal Prison to hold Church Services with the inmates.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Clay
Just before he was crucified, Jesus asked the Apostle Peter, "Do you love me?" and when Peter said "Yes", Jesus told him to "Feed his sheep." Two more times Jesus asked the question of Peter, two more times, Peter answered Yes, and two more times, Jesus told him to feed his sheep. Jesus wasn't speaking of white woolly animals, he was telling Peter to take all that he had learned and share it with others. Once we have learned of Christ, his purpose on this Earth, and the reason we are here, we should share that with others. All Mormons should share their testimonies, but Mormon Missionaries have set aside 2 years to spend their time sharing their testimonies in response to Jesus plea to "Feed My Sheep". Show more Show less