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Hi I'm Claire

I grew up in Colorado. I am an outdoor enthusiast and a biology major. I am a first generation mormon on my fathers' side.

About Me

I live in Colorado. I am 19 and the oldest child of 4. I am going to college to get my Biology degree. I would like to become an international biology teacher in Africa or South America. I speak English, French and Spanish. Whenever I have some free time, you can find me out in nature. I love to climb, swim, raft, hike, mountain bike, camp, backpack, dirt bike and canyoneering. Any outdoors activity, I probably do it. Music is also a large part of my life. I play all brass and percussion instruments along with piano, and I love singing. My father is not a member of the church and that has been a constant struggle in my life, but continuing to attend church and live an active mormon life is worth it. Currently I am serving a Full time mission in Quebec Canada.

Why I am a Mormon

After my high school graduation I was in an accident while long boarding. This event changed my life and shaped me into who I am today. I shattered my entire left knee and right shoulder. This resulted in 5 different surgeries. I was in a wheelchair for 6 months and had to completely re-learn to walk over the next year. Before the accident I was a major runner and skier, now I will never be able to do those things again. This life changing accident emotionally destroyed me. The once happy, fun loving girl became dark and full of sadness. Depression overcame me and I could not understand why the lord had saved my life but allowed to me live with these new disabilities. I would have rather died than live without the things I once loved. No one could empathize with me or understood what I was going through. The only light at the end of the tunnel was Heavenly fathers love. He never left my side. Christ extended his hand to me and pulled me out of the darkness. This was a very important time in my life when I gave everything I had, which wasn't much, to the lord. Through scripture study, church, general conference talk and numerous priesthood blessings, I was given the strength to overcome my weaknesses. I will always live with physical disabilities, but I have changed my mindset and these disabilities have opened more doors than would have been possible without them. We all will go through trials. They are how we learn and grow. I wouldn't take back any of the trials in my life because they have shaped me into the person I am today. They have taught me more than I could have learned any other way. Our Heavenly Father loves us more than we can understand. He will never leave us to overcome our trials alone. He has a plan for each of us. The hope and light that comes from the knowledge of this gospel is why I am a mormon. Nothing brings me more joy than learning about my Saviors love for each of us.

How I live my faith

The church asks for a lot of time out of my life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I was born into the church and have had many callings in my life. Each has taught me something wonderful. As a young woman I was the president of each of the classes. I have also been the music coordinator/ward choir director, activities chairman and been on the missionary committee. Because of this, I have met many amazing people and set up fun, wholesome activities for people of all ages. I believe that life gets a little easier when you are surrounded by good friends and family who have similar beliefs and standards as you. Not only do I serve the people of my faith, but anyone in need. I volunteer at homeless shelters, donate old clothing and toys, set up activities to raise food and money for those in need and many other things. We are instruments in the lords hands and he needs us to help each other out. I am not afraid to talk to those who do not belong to my church. Some of my best friends and even my father and brother are not members of the church. I do not think anything less of them. I am a friend to all and share my knowledge and beliefs with them if they are willing to listen. I try to live a Christ-like life by continually being positive, serving others, having patience, being loving and kind to everyone and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm certainly not perfect, but all that Christ asks of us is that we try our best.