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Hi I'm Clay

I'm studying to be a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah and lived there until I was six then my family and I moved to Colorado. I have two brothers and one sister all of which are older than me so I am the baby of the family. I played sports my whole life and still love to be active and competitive. I am happily married to an amazing woman whom I love very much. I have a wonderful son who is my best friend and can make me smile and laugh anytime of the day. I've learned a lot of patience since we have had him in our lives but I've also learned that I am capable of loving. We live in Kansas at the moment and I'm studying to be a doctor of chiropractic and am getting close to graduating. I plan on taking my family back to Colorado to begin practicing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon simply because I was born into the church. Many of my ancestors were members of the church when it was restored by Joseph Smith in the 1830s. My parents raised me teaching me about Jesus Christ and the great plan that we are all apart of. They taught me to trust in Him and in our Heavenly Father. They taught me about prophets of the past and of the present, one of which was Joseph Smith the prophet of the restoration. They taught me about and from the Book of Mormon and Bible. I went to church every week where I learned all the same truths that my parents taught. Little by little I learned a lot of things but really didn't know for myself if it was true. The Bible and Book of Mormon prophets plead with us to ask God for answers and if we have faith believing that we will receive an answer it will be given to us. At 19 the young men of the church are encouraged to serve a two year mission and when I was 17 I began to think that if I was going to serve a mission I would need to figure out if what I was being taught was true. I can not promote something that I do not know to be true. After I finished reading the Book of Mormon I took the challenge that was given and that was to ask God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ with a sincere heart truely wanting to know if that book was true. I knelt down and I offered a prayer asking if the Book of Mormon is a true book written by true ancient prophets. As I asked an overwhelming feeling started in my toes, slowly moved up my legs, up my torso, to my neck then to my head and I began to cry. i know that feeling was the Holy Ghost telling me that what I had read and just asked about was true. Knowing that I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that there is a prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. I also knew that everything that I was taught was true. Most importantly I knew that Jesus is the Christ and that He made it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I served a two year mission in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. There I taught those beautiful people who were willing to listen about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I will never forget those two years and the many things I learned. Today I serve in the church as an instructor to the men of the church who are above the age of 18. I also help collect the information about which families were visited each month by the men of the church. Each man of the church is assigned a companion and typically 2 to 3 families that they are responsible for to teach and to just see how they are doing every month. This is called hometeaching. I have the opportunity to do this and also call the brethren of the church to see which visits were made and if there is anything that those families need. Every responsibility that I have had in the church has always been centered around serving others. At times I don't want to serve and sometimes don't. I feel horrible when I don't fulfill the things that were entrusted to me. When you are in the service of your fellow beings you are in the service of your God. When I do complete a task a feeling of satisfaction comes like taking a drink of water when you're thirsty. True happiness is knowing what you're doing is pleasing to our Heavenly Father.