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Hi I'm Clay

I'm a husband. I'm a music and book lover. I'm a full-time employee and a part-time student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband to a remarkable woman who seems to be singlehandedly changing the world for the better. I am the youngest sibling in a family of four kids. I'm currently a student wrapping up my undergraduate degree in Psychology at a local university. I hope to continue my education and obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I work full-time as a supervisor. I thoroughly enjoy my job because it helps me to grow as a person and because I am committed to the cause of my employer. I have always been fascinated with music, books, and classic cars. I remember when I was in elementary school, I would often stay up all night devouring a good book by flashlight. In my early teens, I found my mom's dusty guitar in a corner in the basement. For the next several years, that guitar rarely left my hands. The rigors of life make it difficult to play as much as I'd like, but I still love to play. My fascination with classic cars started when I was very young. I mowed lawns in my neighborhood to save money for several years before I could drive. When I was 16, I bought my first classic car, which my dad helped me restore over the next three years. I am grateful for the quality time I got to spend with my dad because of that hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have found greater happiness here than anywhere else. Even more paramount than happiness, however, is my conviction that God has guided my steps to be here. I grew up in a home where my parents taught me to believe in God. They taught me how to pray to Him and build a relationship with Him. In my late teens, my parents divorced. While this troubling experience should have turned me to God for comfort, I chose to selfishly blame God for my circumstances. I started to look for happiness and comfort in other places, but I only found loneliness and confusion. Thanks to the example of good family members and friends, I decided to find out for myself what being a Mormon was all about. Conveniently, I got a bad cold and had to take three days off from work. This cold turned out to be a wonderful blessing, as it provided me with three days to deeply ponder my beliefs. I used that time to study the Book of Mormon and to seek direction from God. By the end of the third day, I felt confident that I had received clear direction from God through His Spirit. He spoke peace and truth to my heart and mind, and I knew that I needed to align my life with the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ. From that day forward, I've tried my best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I cherish those holy books, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and my relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ. My life has completely changed as I have sought to internalize and live the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have learned from life experience that they are true principles that provide hope and happiness, even in times of trial.

How I live my faith

My faith in Christ guides everything that I do. It motivates me to care about and serve those around me, including the 10-year-old Cub Scouts in my area over which I am a Den Leader. My faith guides the way I treat my wife and helps me to be Christlike in my actions towards her. My faith helps me understand that the most important thing on this earth is my family and that I should treat them that way. I live my faith by setting aside time to worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ at weekly worship services, in frequent personal and family prayers, and in studying the holy word of God. As I strive to DO what I believe, I can feel that God is guiding me through His Holy Spirit. Living my faith has not always been easy. In fact, many times it's required me to make severely difficult changes. But as I turned to Christ with a humble heart, He has turned to me. He has helped me change my life as I have done my best to live as He would have me live. To be perfectly frank, I'm far from perfect at living my faith. I still have so much room to grow. But when I put in the effort to do the things I'm taught in the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I can feel that I'm coming closer to Christ.