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Hi I'm Blake

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah. I met my wife at a First Presidency Christmas Devotional broadcast at Weber State University where I was attending school (my wife had the lone open seat right next to her.) We have pretty much been inseparable since. We were sealed for time and all eternity in the Bountiful Utah Temple, and after a year of marriage, moved to Cleveland, Ohio to complete my graduate degree. While living in Cleveland, I attended Dental School at Case Western Reserve University. We loved our time in Cleveland, especially living in the Kirtland Ohio Stake. Whenever I had a free moment from my studies, (which wasn't often), my family and I would visit the Church Historic sites around Kirtland, visit Amish country, or go to one of the amazing metroparks around the city. My wife and I feel very blessed to have had our time together in Cleveland, Ohio. We grew closer together, added our two oldest children to the family, and loved the friends we found, especially the giant family church ward. Upon graduation, my family and I decided to move back west to be closer to family. So, we packed up our Uhaul truck and headed to Arizona. I got a job as an associate dentist in Phoenix, and now, several years later, have my own growing dental practice. Since the move we have added a third child to the mix (all girls), and are starting to feel more and more that Arizona is our home.

Why I am a Mormon

My Dad was a convert to the church, my Mom was born into a Mormon family. They married in the Ogden Utah Temple. We lived across the street from the church, which I loved, because it had a huge parking lot I could ride my bike around on. I remember going to primary, singing songs, and then being in primary class. From a young age I always knew that my Heavenly Father loved me. I loved the stories of the prophets. I felt in my heart a need to do good. I was probably a pretty easy child to raise. I had a strong sense of right and wrong, and generally tried to choose the right. I loved school and had strong sense to help others feel better. My testimony of my Saviors love for me has developed over time, but there are a few strong spiritual moments that witnessed to me that I am not alone, and that there is a plan for me. One story that stands out in my mind occurred when I was 9 or 10 yrs old. My neighbors had invited my family to ride four wheelers (or quads) at some sand dunes a few hours from our house. We set off early the next day arriving at the dunes. I had a small four wheeler, and was riding with my father, neigbor and his sons, and a few other people. My vehicle didn't have the power to go over all the big sand dunes, so I asked my dad if I could return back to our truck. He said I could, so I turned around and headed back. I apparently took a wrong turn, and soon found myself lost. I drove for several hours, the sun was now setting, but all I saw were more sand dunes, not a person in sight. I began to cry! I didn't know what else to do, so I kneeled down to pray in the sand. I said amen. Just then I saw a man on a motorcycle jump over the crest of a hill. A voice said in my head, "Drive to where that motorcycle was." I drove to the top of the dune and found parked there, my truck, and my Mom waiting there for me. I know that God whispered to me through the Holy Ghost. I know this Church is true by those same whispers in my heart.

How I live my faith

My life in the church, and my life outside of the church is one and the same. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints means that I committed, at baptism, to do my best to be a representative of Jesus Christ at all times and in all places, and to keep his commandments. Although I am far from perfect, I do take that charge very seriously. However, far from being a burden to follow commandments and "limit my freedoms," I have personally found that striving to keep the commandments is the most liberating thing I have ever done. I keep myself free from vices, feel peace in my heart, and have improved relationships with my family and friends. My days are not too different from anyone elses. I wake up, eat breakfast and have a family prayer before I go off to work, and my eldest girl goes off to school. My day at work is pretty average, although in my line of work I get to meet new people everyday. After work, it's back home for dinner with my family. After dinner, there is a little play time with the kids. We then have a family prayer, read scriptures as a family (currently out of the Book of Mormon), have a little treat, put the kids in bed, and read them a chapter from a storybook. With the kids in bed, it's time for my wife and me. We talk about our day's adventures and share experiences, and laugh a lot. I get ready for bed, my wife and have have a prayer together, then individual personal prayers. I then have my personal scripture reading time for about 30 minutes (currently out of the New Testament.) I have a calling in our Church and am responsible for making appointments for members to meet with the counselors of the Bishop for interviews, primarily for the youth of the Church. I also occasionally substitute teach for a Sunday School class and serve as a Hometeacher which means each month I visit an assigned family to meet with them to share a gospel message as well as to check up on any needs the family may have. I love it!