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Hi I'm Blake

I'm a university student; I'm a fly-fisherman; I'm a runner; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small, rural town in Utah. Every summer of my youth I helped on my parents small raspberry farm. I really do enjoy working outside with my hands. My professional life has taken a different route. I earned a bachelors degree in chemistry and have a strong interest in scientific research. Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Utah where I study cancer biology. I enjoy the ever-learning nature of the scientific community. Some of my hobbies include running, playing basketball, and painting; however, my passion is fly fishing. My favorite fly fishing experiences have always including my three brothers who are my best friends. My parents are the most loving people I've ever known, and they are all that I hope to become one day.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found that true principles will always lead to joy. As one who thinks of questions scientifically, I approached the truthfulness of Mormon doctrine by following the "the scientific method." It includes five steps: (1) asking the right questions; (2) forming a educated guess; (3) performing an experiment; (4) analyzing results and forming conclusions; (5) applying the results. In order to determine whether the Mormon doctrine was a fullness of truth, I asked the question: "is the Book of Mormon true?" I recognized that the truthfulness of every doctrine hinged upon this question. I read portions of the book many times and having never found anything I would consider contradictory with truth, I made the educated guess that the book is true. The experiment conducted was one prescribed by the concluding author, Moroni in which he said, "I would exhort you to ask God, the Eternal Father...if these things are not true." The experiment called for sincere prayer. For several weeks I read the book and prayed earnestly. Each moment I desired to learn more and more from its pages. Never in my life had such a desire arisen in my heart. The changes which came over my heart and mind were the Holy Ghost teaching me that the book is true. Knowing that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that the teachings of the Mormon church contain a fullness of truth. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned, and my spirit did in fact change from reading and applying the teachings of this book.

How I live my faith

Elder Richard G. Scott has taught that faith and character are interconnected. As faith increases, character increases. There are a few principles of character which I have adopted as mottos of my faith. First, what a person has done or said is less important than who they are. Second, serving others brings more joy into this world than serving myself. Third, it is important for me to try to be a good boy. This simple-sounding principle has been the most difficult and most important in my life. Being a good boy has included working hard, thinking the best of others, and standing for truth in every moment of my life. The motivating factor for living each of these principles has been my love for Jesus Christ. Through experiences in my lifetime, I have seen how each principles honors my Savior and helps me become more like God.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Throughout history the Lord has given us commandments to help us enjoy our life on this earth and to come closer to him. At times these commandments have included codes of health, such as the dietary laws given to the Children of Israel through Moses. Similarly in our day, through a modern Prophet named Joseph Smith, the Lord gave us a code of health called the "Word of Wisdom." This includes the Lords commands that we withhold from the use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea, and illegal drugs. The Lord gives great promises for following this commandment which includes spiritual knowledge and blessings as well as physical health. I believe that many of the spiritual and temporal blessings I have enjoyed in this life are a result of my obeying this commandment. Show more Show less