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Hi I'm Colton Blum

I'm a singer. I'm an outdoor enthusiast. I am Canadian. I'm attracted to the same gender. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised on a farm in southern Alberta. I have a passion for singing, and been in a variety of musicals. When I was 21 years old I realized that I was attracted to guys. This was something that dealt a bit blow to my plans in life and my thoughts on my place in God's plan. After counselling with the church at 22 I served an honourable mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints in the Canada Halifax Mission. 6 months before I left for halifax I developed intense GI problems, which lasted for 3 months with no answers from the medical field. After 3 months of not having any problems the Church cleared me to serve a mission, only to have the condition come back 4 weeks into my mission. I continued to serve despite having an increase in symptoms and still no medical answers for 19 months. I have finally been diagnosed with Lyme's disease and will be starting treatment which can take 3 months - 3 years. I grew up living in a multi-faith home. One side of my family was mormon, and the other was Baptist. When I was 10 years old I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love: physical sports, being outdoors, hockey, badminton, skiing, wake boarding, hiking, and learning more about my savior Jesus Christ. I competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts, winning 2 singing bronze medals and one acting bronze medal in 2011. I returned in 2012 and won 4 silver medals for singing.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into a Christian family and went consistently to the Mormon church since I was roughly 7, there have been several points in my life that I hit rock bottom and needed answers or help if I was to remain active in the church. When I was almost 17 because of my past actions . It seemed like no one could help me. I tried counciling, and ignoring the problem. Because of loving leaders and friends I was able to learn the truth of repentance and how we can truly be forgiven of our sins and have the burden replaced with peace. -When I returned from my mission was another difficult time in my life. Despite battling depression, undiagnosed medical issues, and trying to reconcile a life as a Mormon living with same gender attraction I drew strength from the many incredible experiences I have had with God. No matter what I am going through I have been able to find out not only why that trial is in my life, but also how I can carry on (James 1:5) Some of those powerful experiences were as a 15 year old praying to know if the Book of Mormon was really true, and having such unexplainable peace and love fill my heart. As I missionary when I didn't want to go out and work because of the peoples behavior towards us and praying for me to have a change of heart and receiving it. When I had doctrinal doubts and even no longer desired the church to be true but the Spirit never left me and helped me understand the truth of that doctrine, and helped me forgive others and the Lord for the things I was experience. I am a Mormon because I have felt the Spirit testify to me that the Book of Mormon is true, that the Plan of Salvation is true, that there is a God and he loves me. He is our Heavenly Father and he is aware of each of us, and can help us not only to get by but to thrive in mortality despite the challenges we face. Because I know these things I know that the Bible is also the word of God, that Jesus is the Christ and that President Monson the Lord's Prophet today

How I live my faith

While I am no longer a full-time missionary for the church, I live my faith by sharing the God news that God's miracles and word has been restored to the earth once again, whenever I see the opportunity. I also try and make sure that I am connected with the lives of those the church leaders have asked me to help, hometeaching, and those I notice in need. Right now this includes visited a person with a terminal illness in the hospital, and sending messages of love and support to family and friends. I strive to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ and serve those around me. Joseph Smith was once told that the service he was rendering was appreciate but that they didn't believe in his religion. he replied "Some would say our religion IS service" probably the hardest thing for me in living my faith is not running from my problems. Whether they are caused by my own actions, or are simply part of God's plan for my life. The Lord has never commanded us to do something that is impossible and he always provides a way for us, even if it isn't easy. (1 Nephi 3:7)

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Colton Blum
We do believe the Bible to be Holy Scripture and the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. The Bible is a amazing book, filled with many truths. Words that can comfort, uplift, encourage, and also compel repentance. We also recognize that there have been many alterations to the Bible since the time that the documents that the bible is created from were written. As people translated it from language to language meanings were lost. Also in an attempt to simplify it people changed the writtings of the Prophets and Apostles of Old. Show more Show less