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Hi I'm Blaine

I'm a professor a husband, a father and a grandfather and I'm proud to be a mormon. I grew up on a farm in Canada with 8 siblings where I learned to work.

About Me

I married the love of my life and we are the best of friends. We have been blessed with four sons and two daughters. My key responsibilities in life are to be a good husband, father and grandfather. Weekly, I take my wife on a date. Our children also enjoyed going on a weekly outing with either my wife or I. Even when they were teenagers, they would ask "When is it my time to have an outing?". They are now all married and we have 18 grandchildren all under the age of 15. Our children and grandchildren are so much fun to be around. I worked in industry for the majority of my career. When I retired, I went back to university and completed a PhD and I'm currently a professor at a university. It was hard completing a PhD when in my 50's, but I was able to do it with the Lord's great help. Without his help, I could not have done it!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members in the church and I had the opportunity to grow up in the church. Teachings from the church and the prophets helped me to understand why we are here on earth and where we came from and where we can go when we leave this life. In essence, it provides advice and processes on how I can live a fulfilling life and get to personally know and love my Savior. I had to develop a testimony on my own. I did this by reading and praying about whether the Book of Mormon was true. I found out the Book of Mormon was true via the power of the Holy Ghost. Since I received this answer, I then knew that Joseph Smith who translated the book from reformed Egyptian, was a prophet and that the Church is true. However, testimony is fragile and must be continually nurtured. Since that time, I have received repeated confirmations that God does live and knows me and that this is His Church. Another reason why I am a Mormon is that it provides a wonderful environment in which to bring up children who strive to be good Christians and citizens.

How I live my faith

Each day I strive to be a good Christian and live as Jesus wants me to live. As a young adult I served a two year mission to the country of Spain. I have been blessed to be leader of the youth - I was a scout leader for nearly a decade. This was a blessing to me as I was able to go on monthly hikes with my sons as well as with the young men in our ward (congregation). I have also had the opportunity to teach classes to both adults and youth and to be involved in leadership callings where I am responsible for a group of adult men. I am currently a bishop (Pastor) for our ward.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Blaine
The family is the basic unit of the church. The parents have the primary responsibility for the spiritual training of their children. The church has a supporting role in helping the parents in their efforts of bringing each family member back to live with our Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Blaine
When Jesus organized His church when he lived and preached in Jerusalem, a requirement for membership was baptism. He commanded those he taught to repent and be baptized. Jesus showed the way by being baptized by John the Baptist. During this time all baptisms were done by the authority of God. When the church was restored, this authority from God (The Priesthood) was also restored by John the Baptist and by Peter, James and John. Today, just as in the days when Christ walked on the earth, we are commanded to baptize those who desire admission into the church by immersion for the remission of their sins. This baptism must be done by someone who has the authority of God. Show more Show less