Blair: cancer, heart, transplant, health, challenge, dinner, Mormon.

Hi I'm Blair

About Me

I am a husband, a father of four (3 girls, 1 boy), and I love to fix things around the house. I was born in California, raised in Montana and Utah, and lived in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Jersey and Illinois. I raced BMX when I was a teenager. Having lived on both ends and in the middle of the country, we have been able to travel and see lots of historic sites. Family road trips are a favorite thing to do in the summer. My oldest daughter has had lots of health challenges - read her story at the bottom.

Why I am a Mormon

My Great-Great-Grandfather was converted in 1833 in upstate New York. In reading his journal, I learned that he was converted after he read the Book of Mormon and felt the Spirit touch him, so he knew it was true. I was born into the church, but consider myself a convert because I had a similar experience as my G-G-Gpa with the Book of Mormon. My life is better because of having the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I am a better husband, a better father, a better friend, a better citizen and co-worker and neighbor. It gives me direction in life, in how I conduct myself, whether in a personal setting or business. I also know who I am... I am a child of God! We all are!

Personal Stories

Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?

My oldest daughter has had 3 heart transplants, beaten cancer 6 times (going through chemo 4 times), and had multiple other surgeries. Her first heart transplant was when she was 19 months old. We were new parents and were just devastated when she got sick enough that a transplant was her only hope. We fasted and prayed for her, and invited friends and relatives to fast and pray for her too. We saw a miracle when she got her new heart after only 9 days of being listed for a transplant. There is no doubt that MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN! Her 2nd transplant was when she was 12 and her 3rd was shortly before she turned 15. We consider each one a miracle. She is now in college and if you met her today, you wouldn't know anything was wrong with her health. We are a stronger family because we had to rely on our Savior to help us through it. Our other children have a greater appreciation for how precious life is and understand that this life is not the end. Our Savior made it possible for us to live together as an eternal family after this life. Knowing that brings peace when we go through challenges.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to treat people as Jesus Christ would. Family time is precious, so we try hard to have everyone home at dinner time. We sit around the table and share what happened that day. I think we laugh more than we eat! We also read scriptures together so we can learn more about Christ. Family prayer is how we begin and end each day.