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Hi I'm Blake Stokes

I grew up in Russellville, Arkansas and I'm now serving a mission in Cambodia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently, I'm at the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center about to leave to be a missionary in The Kingdom of Cambodia. I have wanted to be a missionary my entire life. I grew up and lived in Russellville, Arkansas before I came here. I have a wonderful mom, dad, an older half-sister (who I just call my sister), two younger sisters, and a younger brother who all mean the world to me. My hobbies and interests include hanging out with friends, watching movies with them, playing ultimate frisbee, swimming, video games, and all sorts of things like that. Although I am the only member of the church among my friends, I have the utmost love for them and their rightous beliefs. I am currently 19 years old and have not gone to college yet. I graduated high school in 2010 of which I was the only member in my grade in my junior and senior years. When I return from my mission I hope to either go to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, or the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I am a pretty easy-going person and I love life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was rasied in the church since birth and have been an active member my entire life. Of course, I don't want anyone to think that this is why I am still apart of it. In my mid-teen years, I started really pondering why I believed all the things that pertained to this gospel. I read the book of mormon and pondered the things of the Bible. After many months of prayer and study, I recieved my answer from the Holy Spirit testifying to me my a warm, calm, peaceful feeling in my heart that the things that I have studied and were raised already knowing were in fact true; that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ, the same that He established all throughout time and once again when he came to this Earth two-millenia ago. I also knew that the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, did have the fullness of the gospel in companionship to the Bible; that Christ did visit the people of the Ancient Americas after His Ressurection after saying that there are "other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd" (John 10:16). I have seen many times in my life where this knowledge and comfort has greatly blessed my life as well as countless others that I've had the privilege of knowing. Knowing this has greatly given me the desire to bring it to others. I am eternally greatfull to know the truth.

How I live my faith

There are many ways in which I live my faith. As I have said previously, I am serving a two-year mission in the Kingdom of Camboida. This involves sharing my beliefs and knowledge with those who have not yet heard of it. Throughout the years, I have done countless activities and community participation with the Church in my hometown. This included carrying out an eagle scout project for our local battered-women's shelter, an emergency preparedness fair, helping set up local blood drives, and many other events. It has been a blessing in my life to participate in them. In the organization of the church, I have mostly served my time so far as a pianist, a chairman for the youth in central Arkansas, and a teacher whenever given the assignment.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Blake Stokes
Yes, we do believe the Bible to be the word of God. We do believe however, that over time and through many different translations of it, that it has lost some precious truths. The Book of Mormon compliments and testifies that the Bible is true. We believe both to be the inspired word of God. Show more Show less