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Hi I'm Nick Blake

I grew up in Idaho and my family were potato farmers. I moved to Mesa, Arizona after graduating college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am graduate of landscape architecture and environmental planning and have practiced in both the public and private sector. My wife and I have raised four children and love being involved with our family. Most of our vacations are spent visiting family across the nation. A few years ago we took up scuba diving as a family and have thoroughly enjoyed it. We take vacations as often as possible to dive locations such as Hawaii, Bahamas, Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, Bonaire and other Carribean islands. Involvement with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been the keystone of our lives and essential to the development of our personal and family values. I love this church as I do my own children. I would miss its presence in my life as I would if I lost a child. My own children are now starting families of their own and it is such a great experience to participate in the great plan that our father in heaven has laid out for us with my children's spouses and my grandchildren. Life is good!

Why I am a Mormon

My family have all been Mormon's from the earliest days of the church's restoration with Joesph Smith and Brigham Young. Some of my ancestors came west with the early migrations of Mormon's to Utah. I was raised by outstanding parents who taught myself and my siblings the importance of living a life after the example of our Savior. I have always strived to live up to their teachings by living a life of integrity and high moral character. I served as a missionary for the church in Illinois from March of 1974 to March of 1976. It was the single most important event in my life in solidifying my faith in Jesus Christ and the importance of serving others. It has provided me a foundation for what I feel have been good choices in striving to be a good husband and father. I have four very outstanding children that have made me very proud and have married outstanding spouses. Being a member of this church has meant everything to me, living its principals has strengthened me in tough times and allowed me to keep a positive outlook on the great things life has to offer. As a mormon I have not been immune to the difficulties life gives us. Temptations to do bad things has not by passed me and I have made mistakes in the past. What the church has provided is a benchmark for what is right and what the Lord expects of us through obedience to his commandments. If I have the strength to live as I should the church provides a perfect roadmap for me and my family back to live with our Heavenly Father and elder brother Jesus Christ for all eternity.

How I live my faith

Presently I am serving as the Bishop of our ward or congregation. This is a calling that I will serve in for about a five year period. It is extremely time demanding and carries with it responsibility to care for the poor and needy of all those who live within the boundaries of the ward or congregation. It also provides me with an opportunity to help church members work through the problems that life brings them. It further provides me with first hand knowledge of people who have made mistakes and have found the strength to over come those problems through obedience to the gospel and the teachings of Christ. It also has provided me with a first hand knowledge of those who choose not to follow the teachings of the church and the heart break and misery that can be a result of poor choices. I have had the opportunity to serve not only my church but my community as the church has partnered with the city on occasion with various clean-up projects and special community events. It has been great rubbing shoulders with so many in the community on so many worthwhile projects.