Hi I'm Blain
I work with at-risk youth. I contradance. I'm a Mormon.
I'm a dad. I work in the foster care system, working with some of the most difficult youth in that system. I am also a domestic abuse advocate. I enjoy Scottish Country Dance, English Country Dance and Contradance.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon because I was raised in the Church (second generation member) and have always viewed the world from a Mormon point of view. Since the time I first read the Book of Mormon at age 16, I've had a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true. Through the ups and downs of life, this has remained true, even when I didn't want it to be, even though I don't claim to understand what exactly the Book is or who it is speaking about, or even what it means to say that it is true, I have had the witness that it is. The stories and sermons it contains speak to my heart and help me feel a connection with God. I also believe that the name of the Church says some very important thing. First, this is the Church of Jesus Christ. That means that it is owned by him and directed by him. Second, it is a Church of Latter-day Saints. That means that it is made up of a whole bunch of Mormons. Jesus is perfect, flawless, and infallible, but Mormons are not. We do the best we can, with the tools that we have, like Priesthood and the right to inspiration and even revelation consistent with our responsibilities to understand what he wants us to do, and how to do it, but, from the bottom to the top, we are all imperfect, flawed and fallible. We get things wrong regularly, but, then, we can repent, learn and grow so that we become better. Like a bunch of rough stones rolling, we can only become smooth by experiencing the painful chipping away of those rough edges and the power of Jesus' Atonement.
How I live my faith
I live my faith to the best of my ability, which is far short of what I would wish it to be. It's very easy to see the ways I am supposed to behave, but much harder than that to make all the right choices, and I never reach that. Currently, I'm serving as the secretary in my ward's Young Men's organization. I'm getting to know the young men and their personalities, as well as tracking their attendance. Beyond that, I participate in the greater Mormon community through the internet, moderating support groups for LDS people who have experienced or are experiencing divorce. I also participate in online Mormon communities with people who have experienced some level of disaffection with the institutional Church as they interface with it, as well as those who like to dig a little deeper into Mormon history. And I participate in on-line recovery areas for Mormons struggling with addictive and compulsive behaviors. Recovery is a process of applying the healing power of the Atonement in our lives.