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Hi I'm Blaine

I'm a 34 year-old father and husband at home, a Vice President at work, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

By day I work as a Territory Vice President for the largest private university in the nation. By night I am an active father of four kids, ages 2 to 8, and husband of 12 years to the world's greatest wife. I live a simple life. Family night on Mondays, help coach my son's football team on Wednesdays, play tennis with the fellas on Thursday nights, and I take my wife out on a date every weekend. I love to watch college and pro sports with my oldest son. I am known in my family for making up random songs and stories to make my kids laugh, turning music up full blast to start impromptu dance parties in the family room when I get home from work, and my favorite hobby: making hilarious music videos starring my kids and posting them online. I try to stay active, working out with friends and not long ago I competed in my first triathlon. I'm from Pasco, WA and served a mission for my church to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I have a Bachelors degree in Marketing and an MBA.

Why I am a Mormon

Technically, I was raised in the church, though my family struggled with activity throughout my childhood years. It wasn't until I was in high school that I really began to see a difference in the lives of my friends who came from active Mormon families. I wanted the happiness that they had and as I watched them and the way they acted, spoke, treated others, I soon realized that it was the gospel's influence that drove this remarkable behavior. My testimony is my own, but it started because of great friends at a very impressionable time in my life. Around the age of 18, I officially made the decision to serve a full-time mission. I was scared because I didn't think I knew enough about the gospel, the Book of Mormon, the church. How would I teach others about its truthfullness for two years if I didn't know for myself. I had to read the Book of Mormon with an intent to know if it was a true testament of Jesus Christ as my leaders and friends told me it was. At the end of the Book of Mormon there is something that is commonly referred to as Moroni's promise. Moroni 10:3-5 says that if you ask God with faith and with real intent to know of the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon, you can know for yourself that it's true. Ultimately, I did what so many others can do when they are unsure. I asked God. Who better to ask, right? I knew without any doubt that it was true. I felt it. I knew it. And my life has never been the same since. I served a mission in South Florida and I testified to hundreds about its truthfulness. Over the years, my younger sister has asked me why it is that I am always so happy. The answer is easy: Because I know who I am. I know where I came from, and most importantly, I know where I'm going after this life. This brings such confidence to me each day. To know that I will be with my family for time and all eternity, to know that I hold the Lord's priesthood, his authority to baptize and bless the lives of others. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

If you were to visit me in my office at work, directly over my left shoulder you'd see a framed sign that reads, "No Other Success Can Compensate for Failure in the Home." It is a reminder to me to constantly keep my priorities straight each day. Promotions or making lots of money is not what it's all about. It's how you show up in life each day that matters. The Mormon church is not run by paid clergy. The congregation is run by the members that reside in its boundaries. Countless hours are given in service each week and I have that same opportunity. Members of the church will have a variety of temporary callings that are extended to them throughout their lives. Some of my past responsibilities include working with the young men in what we call the Young Men's Presidency, as well as the Boy Scouting program. I served as the Ward Mission Leader, which gave me the opportunity to work closely with the full-time missionaries and those not of our faith who were investigating the church. I have taught Sunday School to young children and have taught the Gospel Doctrine class to adults. I have served on a council of 12 priesthood holders that assist in the administrative, behind the scenes work that is done in our area. Currently, I serve as the 1st Counselor to our Bishop. In this calling, I have the chance to get to know the members of the congregation really well and will help the Bishop with whatever needs to be done. In addition to formal callings, I also get the opportunity each month to be what is called a Home Teacher. That means that I have a couple families assigned to me that I get to visit each month. I get to know their family and get to act as a resource for them in times of need. I also get to share a special gospel message in their home each month, which is a neat experience. At the end of the day, I'm a Mormon all day every day, and I try to live my life so that others who come in contact with me will see this without any doubt.

Are Mormons Christians?

Blaine
Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), said: “We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.” Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Blaine
I got this question when I was serving a mission in South Florida. Mormons do not worship the Prophet Joseph Smith in any way. We worship God and his son, jesus Christ. The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, not The Church of Joseph Smith of Latter Day Saints! We respect Joseph Smith for the all-important role he played in restoring the gospel to the earth and for translating the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Blaine
One of the biggest misconceptions that I've come across throughout my life as it pertains to my church, is that of our belief in Jesus Christ. Part of the reason why this misconception exists is because, although I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a commonly used nickname for the church and it's members is Mormons. This nickname stems from our belief in the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ. I believe that the Book of Mormon goes hand in hand with the Bible and serves as a second witness of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less