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Hi I'm Blake

I am a father, husband, brother of 11, a son, a police officer, hunter a fitness enthusiast and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Logan Utah and raised in the small town of Hyde Park. I am one of three boys and I have nine sisters. My parents obviously were pretty incredible to raise us 12. I grew up never setting still, until the end of the day when I would often fall asleep from exhaustion, often at the dinner table. I played any sport there was, but took a certain liking to wrestling and football, which seemed to be my reason for being. My family were all LDS and it was quite a project getting to church on time, which rarely happened, but better late then never. I was taught by example of my parents to work hard. I somehow made it through high school at Sky View H.S. in Smithfield. I was blessed to be around great people. I served a LDS mission the the South Africa Cape Town Mission from 1997-99. I was very blessed to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world and have life changing experiences. Shortly after I returned from my mission I met my wonderful wife. Chrissy like most wives, kept me in line and we had the first of 3 boys in 2002. We had a girl in 2004 while living in Utah and going to Utah State University and after moving to Colorado we had the last 2 boys in 2006 and 2010. They are all amazing and although they seem to drive me crazy, we are planning on keeping them for the long run. In 2008 I began the journey to become a police officer, my wonderful wife has been very supportive in my new career which I love, although it is a very big challenge for spouses.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which I am so grateful for, but being born into the church doesn't mean things were always easy. I grew up going to primary and church and was able to feel the Holy Ghost and its influence in my life. I struggled at times to do what was right, but somehow I was able to stay active in the church through the good influences around me. I really think I knew from a very early age that Jesus Christ is the Savior and that the church was true, but I struggled to do what was right and to make the right decisions. One particular night that changed my life for good was when I really was headed down the wrong path, my best friend Taylor told me I needed to go on a mission. At first I thought he was joking, but I soon realized he was not. I, although not worthy of it at that moment, felt the Spirit bear witness to me that what I was just told was what I needed to do. From that night on I prepared to serve a mission, which truly changed my life. I still struggle, we all do, but what I learned as I study the gospel of Jesus Christ is that no matter what we go through in our lives the Savior will be there for us and we can be forgiven. I think the big turning points for me were preparing form my mission and my time as a missionary falling in love with the Book of Mormon. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and every time I read it I am amazed what a wonderful inspired book it is. I know Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is in fact Christ's only true church on the earth. I am truly blessed to be a member of his Church and to know the fullness of the gospel through the scriptures and modern day prophets. I use to do my utmost to avoid the term "Mormon," because of many negative connotations, but that has changed for me, I am happy to be a Mormon. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and all he has done for me.

How I live my faith

This is a hard one. I feel most of the time I am unable to live my faith. It is difficult to do all I should do. The good news of the gospel is that when we make mistakes we can be forgiven. For me I know that when I do my best and move forward in faith the Savior will make up the difference and I can still succeed. For me living my faith means trying my best and being willing to share my testimony with others. I believe that the key to living your faith comes down to what you are converted to. I believe you can be converted to certain principles of the gospel, the friendship of other church members, or a sense of belonging. I learned as a missionary if you are not converted to Jesus Christ it is difficult to stay on the correct path. I am so blessed that my conversion came as I learned of the Savior and his teaching through the teachings found in the Book of Mormon. I also know that as Joseph Smith said "a man can get nearer to God" by abiding by its teachings than any other book. The church is a perfect church, us as members of it are usually far from perfect. I find as I do the simple things of going to church, reading the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures and praying following the Savior is much easier. The best part is that as I do what is right I find true happiness in my life, something that is usually sought after in the world in just the opposite manner. God has given us so many blessings in the church that set us up for success in life and success in returning to live with Him again.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Blake
Being a missionary was one of the most important and wonderful experiences of my life. The best part about being a missionary was I was able to teach people that God has a plan for every one of us, the plan of salvation is what we call it. As a missionary I explained the plan something like this. Our goal here on earth is to gain experiences, gain a physical body and exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by keeping his commandments and when we do so we can return to live with our Savior and our Father in Heaven. God as provided us with a "map" called the plan of salvation, which is what missionaries share in their lessons. This great plan talks about all of the things necessary in life to be happy and what we can do to return to live with our Father in Heaven, including the principles and ordinances of the gospel. The wonderful thing about the missionaries message is they don't just expect you to believe what they have taught, but ask you to read, study and pray to find out for yourself if the things they taught are true. The good news of the gospel message that missionaries share is that Christ is real, he loves us and will help us in our lives. Show more Show less