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Hi I'm Blake

I'm a geneticist, a basketball enthusiast, a father of 6 amazing children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself to be a pretty well rounded person. Professionally, I'm a geneticist interested in understanding how our genes, passed down from generation to generation, make our body work and contribute to who we are. I work as a research scientist with patients and families who are struggling to deal with what happens when things go wrong with their genes, causing birth defects, genetic disease, or cancer. Since my youth I've loved participating in and watching almost all sports but I especially enjoy playing basketball. I love to travel and to see and learn new things from different people and cultures. I am married to the woman of my dreams and we are blessed with six beautiful and amazing children who are the greatest part of our lives. I love to read to my children, watch their sporting and music events, and play "tickle monster" with them. I'm fascinated by history and in particular my own family history because of the sacrifices, challenges, and successes that my ancestors have experienced. I feel tied to them, perhaps because I am who I am because of my heritage or because I carry pieces of them with me in my genes, but mostly because we are all part of one big eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a Mormon family, I choose to be a Mormon because I believe that the full and restored gospel of Jesus Christ is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church). I believe that God is our Heavenly Father and that he loves each of us because we are His children. I believe we are all participating in a great earthly experience that is part of our Heavenly Father's plan for us to be happy by learning to love and to serve our brothers and sisters. I believe that Jesus Christ is central to our Heavenly Father's plan and that it is only through Him that we can overcome our sins, weaknesses, and challenges and learn to love and serve one another as He did. I believe that if we truly seek to know Jesus Christ through prayer and study of His life and trying to live as he did, that we can know of His reality and love for us. I believe that God has called prophets to teach His children the truth about the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout all time and that He speaks to us through inspired prophets today. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored today through a modern-day prophet named Joseph Smith, and that he truly translated the writings of ancient prophets by the gift and power of God. I believe the Book of Mormon to be exactly what it professes to be, teachings of ancient prophets like those in the Bible, but who lived on the American continent. As I have sought to know Jesus Christ, I have found that personal prayer and study of the Book of Mormon have had the most profound impact on my life. I know that God is real, that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that God speaks to us in our day. I believe that through sacred covenants made in holy temples, we can be sealed together as families for not only this life but for all eternity. This is what the Mormon church teaches. I know it to be true deep in my heart and it brings me great joy and happiness. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day by trying to be the best person I can be whether that be at home, work, or at church. I want to be more like the Savior and so I try to be the kind of father, husband, neighbor, coworker, and friend that He would have me be. As I listen to my heart, I feel the inspiration of His Spirit in my life and that keeps me going every day. I know that my children need to know that I have faith in God and Jesus Christ and that life is good. I'm not perfect and it isn't easy but I know God loves me and He wants me to keep trying and never give up. In our local congregation I have the opportunity to work with many wonderful people of all ages. We attend church together, we teach each other, we lift each other when we are tired, sick, or struggling with life's challenges. It amazes me to see hundreds of people in our congregation who help and serve others every day simply because they care.