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Hi I'm Blair

I'm a dad to 7, a grandpa to 25. I am a physical therapist. I'm a co-founder of an NGO working in Africa and, yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a physical therapist for 35 years, I love going to work each day and helping my patients recover from surgery, injury or disability. That’s my day-job in a great profession. My still beautiful and energetic wife of 41 years and I also founded a non-profit organization 11 years ago called Care for Life that works in Mozambique, Africa. Through a full-time staff of 60 local Mozambicans we focus on families and entire villages and organize and teach skills that transform and lift entire communities above a threshold of deep poverty to a pathway toward sustainable development. We have served two missions for the LDS Church in Mozambique – one a 3-month humanitarian mission coordinating the Church’s efforts in an international measles eradication campaign. We also lived in Mozambique for 3-years while serving as the LDS Church mission president for Mozambique and Angola. We love our kids and grandkids (there are a lot of them, admittedly). Our seventh child was adopted at 3 years old from an orphanage in Mozambique. She’s now a fabulous and talented 12 year old. For fun I like to go off-road/4-wheeling in my Jeep Wrangler.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a fifth-generation Mormon. I guess the pertinent question is why am I still a Mormon? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me to literally come unto Christ. It provides the helps, the means, to learn of the Savior and try, in a very challenging world, to still think of Christ each day and strive to become more like him. I'm not perfect - in fact, far from it. The Church nurtures my faith – and faith is an essential part of religion. But faith is not blind. There is real evidence that God is real, that his Son Jesus Christ is our Savior, that the gospel of Christ has been restored in its fullness once again upon the earth, that the Book of Mormon contains the words of God, and that Joseph Smith and his successors are indeed prophets of God. I identify with the following three quotes: • “All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson • About LDS Apostle Neal A. Maxwell: “Early in his home life, he experienced the witness of the Spirit, followed afterward by intellectual and experiential conversions. He found that the witness of the Spirit is more sure but that the other witnesses would increasingly corroborate his spiritual impressions.” From Bruce Hafen in A Disciples Life. • From Paul: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

How I live my faith

The LDS Church is organized locally into wards (congregations of 200 to 600) and stakes (groups of 8 to 12 wards). My wife and I have the assignment, since returning from our own missionary work in Mozambique a couple of years ago, to help young people who are 18 to 21 prepare for their own church mission service. We teach the Stake Missionary Preparation class each Sunday morning. It’s too much fun to be considered an “assignment.” We also serve on our area Public Affairs Council. How I “live my faith,” however, is what I try to do every day, what I try to be every day. That’s the challenge. It’s trying to close the gap between what I know I should do and what I actually do. I try to be caring and loving of those I am closest to and those I work with each day. The scriptures guide us to have faith, hope and charity – to be believing, to be positive in face of difficulties, to show love and help our fellow man. Like I said, I try. I’m not perfect.