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Hi I'm Blake G

I waterski. I snow ski. I love adventure. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at Brigham Young University studying Geography. I grew up all over the US and Europe as the son of an Air Force pilot, and as a result, I love to travel. I learned to ski before I even went to grade school. I try my best to find every excuse to get up to the mountain to ski. And in the summer, I'm out on the lake waterskiing. I like to jam on the guitar with my roommates and pretend that we'll make it big. I served a two-year mission in the Marshall Islands and loved it. I am always down to go on adventures and have a good time with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church and am grateful to have grown up this way. I have great respect for those who make huge changes in their lives to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up learning about Christ and His Atonement and learned at a young age to look to Him for strength and forgiveness when needed. As I grew older, I recognized the need to have a testimony of my own that could anchor me in the gospel. I read from and prayed about the Book of Mormon. I can't identify one experience where it all hit me at once and had a life-changing spiritual experience, but rather my faith comes from many small instances of the Holy Ghost comforting me and reassuring me. As I continue on following Christ, I am strengthened by the peaceful feelings I get from choosing to live according to God's commandments.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from a two-year mission in the Marshall Islands, where I lived with and taught the people there about Jesus Christ and His Atonement. It was a great blessing to be able to set apart two years of my life and give them to the Lord. I don't consider it a sacrifice at all, rather a privilege. I continue to serve now that I am home by visiting members of my local congregation and helping them in any way I can, such as teaching and offering meaningful service to them. I also help coordinate missionary efforts in my area and continue to help others hear of the wonderful message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Blake G
Everyone makes a big deal about coffee and tea and alcohol and all that. I've heard every argument about health benefits from using or abstaining from these substances. Doctors say this, scientists say that. Frankly, it's not a big deal to me. At the bottom of it, I believe with all mt heart that our loving Heavenly Father speaks to us through divinely called prophets today as in days of old. He knows the unique challenges we face in these days and gives us commandments to help us stay pure and be able to return to live with Him. I have seen blessings in my life from living the Work of Wisdom and know that anyone who sincerely wants to know if it's true, can just try it out, and pray about it, and they will see the happiness and peace that comes from following God's commandments. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Blake G
Families are the most important social unit in the world. Strong families create a strong society. Not everyone has an ideal family, but the gospel can help mend families torn by discord, misunderstanding, and unfortunate circumstances. I owe my life to great parents who did their best to teach me and raise me to be the man I am today. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Blake G
There are plenty of stereotypes out there about Mormons. Some of the are right on the dot, but there are many that are totally off base. I like to be different. I enjoy breaking the mold. And I can do that and still follow God's commandments. I don't tuck my shirt in every day and part my hair. Today's society likes to make you think that you have to indulge in all kinds of perversions of God's laws in order to have fun. But I have tons of fun and love life within the bounds that God has set. We are on this Earth to have joy. And we can. Show more Show less