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Hi I'm Blake

I love to laugh. I love to learn. Yep... I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm from Utah. I'm close with my family and have had a lot of fun with them. Ahh yes, good times. I've been to a local community college for a few semesters and I'm attending there now. I'm working towards a degree in computer science. So far I'm liking the world of computer programming! I do love math. Yes, I can actually take pleasure in solving a math problem. Of coarse, that's not to say that math hasn't been a source of great frustration at times too! Anyways, I'm kinda geeky when it comes to stuff like that. Eating is another favorite past-time of mine. I love food, the colors, flavors, aromas, textures. Yum. I'll try anything atleast once...usually...well, maybe not anything. I love to laugh, but hey, who doesn't? I appreciate good humor. I love music as well. It inspires my imagination and emotion! Am I guilty of fantasies of me as a rock star performing on stage, receiving the praises of women and men alike?...no, of coarse not, that's dumb (yes). I often find myself drumming to a song stuck in my head, probably to the annoyance of those around me! When it comes to watching sports, college football is probably my fav. The cooler weather and pretty leaves isn't the only reason I love the fall! I love all the different match ups and playing styles. It's awesome to see two different teams collide! Watching my team play gets me pumped, that is atleast, when they're playing well! I love it! I like to play basketball too.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I've always been active in it. Obviously, I've always heard about and been aquainted with The Church and it's beliefs. They've always influenced the way I've viewed life and the world. They've influenced my actions and attitudes. For most of my life, I think I've always believed in them. I believe this is because the truthfullness of my beliefs have been confirmed to me by the Holy Ghost, whose purpose is to testify of truth. The Spirit speaks to us often through our feelings and impressions. For me, it's often a quiet reassurance. As I've gotten older, I've began to ask more questions. I'm a truth-seeker, for sure. I find so much joy in understanding! I find joy in things making sense. I've really began to ask myself what I truly believe. This has been by far the greatest trial in my life I have ever faced! I've realized one thing for sure: I definitely don't know everything! I know I have weaknesses and shortcomings! Nevertheless, I often feel I'm on the right course! I feel that the Lord is helping me to learn and grow. I believe He's blessed me. I believe in Him! I believe He loves us so much and wants us to succeed! I believe He knows us better than we know ourselves and knows what's best for us! I believe His son Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to overcome ALL our weaknesses and trials! I believe God wants us to return to live with Him and have a fullness of joy we can't even comprehend in this life!

How I live my faith

I feel I've had a desire to be obedient for most of my life. Again, I believe the Holy Ghost often guides me, so I try to follow the things I feel I should do. I believe this simple concept has blessed me a lot. Following God is not always the easiest path, but I believe in the end we'll be the happiest when we do. With this in mind, I try to live the principles I've learned and do what is asked of me. I have recently finished serving as a missionary for the Church in North Carolina. It has been a life changing experience! I have also been what is called a "home teacher." This is where another member of the Church and I have gone to visit a few families in my congregation each month. I was also a teacher for one of the classes held during church before I served my mission. I know that those past callings helped me to grow. They definitely helped me to serve as a missionary. Certainly being a missionary has helped me to grow too.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Blake
We are all children of our Heavenly Father. He created our spirits that dwell within us. As spirits, we lived with Him before we were born. A plan for our eternal progression and happiness was presented. Jesus Christ and His Atonement is the center of this plan. We accepted this plan and chose to come to Earth so we could progress further. Despite the necessary challenges of life, Heavenly Father wants us to have joy. Furthermore, He wants us to return again to His presence and there have a fullness of joy. This is made possible through following Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father wants to share all He has with us. Like it says in the Book of Mormon "men are, that they might have joy." This is why we exist. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Blake
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is another witness of His reality, divinity, and atonement to complement the Bible. It contains the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, it was written by ancient prophets of God. The prophets who wrote the Book of Mormon lived anciently in the Americas. The Book of Mormon is a record of these ancient peoples. They also knew of the Messiah. It even contains an account of Christ visiting and ministering to these people after His resurrection. It is evidence of the truthfullness of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Blake
The priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name. Man uses the priesthood to act for the salvation of God's children. For example, saving ordinances such as baptism or the bestowl of the gift of the Holy Ghost must be performed by a man who holds the priesthood. The priesthood can also be used for blessings, healings, or even miracles. The priesthood can only be used to bless others, not one's self. Heavenly Father is a god of order, and it is through the priesthood that His kingdom on Earth and Heaven have always been conducted. During different periods of time throughout the history of man, God has given the priesthood to man, and he, in turn, has given it to other men. For example, prophets like Adam and Moses held the priesthood. Christ held the priesthood and gave it to his Apostles. As Hebrews 5:4 teaches us, the priesthood can only be given to man by one who has it. This essential priesthood, because it had been lost for hundreds of years, was restored to the prophet Joseph Smith. It now resides with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Blake
Temples are sacred structures where ordinances of eternal significance are performed. In temples, we learn of eternal truths and our Heavenly Father's plan. We make covenants, or two-way promises, with God there, necessary for us to return to His presence. Couples and families can be "sealed" together, so our relationships can continue in the life after. Ordinances such as these, as well as others including baptism and the bestowl of the Gift of the Holy Ghost, are also performed by proxy for those who have passed on, who never received such ordinances in this life. These people will have the chance to accept or reject the ordinances done on their behalf. Show more Show less