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Hi I'm Blain

I'm a retired police officer, husband and father of five, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the most wonderful woman in the world for over 30 years. We have 5 older children three boys and two girls, and two beautiful grandchildren. We met while residing in the same ward where I lived after returning from a two-year LDS mission to Switzerland/France in 1975. I pursued education in accounting, but became disinterested due to trends of dishonesty seemingly required in the profession. Refusing to participate in this type of dishonest lifestyle this field seemed to require, my interests turned towards the field of public safety. I applied to become a firefighter and was scheduled to begin testing the next morning when, during the night, I became uneasy and was convinced that this was not the direction I should take. I decided to apply to the local police academy. My mind was very calm and at ease, and it was confirmed to me that this was the direction I should take, although I also knew that my wife was not exactly pleased with this decision due to the perceived danger involved. The day of the tests there were almost 200 applicants for about 15 openings. I was blessed, yet somewhat surprised, that I became one of the 15 selections and began the police academy. My career spanned a total of about 28 years on the department and served in patrol, detectives, and as a sergeant in hiring and patrol. I retired in June 2011, and have been busy ever since with wife and family, knee surgery, and building a retirement home in the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents come from long-established Mormon families. I have pioneer ancestors that crossed the plains. I attended child/youth church meetings regularly and, at the age of eight, I decided to be baptized a member of the of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). Even though I grew up in a Mormon household and baptism was expected and likely, I still had to find out the truth of the church for myself, as everyone does, and begin to develop my own testimony. The Mormon church teaches, through modern scripture, that the age of accountability is 8-years old. I know that I was totally accountable and able, at 8-yrs old, to decide for myself to become a member. At baptism, I received the Gift of The Holy ghost, which allows me constant companionship and guidance of the Holy Ghost throughout my life as long as I live worthily. My testimony of the truth of Jesus Christ's restored church and gospel has grown exponentially throughout my life. I enjoy that warm and comforting feeling when I make good choices and when I learn of the Savior. Relatively soon after Jesus Christ established His church and priesthood on the earth in the meridian of time and was crucified and resurrected, the church fell into apostasy and sin. He, therefore, removed his church and priesthood from the earth for a time. In 1830, when the world was deemed to once again be prepared, the Savior restored His church and Priesthood to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. The Lord has always worked through prophets (Holy Bible, Amos 3:7). Ever since 1830, the church has had a living prophet at the Head of the Savior's church, called and ordained by prophesy and revelation. The current living prophet is Thomas S. Monson who receives continual revelation from the Savior, for the church and world. The prophet Joseph Smith had translated the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. I know without a shadow of doubt that these things are true. This is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am retired now, but during my career as a police officer, many people wondered how I could withstand the rigors of the job dealing regularly with the perceived "worst of society", and yet maintain my religious principles as a Mormon. My answer is this: Amazingly, it was actually this career that helped to support and increase my testimony of the truthfulness of the LDS church. Each day, I worked amidst the vast and stark differences between good and evil, which allowed me the rare opportunity to view these differences in humanity on a close and continual basis. It was then easier for me to choose the right, live the right, and supported me in my church worship and service, when presented with the opposing "dark side" of life and society that Satan teaches through crime, hate, hurt, and family discontent. Therefore, I believe that I am a better Mormon due to my career as a police officer. I have served in many callings in the church, and am currently the 1st counselor in the bishopric of my ward. A ward is a specific geographical area, which includes members and non-members alike. A bishopric consists of a Bishop (presiding member of the ward), and two counselors. I am one of those counselors to the Bishop. I am blessed with the opportunity to visit with, interview, and counsel many youth and adults in the ward. It is a very fulfilling calling. I have felt the inspiration of the Lord numerous times as He has assisted me in this calling. I know that I am in His service, and this work is true. I believe in the teaching that Honesty means always being truthful, fair, and sincere, and that Integrity means being honest when no one is watching. Well, there is always someone watching, and that would be God. I acknowledge my imperfections, but I always try to practice Integrity, and I hope I will never relinquish this through temptation, but if I "stub my toe", there is relief through repentance. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me this, and I know it is true.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon contains the writings of prophets and others who lived on the American continent between 600 B.C. and 400 A.D. It was written for our day. It is another testament of Jesus Christ, written in the New World by descendants of Joseph, son of Jacob (Israel), who was sold into Egypt (Ezekial 37:15-19). The Book of Mormon was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

God has said he will never leave us alone and that the heavens are not closed today. Just as in times of old, whenever the Lord's church has been on the earth, there has been a prophet, called and ordained by prophesy and revelation. The Lord has said he "will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto His servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7). The Lord's true church has been restored to the earth, and there is a true and living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, on the earth today. He is the prophet for the world, under direction of the Lord, Jesus Christ, whose earth this is. It is such an extreme comfort and joy that there is a living prophet on the earth today, just as Moses. The Lord loves each one of His children and will not leave us alone. I know this is true. Show more Show less