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Hi I'm Blaine

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an US Air Force physician, a pediatric gastroenterologist who works with children with intestinal, liver and nutritional disorders. I am involved in a pediatric resident training program and enjoying working with new, developing doctors. My wife and I have been married for almost 22 years and we have 4 great children--two in college, one senior in high school and a 9th grader. We are not a perfect family but we are close and enjoy spending time together. Before college I served a mission for 2 years to northern Japan. One year ago this month I was returning home from a 6 month deployment to Afghanistan. While I was there I acted as the lone pediatrician taking care of wounded children who were innocent victims of the conflict. Though difficult, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I felt blessed to be there to assist where I could. I connected with the parents, families and patients that were brought to our hospital and felt a kinship knowing that we shared the same loving Father in Heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. It would be easy to say that I adopted my beliefs because of tradition. I do not believe this is true. I certainly was taught by my parents and church leaders but I had to find out the truth for myself. When I was 15 years old I read the complete Book of Mormon and felt closer to God than ever before. There is a purity in that book. I came to feel very strongly through my study and prayers that it was the word of God given to his prophets. I feel the same way about the Bible. There was a time when I was a new missionary in Japan that I really struggled with the thought that I was sharing my faith and asking others to consider following the same pathway. I remember thinking "who am I ask others to consider my beliefs over their long-held traditions." I questioned what I was doing and had to search deep to know whether this was what I truly believed or was just following my own traditions. Through prayer and through the workings of the sweet feelings of the Holy Ghost, I came to know that this beautiful message was absolutely true. I have received that testimony over and over and over again.

How I live my faith

I love working and serving in the church. Over the years, I have mostly worked in callings that have involved the youth of the church. Sometimes this is a challenge but the rewards are tremendous as you feel their energy and see them grow in their own testimonies. I was recently called to be the bishop of our ward which is a congregational leader in our church. It has been both a wonderful and a difficult assignment from the Lord with many long hours. I feel inadequate at times but then I've realize that this is the Lord's work and not my own and that I have many strong and capable ward members to share in this great responsibility. I know we will succeed in bring others unto Chirst. I have felt tremendous blessings of strength and support from the Lord. Along with my calling as a parent, I receive the greatest satisfaction from life when I serve and love others. I find this especially true when I am helping to bring other to Christ who is the ultimate "way, the truth, and the light" and the source of all that is good. I love Him and want to pattern my life after Him.