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Hi I'm Blair

I'm working on a master's degree in religious studies. I love to read and write. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In addition to reading and writing I also love music. I play the drums. I love my wife and I love my dog. After getting my master's degree in religious studies I hope to make a career in publishing or journalism.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, being Mormon began at home. I was born into a Mormon family. Growing up I was encouraged by parents and teachers to find out for myself whether (as we Mormons like to say) the "church is true." We do that by reading scriptures, praying about it, seeking personal revelation from God about it. We don't really seek a moment of being "born again" in an evangelical way, though we do have our own views on the importance of being born again through Jesus. For me, Christian discipleship as an ongoing commitment, something that actually envelops the family and the community, in addition to my individual salvation. I can't be saved alone and I wouldn't really want to be. A verse in the Book of Mormon says it beautifully: "And he commanded them...that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another" (Mosiah 18:21). Finally, to me, being Mormon is about seeking truth. Some members confine this search to the boundaries of specific Mormon literature, but Mormon scripture asks us to seek knowledge and wisdom out of "the best books" from all traditions. I love this quote from Joseph Smith: "We should gather all the good and true principles in the world and treasure them up, or we shall not come out true 'Mormons.'" I've discovered that it's OK to not agree with all my fellow Mormons on every issue. Love and support come first.

How I live my faith

As you might have guessed from my explanation of "Why I'm Mormon," I live my faith by finding joy and service in the church, and also by seeking education. Mormonism hasn't just given me some important answers, it's also given me some really hard questions, some great questions I haven't answered yet. So I keep going. Members of the Church really try hard to look out for each other. The LDS community gives us opportunities to meet people we wouldn't otherwise meet, to help each other out, to get outside of ourselves, to try and live a Christian life in a community. Also, we're expected to reach beyond the membership, not simply to convert other people, but to really care about and watch out for other people.