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Hi I'm Blair

I grew up in central Illinois. I love art, traveling, and languages, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in central Illinois my whole life, but I've traveled all around the United States, and I've traveled abroad. I'm an only child. When I'm not at college, I live with my parents and my cat, Axl Rose. I love serving others. When I finish college, I hope to work for a nongovernmental organization in Northern Africa. I'm majoring in International Relations and minoring in French. I'm serving a mission in Korea, and I plan to continue studying Korean when I return from my mission. I love art. I love making it, and I love seeing it. My mom and I go to art museums together, and we paint together. I also really like painting pottery. I love to read. I read all kinds of books from Harry Potter to Madame Bovary.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother has been taking me to the LDS church since I was two, so I've basically been a member of this church my whole life. My father converted to this gospel when I was five. Until I was about fifteen, I went to church because it was what my parents expected me to do. I went through a lot of really hard situations when I was fifteen. I knew I wouldn't be able to make it through them without help from my Heavenly Father. I prayed every night for help and strength for weeks. My prayers were answered so clearly that I knew it was not a coincidence. My Heavenly Father had answered my prayers, and I knew for myself that He was real and that He loved me. The summer I was fifteen was also the summer I read the Book of Mormon for the first time by myself. I really studied it and wanted to know if it was true. I know without a doubt that it is a true book and that there is no way Joseph Smith could have made it up. I felt the Spirit stronger than I ever had while reading the Book of Mormon. Since then, I have continued to build my testimony and grow closer to God and the Savior. The gospel gives me such strength in my life. I know that with the Lord's help, I can do anything. I know that He loves me and that He's always there for me. The gospel brings me such happiness too. It gives me a purpose to life because the gospel contains so many answers to questions that people wonder about like "why are we here?" and "what happens after we die?" This gospel means so much to me.

How I live my faith

Last year, I was a Sunday School teacher in my congregation at college. It was a tough task because I had to prepare a lesson that lasted an hour on Sunday on top of having to get all of my homework done. I have grown a lot in my knowledge of the gospel from this calling, from both preparing my lessons and the comments members in my class gave. This year, I am in charge of leading our congregation in prayer on Sunday nights. My co-chair and I try to make it a fun experience to help members of our congregation get to know each other better. Praying is very important because it is how we directly communicate with God, and praying as a congregation helps us all to grow closer together and to our Heavenly Father. I am currently preparing to serve a mission for the Church. I know this Church is true, and I want to share this gospel with others. I'm going to be serving in the Korea Busan Mission for eighteen months. I am so excited to share Christ's love and His gospel with the people of Korea. I've also participated in service activities through the LDS church and other service organizations associated with it. I've made educational games and hats for children in poor countries, and I've done other activities, as well.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

In the Book of Mormon, there is a verse that says, "All things denote there is a God" (Alma 30:44). This verse is so true. The human body is so complex. All the structures and systems that are involved work together to make our bodies function. These intricate designs can't possibly have happened through chance. The beautiful physical features of this earth can't possibly have been created by chance. These things and so many others have to have been created by a divine creator, by our Father in Heaven. On a more personal note, I know there is a God because He has answered my prayers. This has born witness to me that God exists and that He cares about all of His children. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is amazing! The gospel gives me so much strength and joy in my life. When I'm feeling stressed or sad, I know I can turn to the scriptures, prayer, fasting, or the temple to receive the strength that I need to keep going. When I am living the gospel and striving to follow the Savior's example, I am the happiest. I also feel like I am sort of in the spotlight as a Mormon. My friends or just people in general who know I am a member of this church are always watching my actions. They look to see if I'm keeping my standards and behaving in a righteous way. I always want to make sure I'm setting a good example for others. I also get a lot of questions about my faith because people know that I'm Mormon. Show more Show less