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Hi I'm Blake Urednick

I'm a Wrestler, Music Junkie, Called to Serve in the Reno Nevada Mission, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hey, my name is Blake! I started wrestling when i was 4 years old & baseball when i was 5 & loved the 2 sports ever since. I went to IPFW for my first semester on college, and now am preparing to leave for my mission here in March. My major is CGI with a minor in Exercise Physiology and will complete those degree's when i return 2 years from now. Wrestling is probably my favorite of the 2 sports i do because of the sheer intensity & dependance of myself in it. Baseball i have mostly been a catcher & outfield, but i like catcher the best. Also im a die hard MSU fan! I am also a huge music junkie, favs include Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Linkin Park and other genres except for rap. Growing up, all i really knew was wrestling & baseball; going to wrestling tournaments every Saturday. I qualified for state several times before high school, however i chose not to go because state was held on a Sunday. My high school career didn't go the way i wanted it to go, but i guess there's a good reason for that. For baseball i played on a traveling team (fav) & the All-Star team numerous times. I love to have fun and hang out with friends. My favorite book is rather hard to say as i absolutley Love to read. I love movies and TV shows (Smallville & Lie To Me are my favs). Also my favorite thing to do is go to the river & sit by the water or the camp fire & just think as well as be around friends. Also preparing to teach the gospel is something i truley cant wait for.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church but i am a LDS member because of the happiness it brings me, the plan of salvation, the sense of peace to my soul, the comfort during hardships & knowing whats right & true. I am one who thinks a lot at times and other times hardly at all (not acting wrongly or making dumb choices). When i do think, its usually in deep pondering about mostly the past and future & how i can make myself better both physically & spiritually. The doctrine of this church helps me with this tremendously as it gives me a sense of knowing whats right and what isn't. I also see the pure happiness & joy that this gospel brings to others & how they know that this is where they belong. It just lifts ones spirit up so highly to see another so happy and alive, sharing in what they as well as i know to be true. I really found my testimony & faith in this church in 9th grade. I was diagnosed with TTP, having to go to Riley's Children Hospital in Indy so they could treat me. I stayed there for 2 weeks & the first week was the scariest part of my life between not knowing what was going to happen & knowing that i could die. With TTP, it usually happens once, but i developed a long term version of it, so there is the possibility of relapsing. I survived it & since then i have relapsed 3 times, this past year ('11) being the most recent. Each of the stays for these relapses have been painful to go through as i would have to take over 300 mg of prednisone & the side effects that it causes as well each time having to put my life on hold & recovering after it, with the possibility of dying if treatment didn't work. Through these times i often read the Book of Mormon, thought about my life & prayed to Heavenly Father for the strength & comfort to get through it & to guide the doctors to do whats best. I survived each time & from them, i have gained deeper trust & faith in the Lord. I know this church & the Book of Mormon to be true & that the prophets are truly called of god.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by applying it to my life and following it. From the past experiences i had endured, which i and other experiences, i have been striving my hardest to be the best person i can be. For me it means reaching out to people regardless of what they look like or how different they might be. Its being one who cares about others and taking that step to reach out to someone who needs: help, a friend, someone to listen to them, comfort them, someone to understand them or just a smile. Although I'm not at all perfect, I try my best to follow the gospel and make a difference in peoples lives as i realized early in my life that life is a gift we often take for granted and that we should make the most of it and that this sometimes takes just a little act of kindness everyday. Everyday, i listen to my 2 favorite hymns (This is The Christ & I Need Thee Every Hour), and when I'm doing whats right, the feelings they bring to my soul, just astounds me every time. I feel so warm and happy and at peace with the world and myself, that i want to go out and share the truthfulness of this gospel to everyone that they too may be as happy and feel the same things i feel when i am doing whats right and following the gospel. I pray to my Heavenly Father often for guidance, strength to do whats right, to watch over those i know and love, and to tell him how my day was as well. Through all that the church and gospel has given me i am most thankful for it. Without this i would not be near who i am today and i am most great full to my parents and The Lord that i am not. This faith keeps me on the right path and helps me continue to do what is right no matter what and i love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ with all my heart, mind and soul and strive to be like them.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Blake Urednick
One definition listed for ‘cult’ in Webster’s Dictionary is “a religion regarded as unorthodox.” Since the roots of Mormonism are not a break off from the Catholic or Protestant churches, it is seen by some as “unorthodox.” For example, the LDS definition of the Godhead differs from the Nicene Creed accepted by most Catholic or Protestant churches. The “cult” label is usually applied by Church opponents attempting to criticize or discredit the Church. However, sometimes it’s simply a matter of characterization that has grown up over time by the lack of understanding. Such misunderstandings often vanish when people begin to realize the commonality of what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really teaches and believes. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. When people begin to see and recognize these things about Mormons, then their opinion of the Church usually changes, and old beliefs are replaced with new understanding. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Blake Urednick
The power to create children is very sacred. Our Father in Heaven has commanded that the sacred power and privilege of sexual relations be exercised only between a man and woman who are legally married. This is the law of chastity. It means that we must not have sexual relations before we are married, and after we are married we should have sexual relations only with our husband or wife. Keeping the law of chastity brings safety, happiness, peace, and self-respect. It also deepens married love and protects families. Breaking this law is serious. But those who have broken it can gain forgiveness and peace through repentance and obedience. God wants the best for you and for all of His children. Following God’s plan of reserving intimacy for marriage will help you and your family be happy. Show more Show less