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Hi I'm Blake Rowley

I grew up on a farm. I am preparing to serve a full-time mission in Durban, South Africa beginning in Janunary 2013. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a large family, five boys and four girls along with our two parents. I was very active in football, basketball, and tennis throughout high school. I love sports and athletics. I have developed a love for singing, especially in a group or choir. I love to socialize with friends, dance, and just have a good time. For as long as I can remember I have worked on my father's plant nursery and fruit farm full-time in the summer and on Saturdays during the school year. This has helped in teaching me the value of hard work. I am thankful for the many leaders and role models in my life. My hope and my goal is to bring others joy. I will serve God and Jesus Christ as best I can, and strive to take the peace that comes from doing so to all the world, one person at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church on the earth today. He presides over it through President Thomas S. Monson. I know this is true. I know that it is true through the witness of the Holy Ghost which has caused me many times to feel and know that it is true. I have studied the scriptures and the Book of Mormon, and I know that they teach the word of God. Through diligent and earnest prayer I have come to know that God exists. We are his children. God's only begotten son, Jesus Christ, lives. He suffered and died out of love for us. He was not coerced. He chose to do the will of the Father, even over his own. We must follow his example, and find and do God's will for us. This, and only this can bring us true and eternal joy. Jesus Christ did his work, and continues now to do the work of the Father, which is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. He works tirelessly for the salvation of souls. When I think of all he has done for me and you, I tremble to think of the pain I have caused him through my sin. How can I be so selfish? He is my Savior, and I will never be able to sufficiently repay him. But I vow to do what I can. I promise to follow him and join in the work of saving souls through faith in Him and repentance. I know that the Holy Ghost is real. Through this spirit we can learn all things for ourselves. I invite all to diligently pray and study the Book of Mormon, and find out for themselves if it is true. I know that those who do so will come to know of its truthfulness. I love my God. I know that he loves me. He is my Eternal Father. I want to return to live with him as soon as I can, and I want to bring as many people as I can to see him with me. I love my elder brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. I weep at his goodness and mercy. His work is real. I know this, and because I know this, nothing else truly matters. May we all strive to do as he asks and follow Him.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith in a number of ways. Obeying God's first and second great commandments are the most important. To love God and my neighbor I try to be of service to those I come into contact with however I can, whether it be simply through a smile and handshake or otherwise. Striving to become more Christ-like and filled with charity each and every day, week, month, and year exercises my faith in Christ. I am not perfect, and fall short often, but as often as I fall I promise my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ that I will get back up and press forward. Through Christ's atonement, I know that this will eventually allow me to attain exaltation and true happiness. Membership, participation and leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints continues to be an active part of how I live my faith. I have been a part of organizing and participating activities for youth to help unify and strengthen us. Visiting elderly members and providing the sacrament for them has blessed my testimony as well. With a companion, I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting and teaching fellow member families and individuals of our faith, and their friendship.