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Hi I'm Berlyn Flake

I am a flutist, writer, and currently a missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from a small town called Snowflake, Arizona. I graduated high school in 2012 and was able to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where I've always wanted to go. I am studying English and I hope to write young adult fiction and children's stories. Some of my hobbies include: playing the flute, reading, writing, gardening, and cleaning. I know, I'm probably the only young adult who would ever say that gardening and cleaning are fun. I just find it so rewarding! I work hard for something and I'm able to enjoy the benefits of it for a long time... at least until the dirt or weeds come back. I am currently serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Carolina Charlotte. Here in North Carolina, miracles DO happen. I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life so much and in the lives of those I teach. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Him for a year and a half. It is worth all the time!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of the LDS faith. Growing up, I loved the feelings I would get from going to Church and while I was never really excited to go I would come away glad that I had gone. The first time I read the Book of Mormon all the way through was when I was eleven. Because I was so young, it took me a long time to get through it. However, when I finally reached the end I read in the tenth chapter of Moroni the promise that if I would pray about the things I had read with a sincere heart that the Lord would testify to me that what I had read is true. That night I prayed with the intent to know of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and an overwhelming peace came over me. I know for myself that it is true! Every day since that I have prayed about that holy book I have received a reaffirmation that no mere man could have written it without the help of the Lord and our Heavenly Father. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was indeed a true prophet and the Church is true! In fact, something else that also helped me to know of the truthfulness of the Church is learning about the Prophet Joseph Smith. His life was extremely difficult because of the persecution he faced. He lost children as a result of his professions of seeing God the Father and his Son. He was also jailed as well as tarred and feathered on multiple occasions and in the end he even gave his life! No one would die for a lie!

How I live my faith

My religion is very important to me! I love being able to feel the peace and comfort that I get from the teachings of the LDS church. I honestly don't know where I would be without it! I live my religion every day. It is not just something that I do on Sunday; it is a part of me. I know that by being a member of the Church that I have promised my Heavenly Father that I will live according to the laws that he has set up. The laws don't force us down- they lift us up. By following the guidelines set up by God I know that I am able to be safer and happier, with more peace woven into my day. However, we all know that we make mistakes. I know that when I make a mistake that I can repent (which is possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ) and that I can try again. I am so grateful for the atonement and the opportunity that I have to become better and better each day.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Berlyn Flake
Baptism is the gate which leads to eternal life. It is a necessary ordinance (or sacred act in which you make promises with God) that we must all partake of in order to live with our Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, again. We know that when we are baptized that it is a new start, that all our past sins are washed away. It is a promise that we will follow Jesus Christ and do all that he has asked of us. Little children do not need to be baptized because they are pure. They do not yet understand right from wrong, and so God does not hold them accountable until eight years of age. All little children who die before this age are redeemed through the grace of Christ. "But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism (Moroni 8: 12)!" Show more Show less