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Hi I'm Blake Reneau

Most of my growing up years were spent on a farm in Idaho... I served an LDS Mission to Texas... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Idaho and spent most of my growing up years there on a family farm. During junior high and my early teen years we moved to California because of Dad's work... then back to another Idaho farm. Dad thought that if he kept his sons busy working on a farm they wouldn't have time to get into trouble. And, for the most part he was right, but boys are still boys and I found opportunities to do things I was sure my parents wouldn't approve of. But all things considered I think I was a pretty normal guy. I played football, ran on the track team, wrestled and participated in the schools musical productions. At age 19 I accepted a mission call to the Texas South Mission and the two years I spent there changed my life. I had always thought that the Church was true, but now I was telling people that I KNEW it was. I couldn't keep saying that unless I really was sure. I prayed with faith and with 'real intent', expecting Heavenly Father to give me an answer. I didn't see an angel or hear a voice, but one day as I was bearing testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon I KNEW that it was true. Joseph Smith was a prophet. Heavenly Father does answer prayers. There have been times in my life when I was very active in the Church... and times when I wasn't active at all. That being said, there are three things I know I'm certain of. God does answer prayers, the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was a prophet.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because when I really needed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith truly was a prophet the Lord answered my prayers. The feeling that came into my heart at that time has stayed with me always. Even when I was not living the way I knew I should, it was that knowledge that brought me back. The Lord has told us what we need to do if we want to live with Him again. There are no short cuts. As I grew up, I often thought of the 'thou shalt not's' as road blocks to having fun. They really are sign posts meant to keep us out of heartache and trouble. Just as surely as traffic signs or signs warning us of quicksand and other dangers keep us physically safe, Gods commandments are put there as warnings to keep us spiritually safe. Living the Gospel has helped make my life happy and fulfilled, and I wouldn't trade it for anything else. Ever.

How I live my faith

After returning from Texas I attended school and within a couple of years found the 'love of my life' and we started a family. We were blessed with two daughters and three sons. Helping them to become the people they are today means more to me than any other accomplishment. I've served in many different positions in the church, however my favorite jobs have always involved working with the youth. I was a cub and scout master while my sons were growing up. All three boys earned their Eagle and both daughters received their Young Womanhood medallions. Unfortunately my marriage ended because of poor choices and wrong decisions... mostly on my part. Due to the divorce and my work I was inactive for several years. But because of good friends and caring Church leaders I never lost touch with the Church. In 2003 I met my Soul Mate on an LDS dating site and we have been extremely happy ever since. I have served as Family History Consultant, I am serving as a Missionary for the Family Search Wiki and I serve on the councils and as a leader in my local ward.