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Hi I'm Blake Hartley

Raised in Meridian, Idaho. I'm an avid outdoorsman, sportsman, and athlete. I'm a full time missionary in Nicaragua. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up under the shadow of the Idaho mountains. I'm the youngest and only boy with three older sisters. Growing up in the mountains of Idaho also grew a huge love for the outdoors. I LOVE being in the great outdoors with nothing between me and nature. Hiking, camping, and backpacking all became loves of mine. By far however, my greatest love is riding dirt bikes. I've spent most of my life behind bars, handlebars that is, riding the trails of Idaho. Nearly every weekend, my family would pack up their belongings and head out in the family truck and camper to every corner and campground of Idaho. Even after many crashes and mishaps on the trail, it stuck with me, and I plan to ride for life. I also have a strong love for sports and athletics. I'm a huge fan of football, college football to be particular. Loyal to the one and only Boise State football team! I also played football, baseball, swam on the swim team, and ran the 300m and 110m hurdles in track. I played the piano, mostly because of my parents, but over time began to love it and play it often. Music was a big part of our home and was ALWAYS playing, so I also grew up with an appreciation for music. I received my mission call on April 24th, 2014. I'm called to serve for the next two years in the Nicaragua, Managua South mission. When I return from my mission I plan to attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah. I plan to study to become an Environmental Engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it encourages me to be a better person, it brings happiness and belonging, and reminds me of who I am in the sight of our Heavenly Father. In a rapidly changing world, there are many paths that we can choose to follow. When there are so many to choose from, how do we know which is the right one? We all have questions such as... Where do we come from? Where are we are going? What is our purpose is in life? The world, in general terms, is not equipped to answer these questions of the soul. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responds to these questions and brings hope, happiness, and meaning to our lives. I didn't always have a strong testimony of this Gospel, even if I grew up with it. I went to church and did the things that were asked of me without true conversion. After some time, I remember I just wanted to KNOW, instead of relying on the testimonies of my parents, leaders, and friends. My answer didn't come immediately or fully. I began to open the Book of Mormon with real intent to learn. I began to pray, believing that God was there and asking him to answer. I began to truly attend church, listening and applying the things that were taught. The answer came in time, that this was the true church upon the Earth in these latter days. I know that God lives and he loves us individually, and more than we can ever imagine. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Restoration and that he saw what he said he saw. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and is the truest book upon the Earth. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. I know that Christ died for my sins, and through his grace and my efforts to be better every day, I'm saved. I'm excited to serve the Lord on a mission for two years and share what I know. I KNOW these things without a doubt and leave you with my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to be Christlike in what I do, how I act, and how I present myself. I also live my faith by serving the Lord on a two year full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Nicaragua, Managua South mission. I share the glorious message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with others, so that they can know the happiness that I know. I also serve my fellow men by assisting them in all that they do, as Christ would do. My service and charity to others bless not just their lives, but mine as well, as I begin to love the people and see them as our Heavenly Father sees them, as eternal children of God. As a representative of Christ, I am his hands upon the Earth. I love, labor with, and teach the people I serve with.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Blake Hartley
We are all imperfect. No one has been, is, or ever will be perfect, except for our Savior Jesus Christ. However, we are not expected to be perfect on our own, but rather, we are expected to be perfect through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In the beginning, Heavenly Father sent us down to Earth from the pre mortal existence to continue our eternal progression. You can think of our life on Earth as a test. Just like any test in school, there are going to be missed answers and less than satisfactory scores. Heavenly Father knows that. His only request is that we try our hardest to get back to him and if we do, our older brother Jesus Christ, through the Atonement, will make up the rest, enabling us to pass the test. He was perfect for us. He took upon him the sins of the world in the Garden of Gethsemane. Our sins are already atoned for. However, just because our sins are washed away through Christ's actions, that does not automatically qualify us for the blessings of eternal life. We must continually try to do our best, to be more Christlike, and to be more like the person Heavenly Father sees in us, rather than what we see we can be. We are not saved as soon as we take upon us the name of Christ, but rather, we are saved through our continuous repentance and diligence to be better. We must have faith in Christ, and that he is our Savior. As a result, we are slowly transformed into the person he wants us to be, thus qualifying us for the ultimate blessing, eternal life. Show more Show less