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Hi I'm Blake

I am a Facilities Manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love my family and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a very busy father of 3, and a lucky husband of a beautiful daughter of God. I enjoy fishing, alligator wrestling (in my dreams), kayaking, wood working, and fixing things. I love to sit down with my wife and play Nintendo or backpack to Havasupai. I love movies and seeing things from different perspectives. I have learned to simply enjoy whatever I am doing and learn from whomever I am around.

Why I am a Mormon

I was an angry and lost soul for a few years, although I would have fought tooth and nail to try and prove otherwise. I grew up around the Church and even active in the Church off and on. However, I don't remember ever being truly converted to Jesus Christ. I realize now that I was trying to gain a testimony of 'The Church' before having a solid foundation in Jesus Christ. Once I came to know the Savior and what has been done for me personally, I wanted to learn all I could about this person who paid such a huge debt for me. I learned that the fullness of His gospel has been restored. The authority to act in the name of Jesus Christ is once again on Earth as the Holy Priesthood. The Book of Mormon as another Testament of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind. It goes hand-in-hand with the Holy Bible and are the Word of God in these latter days. There are prophets on Earth just as in ancient times who lead and guide Jesus Christ's church. Getting to know my Savior has changed everything...it has changed me.

How I live my faith

I serve as the Scoutmaster in my area. I strive to teach the young men the fundamentals of my testimony of this gospel which are: Service, honesty, hard-work, enduring to the end, obedience, forgiveness and kindness. I strive to help them see the importance of their roles as Latter-Day Saints and followers of Christ in this world. Each and every one of us has the ability to change someone's life by helping them to feel of our Heavenly Fathers love for them by living worthily so as to be a tool and a mouthpiece for Him.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Blake
We are going to do things in this life that would not allow us to live with Heavenly Father without a grand plan to become clean. "And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom."(3 Nephi 27:19) Through Faith and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be cleansed and forgiven of our sins. The Atonement is the epitome of God's grace which allows for all mankind to be resurrected. The scriptures teach us that after our resurrection, we will be judged by our works. (Romans 2:6-9; Revelations 20:12-13) And Faith without works is dead (James2:17). Faith is so much more than simply saying "I believe in Christ." Faith requires action. Action inevitably means there will be failures. The atonement of Christ allows us the opportunity to be forgiven for our shortcomings, pick ourselves up, and try again. This being said, Mormons DO NOT believe that we need to earn our way to heaven. As I mentioned, everyone will be resurrected because of the Atonement and Grace of God. No. Mormons DO NOT believe in earning heaven...we believe in learning heaven. There is no way we can repay what has been done for us through the Atonement, but we can choose to be grateful and obedient to whatever is asked of us by Heavenly Father. Much in the same way a student could choose to practice as hard as they can at the piano to show gratitude to their parents for paying for the lessons. Will practicing piano repay the parents? No. Never. Show more Show less