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Hi I'm Blake

I grew up in Phoenix in a family of 2 sisters and a mother. I converted to the church at 18. I'm a Mormon

About Me

Hello! I am currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Buenos Aries Argentina West mission. I have been an active member for a little over a year and a half, and I have been trying my best to explain my new found religion to other people. Before my mission I was planning on joining the Navy, but my uncle who is a Navy veteran and also a convert to The LDS Church convinced me it was better to go to school first. After a while and many profound experiences with him and his family I decided to be baptized. And now I will be putting school on hold for a little while longer as I serve this mission for 2 years. I hope to be useful to those around me and provide the same opportunities my uncle gave me to other people. I am very thankful to be apart of this church and to have met all the great examples and friends I have in it.

Why I am a Mormon

I had always been friendly to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ever since I could remember. My uncle had converted to the church while I was a child and as I grew, I saw the positive effect it had had on him. I always looked up to my uncle as a father figure as my own father was not very active in my life. As I came to visit him and his family periodically over the summers of my youth I was exposed to the LDS church. During this time I had not been seeking answers to the hard questions of life, but as I began to mature, I realized that I was not focusing myself enough on understanding my purpose here on earth and that I was not living my life to its full potential. I had not been active in my own religion for sometime, and although I knew of God, I didn't try to know God. After I had moved back to my home state I moved in with my uncle and his family. This allowed me to be exposed the church even more and soon enough I started meeting with our local missionaries. I had noticed that the teachings of the church fit with my own perceptions of the universe and it was relatively easy for me to make the change to be a member of the church. However it wasn't until the events of Hurricane Sandy, the super storm the devastated the east coast two years ago, that I truly felt that i needed to join the church. Working with the Mormon Helping Hands program, I was able to go to Long Island, NY and help with the clean up efforts there. The look of joy on the peoples faces was incredible as we worked to clear out basements, and even greater was the look when we denied their payment. Being in service to those who had lost so much gave me a new perspective on life and how we should all treat each other. I felt as though what we were doing was evidence that the church was true. That by the fruits and labors of the organization, you would know whether it was positive or negative. And after praying about it for sometime, I knew it was true, and so I was happily baptized.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being involved as much as possible with the events of my ward. If there is ever a service project or a charity event I try my best to assist in anyway I can. I try to help other people learn about my faith in engaging ways and by familiar example. This profile serves as an extension of this desire I suppose! Before I was called to be a missionary I served in helping the Youth of my ward as a Young Men's Councilor. After moving to a ward with people who are more around my age group, I was called to be a Ward Missionary, and to help our local missionaries in lessons with investigators. Now that I am serving a full-time mission I am able to fully devote my time, energy, and effort towards helping people find the savior. I have the unique opportunity to live my faith everyday constantly, trying my best to teach and provide service to those who desire to know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a Missionary it is my duty to spend my time in harmony to what the Savior would have me do at all times. We begin our days with a kneeling prayer, followed by intensive study of the gospel both personally and with each other. Through this, we gain a better understanding of the content we teach which helps us and our investigators grow and learn as Heavenly Father would desire them to. We then spend the rest of the day meeting with those seeking answers that The Lord so generously allows us to convey, meeting new faces and visiting old ones alike. Finally we end the day as it began, with a kneeling prayer. I am blessed to be able to served this mission and have the opportunity to devote myself to others everyday so completely for two years. I am blessed to be able to talk with people and share ideas and the love of God with each of them. I truly have been given a way to fully live my faith.