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Hi I'm Dave Blackmer

I live for my family. I love service. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Many years ago, I decided to set my top three priorities in life as follows: 1. God 2. Family 3. Religion This decision has guided me enormously in choosing my spouse, finding my career path, and in serving the Lord. Everything in my world revolves around these priorities, in that order. I struggled to become ready to serve an LDS mission. As I prayed and worked to become the man that I knew God wanted me to be, I felt more prepared and received a call to serve in the Madagascar Mission. It was absolutely the hardest and simultaneously most rewarding thing I had done with my life up through that point. I witnessed God's blessings daily, both in my life and others' lives. My wife's love of service won me over when we were courting. Our first date lasted less than an hour because someone needed her help and she was quick to respond. At that moment, her dedication and selfless care made me start to fall in love with her. My wife and I have dealt with the crushing despair of infertility our entire marriage. We trusted in God, even when it was hard to believe. We became foster parents eventually and ended up adopting two wonderful girls. I have a new definition of the hardest and most rewarding things in my life, but these girls fill our home with love and laughter beyond our deepest imaginations.

Why I am a Mormon

In the LDS Church, I have found sensible truths, continuing revelation from my Heavenly Father, and feelings of reassurance of my faith. I have witnessed miracles. I have seen spiritual healing and forgiveness from the heavens. I have been uplifted in gospel study--individually, with my wife, as a whole family, and through Church worship services. I am strengthened by each of these things. My faith is founded on my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I choose to be a part of His Church so I may become more like Him.

How I live my faith

I love serving in the LDS Church! Since there is no paid clergy, I have worked in a wide variety of responsibilities (or "callings"): teaching all age groups, conducting meetings, serving the poor in our community, organizing activities, mentoring Boy Scouts, maintaining building cleanliness, etc. Most of these callings put me outside my comfort zone and stretch my abilities. I'm grateful to the Lord who helps me fulfill these duties and grow in the process.